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Nine News

Not to be confused with 9News.

Nine News
Nine News logo
Division of: Nine Network
Opening Theme: Cool Hand Luke
Founded: 1956
Headquarters: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Area served: Worldwide
Broadcast programs: Today
Weekend Today
Financial Review Sunday
Nine News: Early Edition
Nine Morning News
Nine News Now
Nine Afternoon News
Nine News First at Five
A Current Affair
60 Minutes
Parent: Nine Entertainment Co.
Website: Nine News

Nine News (formerly National Nine News) is the national news service of the Nine Network in Australia.

Its flagship program is the hour-long 6:00pm state bulletin, produced by Nine's owned-and-operated stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth.[1]

National bulletins also air on weekday mornings and every afternoon. In addition, a supplementary regional news program for the Gold Coast in Queensland also airs each weeknight. For many years National Nine News was the dominant news service provider in Australia, however lost their way through the mid 2000s, before regaining the lead in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane by 2013. The network's Director of News and Current Affairs is Darren Wick.

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Final logo for National Nine News (2006).

National bulletins

Nine News: Early Edition

Nine News: Early Edition is a half-hour bulletin airing at 5:00am on weekdays, presented from the network's Sydney studios by Julie Snook.

The bulletin was originally a pre-recorded and was presented as the "AM Edition" of the Qantas Inflight News, a daily news bulletin for passengers of Qantas airways. Early morning bulletins were introduced in the early 1990s as Daybreak and, later, National Nine Early News until 2003 when Today was extended to begin at 6am. The Early News resumed for a brief time at 6am in 2005 and was presented by Sharyn Ghidella and Chris Smith before again being cancelled. Amber Sherlock and Alicia Loxley have previously presented the bulletin.

In October 2014, a new era of the bulletin launched with its contract ending with Qantas. The bulletin was renamed Nine News: Early Edition with a dedicated news feed on the right of screen, finance and weather flipper at the bottom, a look-ahead to Today and the presenter taking up less than three-quarters of the screen. There was a look at the newspaper front pages which showed the front pages of the two Sydney/Melbourne papers, The Australian, The Courier Mail and The Advertiser. There was even a live cross in which the bulletin prior to October was pre-recorded.

Nine Morning News

Nine Morning News airs at 11:30am on weekdays, presented from the network's Sydney studios by Davina Smith (Monday - Thursday) and Deborah Knight or Brett McLeod (Friday) with sport usually by Erin Molan or Yvonne Sampson. Fill-in presenters include Amber Sherlock, Deborah Knight, Jayne Azzopardi, Brett McLeod and Natalia Cooper (news).

  • The Queensland edition is presented from the studios of QTQ by Eva Milic and sport is presented by Sam Squiers.

The morning bulletin, originally known as National Nine Morning News, has been broadcast since 1981 and was originally presented by Eric Walters. The bulletin was extended from 30 minutes to a full hour on Monday 4 May 2009.[2] From 2004 to October 2008 the bulletin was known as the Morning Edition, and until May 2009, was branded the AM Edition.

Nine News Now

Main article: Nine News Now

Nine News Now is a news magazine program, airing at 3pm on weekdays and presented from the network's Sydney studios by Amber Sherlock (Monday) and Amelia Adams (Tuesday-Friday). Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Natalia Cooper, Sylvia Jeffreys, Lisa Wilkinson, Amber Sherlock, Deborah Knight, Ross Greenwood and Ken Sutcliffe.

The program mixes news coverage with entertainment news and topical discussions.

Nine Afternoon News

Nine Afternoon News airs at 4:00 pm on weekdays, airing as three separate programs.

  • The national edition is presented from Sydney by Davina Smith (Monday - Thursday) and rotating presenters (Friday), sport by rotating presenters with weather presenter Livinia Nixon. Fill-in presenters include Amber Sherlock, Deborah Knight, Brett McLeod and Natalia Cooper (news) and Garry Youngberry (weather).
  • The South Australian edition is presented from the studios of NWS9 by Rob Kelvin with Warren Tredrea (Sport) and Virginia Langeberg (Weather).
  • The Western Australian edition is presented from the studios of STW-9 by Emmy Kubainski with Michael Thomson (sport) and Scherri-Lee Biggs (weather).
  • The Queensland edition is presented from the studios of QTQ by Eva Milic ( Monday- Thursday) and Allison Ariotti (Friday), sport is presented by Sam Squiers and Garry Youngberry on weather.

