Smithson started his career at Seven in Adelaide and has remained there. He moved to Melbourne to become Seven's chief police reporter for a short time. He has previously been brief host of Today Tonight Adelaide and European Correspondent.
He married the sister of channel seven presenter John Riddell, and remains in Adelaide with two children.
He was promoted to co-news presenter on weekends in the 1980s.
In 2007, Smithson won 3 awards at the SA Media Awards: the inaugural award for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique for his work with the Sunday Mail, Best TV news report and the prestigious title of Journalist of the Year.
AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS MACKLIN ISSUES TRANSCRIPT ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE SCHEME
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