Tracey Spicer to name 'serial predators' in local media industry

Tracey Spicer says she will reveal the names of "long-term offenders" of sexual harassment in Australia's media industry, and has called on her social media followers to share their stories of harassment and abuse.

The veteran journalist, a regular contributor to Fairfax Media, said she was currently investigating two offenders but there are "plenty more".

She said she's already received a number of private messages from women, detailing harassment by powerful men in the industry.

Tracey Spicer says she will reveal the names of "long-term offenders" of sexual harassment in Australia's media industry.

Tracey Spicer says she will reveal the names of "long-term offenders" of sexual harassment in Australia's media industry.

"These are serial predators who've been enabled by their workplaces," Spicer told The Australian.

"They deserve to be held to account after the way that they have behaved over many decades... We're actually looking at prosecutions, as well as exposing these people," she said.

On Thursday, Spicer revealed the name of one "monster" from Australian TV - the late Nine News director, John Sorell.

Sorrell, who died of a heart attack in 2009, has been described as "the architect of the ratings success of Nine's news during the 1980s and '90s."

Spicer says Sorell's misconduct was discussed in her memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare, which detailed multiple instances of sexual harassment she'd experienced throughout her media career.

The campaign comes in the wake of Hollywood scandals involving Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein and Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

Weinstein is being criminally investigated following allegations of rape and sexual assault against a number of actresses. Price was ousted as head of Amazon's TV development arm after a female producer accused him of sexual harassment.

The public fallout of the two powerful men, particularly Weinstein's astounding history of abuse, led to women sharing their own experiences of harassment and assault using the hashtag #MeToo, in an effort to emphasise the scale of the problem.

The hashtag led to the offshoots #HowIWillChange and #IDidIt, which called on men to take responsibility for their role in enabling such a rampant culture of sexual harassment and abuse.

Earlier this week, Spicer lamented the protection and secrecy that greeted powerful predators in the local industry.

"Interesting that punishment often seems swift in the US corporate, media and entertainment space, but not in Australia," she tweeted.

"In fact, in many Australian media companies, offenders are simply shifted to another site, Catholic Church-style. Or, actually, promoted...," she wrote.

This story Tracey Spicer to name 'serial predators' in local media industry first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.