The program was initially launched in 2004 as Afternoon Edition at 4:30pm in response to the launch of a 4:30pm bulletin on Seven the year before, brought about by extended coverage of the invasion of Iraq. On 29 June 2009, the bulletin was replaced by an hour long news magazine program, This Afternoon, which was axed after 12 programs due to poor ratings. The half-hour bulletin returned on 15 July 2009 and was extended to 60 minutes in November 2010.

A separate edition for Western Australia was introduced on 14 March 2012 and is simulcast on WIN Television in regional WA. Regional news coverage is incorporated into the bulletin following WIN's decision to end separate WIN News bulletins for regional Western Australia.[3] The local bulletin was axed in July 2013 but latterly reintroduced on Monday 7 October 2013.

Another edition for Queensland was introduced in 2014. It was the networks initiative of building live news coverage.

Past presenters of the bulletin include Georgie Gardner (2004), Mike Munro (2005–2006), Kellie Sloane (2006–2008), Leila McKinnon (2008), Wendy Kingston (2008–09), Alicia Loxley (2011), Mark Ferguson (2009), Wendy Kingston (2009-2012) and Amelia Adams ( 2012- early 2014).

Nine News: First at Five

Nine News: First at Five airs at 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, presented from the network's Melbourne studios GTV9 by Alicia Loxley and Sport is presented by Clint Stanaway

The bulletin was launched in January 2011 in response to Network Ten's decision to move its weekend evening bulletin to 6pm - the network reintroduced a 5pm news two months later. Nine's 5pm bulletin does not air in Sydney and Brisbane on Sundays during the NRL season or when cricket is airing nationally in its timeslot. The bulletin was originally presented from TCN by Peter Overton and Ken Sutcliffe but moved to GTV9 in 2015.

Nine News Updates

Short localised updates are presented during the afternoons by various state-based reporters or presenters.

National evening updates are presented on weeknights from Sydney's TCN 9 studios. Late updates on weekends are presented from Perth's STW-9 studios.

Online bulletins

Ninemsn Newsroom

Ninemsn Newsroom[4] was an online bulletin streamed at 12:30pm on weekdays, presented from Sydney. The bulletin was also available to be downloaded as a vodcast from the Ninemsn Newsroom website. The program was cancelled and replaced in 2013 with Nine News Now which airs on the network from 3.00pm.

Live streaming

In June 2008, live streaming of the 6pm bulletins in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane was introduced to the Nine News website. These bulletins can be viewed nationwide, regardless of the home market of the viewer. Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News (and later Nine News Now) are also streamed live online. As of 2014, Adelaide and Perth 6pm bulletins can also be viewed online. The ability to view live press conferences, and live feeds from various Nine News helicopters from around the country during a breaking or developing story was also added to the Nine News website.

Nine Newsbreak

Nine Newsbreak is an iPhone and iPad app that was launched in 2011. The app is constantly updated with videos from Nine's newsrooms around the country and overseas along with specially produced 60-second video reports and full video packages taken from Nine News bulletins. There is also a user generated functionality, enabling consumers to take a photo or video and send it via the app, direct to Nine's newsrooms. In 2013. Nine Newsbreak was merged into the Nine Network's Jump-in app.

Local bulletins


Main article: Nine News Sydney

Nine News Sydney is presented from TCN-9's Sydney studios by Peter Overton (Sunday - Thursday) and Georgie Gardner on (Friday and Saturday), with sports presenters Ken Sutcliffe (Sunday - Thursday) and Cameron Williams (Friday and Saturday), and weather presenter Amber Sherlock.

The bulletin is also simulcast on local radio station Hope 103.2[5] and throughout regional southern and central New South Wales and the ACT on WIN Television. The main fill-in presenters for the bulletin are Wendy Kingston, Deborah Knight and Cameron Williams with sports presenter Tim Gilbert, Erin Molan and Yvonne Sampson. Belinda Russell, Natalia Cooper and Vicky Jardim are fill-in weather presenters.

The Sydney bulletin was presented by Brian Henderson for 38 years – a record that still stands today. Henderson retired in November 2002, with then Sunday and weekend presenter Jim Waley taking over as weeknight anchor. After falling ratings Waley was replaced three years later by weekend presenter Mark Ferguson,[6] by which point, National Nine News had lost its long-time ratings lead in Sydney to the rival Seven News.

