Dean Beck

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Dean Beck is an award winning broadcaster, journalist and producer for Australia’s only LGBTI radio station, JOY 94.9FM in Melbourne.

He is the founder of Australia’s most listened-to community radio program, Hide and Seek – an award winning show about sex and sexuality targeted at gay men. Dean remains the Executive Producer.

Word For Word is his weekly in-depth interview program, syndicated nationally to over 70 radio stations around Australia via the Community Radio Network.

Known for his critical analysis of politics, the HIV sector, sexual health and community issues, Dean often breaks big news stories before they hit mainstream media and is senior journalist and host of The Informer.

A tireless advocate for people living with HIV and an Ambassador for the ENUF HIV stigma campaign, Dean coordinated and hosted JOY 94.9’s ground breaking 24 hour radio and video web streaming broadcast, World AIDS Day Worldwide, a global conversation held on December 1 2013.

From the announcement of Melbourne as host city for AIDS 2014, to the devastation of the MH17 disaster, from scientific breakthroughs to the lasting legacy of the conference and beyond, Dean’s coverage of AIDS 2014 was the most comprehensive of any Australian journalist. His content aired on JOY 94.9FM, and on The Wire, a nationally syndicated daily current affairs radio program.

Dean moderated the Global Village Connect Webinars Series on behalf of AIDS 2014 conference organisers, providing the opportunity for people around the world, to ask questions and engage in discussions with the conference presenters.

Dean has produced and presented many TV specials for Channel 31 and Bent TV and has anchored the 2015 and 2016 national radio broadcast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, heard on SBS Digital 3, Community Radio Network and streamed live worldwide via the Mardi Gras YouTube channel. 

On  the 21st of April 2015, Dean went public with his HIV positive status in an article published by Star Observer.  His advocacy and public leadership regarding HIV, men’s health, mental health and suicide prevention continues with inside HIV the podcast for positive people.

Awards include:


  •    Addam Stobbs Award for Broadcast Excellence – JOY 94.9FM
  •    Volunteer of the Year (Finalist) – Victoria’s Minister for Health Awards
  •    Community Endeavour Award – Living Positive Victoria
  •    Media Award for HIV Awareness – Living Positive Victoria


  • Best Digital Media Initiative 2014 – World AIDS Day Worldwide – CBAA
  • Inaugural Award for Media Excellence – GLOBE Awards 2014