Constantine (Con) Giotakis
Constantine (Con) Giotakis was born in Manoliassa, Ioannina – Greece, in 1946. After completing his primary education, he moved to Elefsina, Attica, to attend technical school. He migrated to Australia when he was 18 years old and worked in various jobs to earn a living (factory worker, construction worker and as a construction contractor). Con had a passion for sports: he was a key player, but also a Board member, for many years in the football team “St. Gerasimos of Leichhardt”, in the State Championship of New South Wales. Following this passion he slowly went into sports journalism.
He started off as a sports broadcaster at the then newly established radio station 2EA, which evolved (in the 1990s) into SBS radio. In 2EA he worked as a Broadcaster and Journalist for the Greek Program, for almost two decades. At the same time, he was the sports editor of the English language 2EA News Department, supplying all their national programs with sports news, covering all major international sporting events and publishing – on a daily basis – a special multi-page sports booklet for the needs of the station. Con was a member of AJA/Media Alliance for over 15 years. For the total of 34 years in Australia he was an active member of the Panepirotan Federation of Australia. He moved back to Greece in 1994 and worked as a journalist, mainly for ERT (1995-2011). Con used to be the Editor-in-Chief and co-presenter of the ERT’s special TV Program for Greeks in Australia (1995-1998).
He’s married to the (Greek-Australian) Journalist and Broadcaster Vasso Morali.
- Primary and Secondary School: Ioannina and Elefsina, Greece
- Australian Film – Radio & Television School, Sydney (Radio Broadcasting)
- Work Experience
- Sep 1975 – Oct 1994 (19 years 2 months):
- Journalist – Broadcaster with 2EA – SBS Radio
- 1975 – 1991 – Sports Broadcaster and Journalist:
- Contributor to AAP, Vema Newspaper, O Kosmos Newspaper, The Greek Herald Newspaper.
- Stadium announcer for the home games of Sydney Olympic / for away games he broadcasted live on radio and TV
- 1980 – He was the co-editor and editor of the weekly sports newspaper “OMADA”.
- 1990 – 1994 – Correspondent of the Greek television station “ANT1” in Australia
- 1990 – Published the first Business Directory for Greek-Australians in Sydney and NSW (on behalf of the Greek Herald)
- 1994 – Resigned from 2EA/SBS and returned to Greece
- Jan 1995 – Jun 2011 (16 years 6 months):
- Journalist with ERT S.A./HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION
- (Athens, Greece – Kavala, Greece)
- Member of the Press Office of the Prefecture of Drama, Greece
- 1996 – 2002 – Press and Public Relations Officer for the Athens company AKTION S.A.
- Dec 2011 – Present: Retired Journalist