Peter Overton became Nine's main Sydney anchor in January 2009, with Ferguson returning to his former weekend role[7] (replacing Michael Usher and his predecessor Mike Munro[8]) for seven months until his decision to leave for the Seven Network saw him replaced by Georgie Gardner.[9]

During 2011, the 6pm Sydney bulletin overtook Seven's Sydney news in the ratings for the first time in seven years, winning 21 weeks compared to Seven's 14 weeks.[10]


Main article: Nine News Melbourne

Nine News Melbourne is presented from GTV-9's Melbourne studios by Peter Hitchener on weeknights and Alicia Loxley on weekends with sports presenters Tony Jones (weeknights) and Clint Stanaway (weekends), and weather presenters Livinia Nixon (weeknights) and Rebecca Judd (weekends).[11] The bulletin is also simulcast on local radio station Light FM, throughout regional Victoria on WIN Television Victoria every night.

The late Brian Naylor presented National Nine News Melbourne for 20 years from 1978 to 1998. Following his retirement, he was succeeded by Peter Hitchener as weeknight presenter, while Jo Hall took over from Hitchener as weekend presenter. Hall scaled back her work with Nine to news updates and fill-in duties in November 2011, with Weekend Today newsreader Alicia Loxley taking over as weekend presenter.

Fill-in presenters for the 6pm bulletin include news presenters Tony Jones, Jo Hall and Brett McLeod, sports presenters Clint Stanaway and Corey Norris, and weather presenters Justine Conway and Rebecca Judd

At the end of 2011, Channel Nine and Nine News in Melbourne moved their base from Bendigo Street, Richmond, to a new building in Bourke Street, Docklands.


Nine News Brisbane is presented from QTQ-9's Brisbane studios by Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes on weeknights and Darren Curtis and Alison Ariotti on weekends. Sports bulletins are presented by Wally Lewis on weeknights and Ian Healy on weekends with weather forecasts presented by Garry Youngberry on weeknights.

The 6pm bulletin is simulcast in Brisbane on community radio station River 94.9, across regional Queensland on WIN Television and throughout remote eastern and central Australia on Imparja Television. Regular fill-in presenters for the weekend bulletin include former ABC News weekend presenter Lisa Backhouse, former main anchors Bruce Paige and Heather Foord and weather presenter Davina Smith.

Bruce Paige and Heather Foord co-anchored the 6pm bulletin from 1995 until 2002, when Foord joined Mike London as a weekend anchor and Jillian Whiting replaced her on weeknights. London resigned in June 2003 after allegations emerged that he had organised a female friend to complain about the presentation of weeknight anchor Bruce Paige.[12] Foord and Whiting swapped positions in 2004 with Melissa Downes taking over as weekend anchor in 2006. Despite these position changes, Nine News Brisbane retained a long-standing ratings lead until it was overtaken by the rival Seven News Brisbane bulletin in 2007.

Foord resigned as weeknight anchor on 5 December 2008[13] and was replaced by Melissa Downes on weeknights with Eva Milic and former ABC newsreader Andrew Lofthouse fronting weekend bulletins. A year later, Bruce Paige retired as a weeknight anchor (to be replaced by Lofthouse) and Heather Foord returned to present weekend bulletins solo for two years. Paige returned to full-time newsreading in January 2012, fronting Nine Gold Coast News.


Nine News Adelaide is presented from the NWS9's Adelaide studios by Kate Collins and Brenton Ragless on weeknights with Will McDonald presenting on weekends. Sport is presented by Warren Tredrea on weeknights and Kym Dillon on weekends, with weather being presented by Virginia Langeberg on weeknights.

The weeknight bulletins are simulcast on local radio station 107.9 Life FM and nightly across the Riverland and south east regions of South Australia on WIN Television with a replay at 11:30pm on weeknights.

Rob Kelvin and Kevin Crease presented the Adelaide edition of National Nine News from 1988 until 2007, one of the longest serving news presenting teams in Australia. Caroline Ainslie previously presented the news with Kelvin until 1987. Throughout the 1990s, Deanna Williams was the main fill-in presenter and state political reporter. Following Kevin Crease's death in 2007, Kelvin was partnered with Kelly Nestor, whose contract was terminated two years later. Kelvin retired on New Year's Eve 2010, but was brought out of retirement in 2014 as the presenter of the local afternoon news bulletin.


