The ABC has announced it will replace its axed current affairs program Lateline with a half-hour news bulletin to be hosted by seasoned presenter Jeremy Fernandez.
The 30-minute late-night edition news will air Monday-to-Friday Australia-wide from 29 January.
Fernandez will also continue to present the NSW 7pm News on Fridays and Saturdays.
ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said Fernandez had an impressive track record as a journalist and presenter. “Jeremy brings solid journalism credentials to this role and we are delighted to have him in this key position,” he said. “As well being a skilled and experienced presenter, he has a natural warmth that viewers respond to, and he is a highly valued member of the ABC NEWS team.”
The appointment caps a busy year for Fernandez, with other highlights including presenting the ABC’s New Year’s Eve Broadcast, the Australian of The Year ceremony, Q&A, Lateline and the NSW 7PM News, as well as anchoring a string of major breaking news events on the ABC NEWS channel.
“It has been an eventful and enriching year for me and I’m thrilled to be launching the ABC’s late-night national bulletin in 2018,” Fernandez said.
“I’m looking forward to finding my new home on the national ABC TV schedule next year. It’s a great privilege to be welcomed into people’s lounge-rooms and bringing them up to date on the news that matters to them.”