For other people named William Woods, see William Woods (disambiguation).
William "Bill" Woods (born 1962 in Moruya, New South Wales) is an Australian television journalist and radio and television broadcaster and host. He is best known as the presenter, alongside Sandra Sully, of Network Ten's Ten News at Five in Sydney, which he left in November 2012.
In 1982 Woods graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College of Advanced Education (now University of Canberra) and in early 1983 began another three-month course in Commercial Radio Broadcasting at the Australian Film and Television School. After that course he was employed, along with classmate Mike Hammond, by 2BS Bathurst owner Ron Camplin, who then used the young DJs as morning and afternoon hosts for one of his other regional stations, 2LF Young.
In early 1984 Woods was offered a journalism cadetship with Radio 2WS in Sydney. He filled all kinds of news reporting and presenting roles, as well as major sporting event coverage. This included a trip to The Championships, Wimbledon, in 1987 to cover Pat Cash's historic win. The following year he accepted the role of 2WS Sports Director. In late 1988 he was offered a part-time job at Network Ten, which soon resulted in an offer of full-time work as a sports reporter for the evening news.
Woods was with Ten since 1989. He began as a reporter, progressing to fill-in presenting on weekends and by the end of the year became the main sports anchor alongside Ian Leslie in Ten's half-hour evening news. Soon after Eric Walters replaced Leslie, Woods was replaced by Graham Hughes. After stints on Good Morning Australia with Tim Webster and Kerri-Anne Kennerley as a sports commentator, Woods was asked to fill in for Webster on a few occasions. This led to his appointment in a series of sport broadcasts outside the news department.
He was the presenter for Ten's National Basketball League coverage from 1992 to the mid-1990s, as well as acting as play-by-play commentator for Sydney Kings home games. Woods continued in the news room as regular weekend presenter on Ten's Sports Tonight from 1996 to 2005, as well as acting as a back-up presenter to Tim Webster on weeknights.
Woods was also the face of Ten's motorsport coverage from 1997 to 2005. He hosted the magazine programme RPM, six of those years with former World Champion Barry Sheene. Sheene and Woods also anchored and commentated on the World Motorcycle Championship (Motogp). The pair became firm friends, and Woods broke down during the episode dedicated to Sheene after his death from cancer in 2003. In 2004 Woods also filled the role of commentator in the V8 Supercar Championship Series alongside regular commentator Neil Crompton.
In January 2006, Woods began presenting Ten's Early News. In 2007, he permanently took over Ten's Weekend News, replacing Tracey Spicer. In January 2009, Woods replaced Ron Wilson as presenter of Ten News at Five in Sydney. Woods' time presenting 'Ten News at Five in Sydney and his time at the network was ended abruptly as the Ten Network moved all Ten News at Five broadcasts to a single-anchor format in late 2012, his last broadcast aired on November 29, 2012.
Woods was with Network Ten for 23 years.
He currently co-hosts SportsFan Clubhouse on 7mate, which is a sports entertainment show made up of sports news, views and social media.
Woods first major sports anchoring role was at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. He fronted TEN's national news coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was prime-time anchor of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games telecast.
The ill-fated 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was a particularly difficult role in the national spotlight. With Ten being the official TV broadcaster of the race, he delivered regular news updates from Hobart (along with yachting commentator Rob Mundle) on the unfolding tragedy brought about by severe gale-force winds and sea swells reaching several metres in height. Five competing boats were sunk and six people died.
He has also hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup from France, the David Beckham interview and match telecast, as well as numerous Australian F1 Grand Prix, Australian Motogp, Gold Coast Indy and Bathurst 1000 telecasts.
He has anchored five Logie award-winning telecasts: four for the Bathurst 1000 coverage, one for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He has also anchored and commentated on a variety of other events and series, including the 2007 and 2010 Federal Election Telecasts, Triathlon Grand Prix and Australian Ladies Masters golf tournament.
In 2009 and 2010 Woods hosted a two-hour sports variety show called Thursday Night Live on the ONE HD channel.
During the summer of 2007-08, Woods occasionally filled in as a stand-in on the nightly 2UE sports program, Sports Today. In 2009-10 he and Deborah Knight also filled in on Weekends with George and Paul.
Woods currently co hosts The Hit Up, on ABC Grandstand radio.
In his time away from television commitments, he has written a book, Legends of Speed, about Australia's great race drivers. His second book, El Magic: The Life of Hazem El Masri, a biography of rugby league player Hazem El Masri, was released in 2007.
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