Nine News Perth is presented from the STW9 Perth studios by Tim McMillan and Emmy Kubainski on weeknights and Louise Momber and Liam Bartlett on weekends, with sports presenters Michael Thomson (weeknights) and Shaun McManus (weekends). Weather is presented by Scherri-Lee Biggs on weeknights.

The 6pm bulletin is simulcast each weekday on local radio station Sunshine 98.5FM and nightly across regional Western Australia on WIN Television with a weeknight repeat at 11:30pm. Fill in presenters include Christina Morrissey, Matt Tinney, Ebbeny Faranda & Tracy Vo (news), Tyson Beattie (sport), and Lee Steele (Weather).

Dixie Marshall was a chief weeknight presenter between 2002 and May 2011, presenting alongside Sonia Vinci as Australia's first duo female news presenting team for five years until early 2008, when Vinci was replaced by Greg Pearce. Sharlyn Sarac and Matt Tinney previously co-anchored weekend bulletins until Sarac resigned in 2010. Tinney left a year later to present WIN News in regional Western Australia.

Natalia Cooper was a weather presenter for Nine News Perth until her resignation in June 2008.[14] A year later, she joined Seven Perth to replace retiring veteran Jeff Newman as its weather presenter.

In November 2012, Greg Pearce resigned as main presenter.

Gold Coast

Main article: Nine Gold Coast News

Nine Gold Coast News is a regional news service for the Gold Coast, presented by Bruce Paige, sport is presented by Patrick Kilmurray and weather is presented by Courtney Pattinson. The bulletin airs at 5:30pm on weeknights as an opt-out broadcast on QTQ-9's Gold Coast transmitters, before the main 6pm Brisbane edition of Nine News. Produced from the network's studios at Surfers Paradise, Nine Gold Coast News is also simulcast on local Gold Coast radio station Juice107.3.Paul Burt Presented the weather until joining Seven News Brisbane replacing John Schulter. Darren Curtis and Patrick Kilmurray fill in for Paige when he is absent.

Previous presenters of the regional bulletin have included Karl Stefanovic, Natalie Gruzlewski, Rob Readings, Jillian Whiting, Carly Walters, Frank Warrick, Melissa Downes and Eva Milic.


Nine News Darwin is presented from the network's NTD-8 Darwin studios by Jonathan Uptin on weeknights and Amy Culpitt on weekends. Sport is presented by Jake Hauritz on weeknights. The 6pm bulletin is also simulcast on local radio station Territory FM.

Current affairs


Today is the network's breakfast program, consisting of talk, entertainment and human-interest stories and airs weekdays from 5:30am to 9am, live from Nine's Sydney studios. The program is presented by Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson with news presenter Sylvia Jeffreys, sport presenter Tim Gilbert, weather presenter Steve Jacobs and entertainment news is presented by Richard Wilkins.

Weekend Today

Weekend Today is the network's breakfast program, consisting of talk, entertainment and human-interest stories and airs Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 10am, live from Nine's Sydney studios. The program is presented by Cameron Williams and Deborah Knight with news presenter Wendy Kingston and weather presenter Natalia Cooper.

A Current Affair

Main article: A Current Affair

A Current Affair is a populist tabloid current affairs program broadcast on the Nine Network at 7pm on weeknights and it is presented by Tracy Grimshaw.

60 Minutes

60 Minutes is a Nine Network current affairs and investigative journalism program which airs on the Nine Network on Sundays at 7.30pm. The program is currently presented by Liz Hayes, Tara Brown, Michael Usher, Allison Langdon and Charles Wooley.

Ellen Fanning and Karl Stefanovic are casual reporters for the program with Peter Overton presenting a weekly "Mail Bag" segment following the death of Peter Harvey which now goes live each week at the end of 60 Minutes.

Former programs

Nine News at 7

Nine News at 7 was a short-lived bulletin, airing weeknights at 7.00pm on Nine's high definition multi-channel GEM. The bulletin launched in August 2013 and was initially presented by Peter Overton from Monday to Thursday and Deborah Knight on Friday. It was launched both in response to the Seven Network's similar bulletin Seven News at 7.00 and to provide additional coverage of the unfolding 2013 Federal Election.[15] The bulletin was axed on 28 October 2013.[16]


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