Andrew Mercado

MC Sydney & NSW

About Andrew Mercado

In 2012, Andrew Mercado was named one of TV’s most “seven significant commentators” while The Sunday Telegraph described him as a “walking TV encyclopedia”. Building on a diverse and distinguished career in entertainment, Andrew now appears alongside Deborah Hutton on THE FOXTEL MOVIE SHOW seen on Arena and also screening every hour, on the hour on the Movie Preview Channel.

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Andrew is a key weekly contributor to Sydney’s top rating breakfast radio show Jonesy and Amanda on WSFM where he talks TV. He is also regularly heard on radio across Australia on ABC local stations, including Richard Glover’s Drive show on 702 Sydney.

Andrew Mercado developed a love of TV and movies early on in his youth while spending every Saturday night hanging out with the projectionist at his local suburban picture theatre. Years later, Movie World studios opened on the Gold Coast so he quickly found himself a job there as Location Manager for the TV series Paradise Beach. Following this, he became the Unit Publicist for TV shows The New Adventures of Flipper and Pacific Drive.

With the opening of Foxtel, he decided to move to Sydney where he soon found himself working as the publicist at music station Channel [V]. Within a year he had been spotted and moved into an on-air role where he has been on air ever since.

Now Andrew Mercado is one of Australia’s best-loved and busiest media commentators on all things pop culture. He appeared weekly for seven years as the Movies Man on Kerrie-Anne and is regularly featured on A Current Affair (even sending this role up for the Chaser boys on The Hamster Wheel). From 2009 to 2012, Andrew produced and hosted The Playlist for Showcase on Foxtel.

For several years Andrew was The Sunday Telegraph’s TV writer finishing in 2010. He is also a bestselling author having released the encyclopaedia Super Aussie Soaps in 2004, a novel about the history of Australia’s locally-made television serial dramas. And he contributed to the book 100 Greates Films of Australian Cinema and co-wrote a guide about Prisoner for the world’s biggest DVD box set.

Andrew is still fondly remembered by a generation of music fans as ‘Super Mercado’ after becoming Channel [V]’s inaugural entertainment reporter in 1998 and then became the first regular face on sister channel Music Max. Whilst he would work simultaneously on both stations, eventually he crossed over to Max full time to create, produce and host the panel show The Know.

Over the years he has interviewed such A-listers as Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Marianne Faithfull and Fleetwood Mac (to name just a few) but he often gets more of a thrill meeting Aussie TV legends through his work as a TV Historian for the National Film and Sound Archive. He also supervises the release of classic TV shows like Number 96 onto DVD for Umbrella Entertainment.

He is also in demand as a host, MC and auctioneer for the Australian Film Radio and Television School and charities ACON, Aurora and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

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