Richard Wilkins is Nine's Entertainment Editor and occasionally co-hosts Weekend Today .
New Zealand born Richard - affectionately known as 'Dickie' – has spent more than 30 years at the forefront of Australian television and has interviewed the cream of the international entertainment industry - from Madonna to The Rolling Stones, and from Andrea Bocelli to Nigel Kennedy.
Richard came to Nine in 1987 to present MTV, which set a new benchmark for music television in Australia.
While he steered MTV through its six year run and made guest appearances on MTV US and MTV Europe, his career expanded in other directions with magazine columns, syndicated radio shows, TV specials and exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the world.
Before his media career, Richard was a teacher's college graduate in New Zealand, majoring in English and Music, and it was the music side that took over.
From an early age a promising career as a classical violinist was dashed when his trained ear first heard the strains of the Beatles' Love Me Do. Richard Wilkins (or Richard Wilde, as he was then known) became one of New Zealand's top pop stars and Polygram signed him to a world-wide deal.
In 1980, he brought his band Wilde And Reckless to Australia and released some singles and a six track EP and toured with Grace Jones.
Richard left the music stage to work behind the scenes as Promotions and Marketing Manager for Sydney radio stations 2-DayFM and 2UW, and then he moved to television at Nine.
Richard has hosted a myriad of top rating TV specials from ‘Angelina Jolie: Unbroken and Exclusive’, the eight-hour Millennium Live, the Annual Tropfest Short Film Special and for ten years, the New Year’s Eve Festivities and Fireworks over Sydney Harbour.
Richard is regularly the Master of Ceremonies at the G’Day LA and G’Day USA Gala Events in Los Angeles and New York. In 2006 Richard returned to the stage, winning acclaim for his role as Vince Fontaine in the mega-production “Grease: The Arena Spectacular”.
Richard released his book Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms in September 2011 to great acclaim. His insightful and hilarious recollections from the front-line of the entertainment world becoming a #1 Best Seller.
In 2012 Wilkins added another string to his bow, joining the team at Sydney and Melbourne’s new FM radio station Smoothfm and has enjoyed spectacular success, hosting the key weekend shift 10am - 1pm.
But it's not all work for Richard. He's a tireless supporter of numerous charities including the Starlight Foundation and Spastic Centres. He was awarded the Variety Club's Ricky May Heart of Variety Award for his continuing support of humanitarian causes.
In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Wilkins was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for “significant service to the community through a range of charities, and the entertainment industry.”
He's also a keen environmentalist and a proud father.
To follow Richard on twitter visit @RichardWilkins