He later moved to Grafton to work at 2GF before a 12-month stint at 2KY in Sydney, returning to 2GB in 1973 to take over the morning show. Cordeaux then became the station's breakfast presenter in 1974.
After acquiring a 10% interest in 5DN, he was promoted to the position of Managing Director. He later sold his interest in 5DN, and purchased 5AD and 5SE from Hoyts Media. He sold the stations to the Australian Radio Network in 1996.
In December 2016, Cordeaux announced he was leaving FIVEaa, after mistakenly believing the station wanted him to move to another timeslot to replace Alan Hickey, assuming Hickey's employment was being terminated. However, after being informed that Hickey was leaving the station to undergo cancer treatment, Cordeaux elected to stay.
Cordeaux was the founding chairperson of the Variety Club of South Australia, and has been associated with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Red Cross, SA Great and The Smith Family.
Cash for Comment Affair
In 1999, Cordeaux was implicated in the cash for comment affair when ABC Television's Media Watch program aired allegations by former 5AD news director Neil Wiese. Wiese claimed he had been pressured to tailor news bulletins to incorporate an endorsement deal for 5AD's advertisers in 1993, which guaranteed them undisclosed and subtle preferential treatment during general on air programs and news bulletins. Media Watch cited a letter of complaint Wiese had sent to the Australian Broadcasting Authority, and a memo allegedly outlining the deal which claimed the station would have sought to create "industry authority status" for the businesses through news bulletins and program segments. Media Watch criticised the Australian Broadcasting Authority for its lack of interest in the matter, and for their lack of action regarding a "serious deficiency" with the radio industry's code of practice.
The Australian Broadcasting Authority subsequently announced it would investigate the claims made against Cordeaux on Media Watch.
In response, Cordeaux said Wiese was a former employee who had been terminated for dishonesty, and who had orchestrated a "ten-year campaign of venom and vindictiveness", and who had since been employed by the ABC. Cordeaux said he had never done anything wrong. Cordeaux later said the memo was an internal document which originated from a "think tank" discussion, and the endorsement deal outlined in the memo never eventuated.
However, following the Australian Broadcasting Authority's investigation, Cordeaux was found to have substantially breached the industry's code of practice. The ABC found Cordeaux's undisclosed personal sponsorship deals with the likes of Adelaide Casino, Network Ten, GIO and Optus had influenced the content on his programs. The ABA found 5AD to have breached the codes of practice on twelve occasions, prompting another enquiry into both 5AD and 5DN. In response, Cordeaux rejected his actions were "cash for comment", saying it was advertising rather than commenting.
Cordeaux later said in a 2004 interview that there was nothing covert about the relationship he had with the businesses as everyone had known about his close association with the sponsors. He said although the rules changed, he was not breaking any rules in place at the time. However, he said he applauded the ABA for the changes as they require announcers to be more transparent, removing any ambiguity.
In May 2017, Cordeaux was convicted after pleading guilty to one count of driving with excess blood alcohol. He had recorded a reading of 0.102 during a breath test on 15 December 2016, while returning from a Christmas party. Cordeaux was issued with an immediate loss of licence for a period of six months. The magistrate recorded a conviction, fined Cordeaux $950 and was ordered to pay $520 in court costs.
The conviction and punishment were handed down in Cordeaux's absence, as he had failed to attend the court appearance at Adelaide Magistrates Court. He later complained about not knowing about the scheduling of the court proceedings, and said he had expected someone from South Australia Police to inform him when he was due to appear.
Cordeaux faced a similar drink driving charge in 2005, after he allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.085 during a random breath test in late 2004.
Vintage car collection
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In 2017, his collection included:
- 1967 Jaguar E-type
- 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn
- 1954 MG TF
- 1949 MG TC
- 1994 Mercedes-Benz SL 600
- 2010 Maserati 695
- 1962 Volvo P1800 S
- 1966 Volvo P1800 S
- 1972 Volvo P1800 E
- 1957 Jaguar XK150
- 1949 Morris Minor
- 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche
- 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL 500
- 2012 Ferrari F430
- 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
- 1963 Ford Thunderbird
- 2003 Rolls-Royce Corniche
- 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE
- 1947 Jaguar Mark IV
- 1962 Triumph TR4
- 2014 Ferrari California
- 1964 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
- 1951 Land Rover
- 1963 Ford Thunderbird
- 1951 Bentley
Dog killing incident
In July 1995, Cordeaux's two Jack Russell Terriers "Bollie" and "Bellini" were killed by an Angora goat breeder Peter Dansie, who claimed the dogs had killed two goats and injured ten others on his property. The man claimed he used a rabbiting knife to kill the two dogs, but would have shot them had he had a gun.
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