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Nine News is the news service of the Australian Nine Network. Previously known as National Nine News, it has traditionally been the most popular service in the country, however in recent years, the Seven Network's Seven News has become the highest rating evening news service on a national basis.

Nine News's flagship bulletin is the nightly 6:00pm localised bulletin, produced by networked owned-and-operated stations in Sydney (TCN9), Melbourne (GTV9), Brisbane (QTQ9) and Darwin (NTD) alongside localised bulletins produced by the WIN-owned Nine Network affiliates in Adelaide (NWS9) and Perth (STW9). A supplementary regional news for the Gold Coast in Queensland is also produced by the news service.

National bulletins

Early Morning News

Nine's Early Morning News is a half-hour bulletin airing at 5:00am weekdays, presented from the network's Sydney studios by Amber Higlett from Monday to Wednesday, and Joanna Townsend or Elvina Simpson on Thursday and Fridays. The main fill-in presenter for the Early Morning News is Sarah Harris.

The Early Morning News is a pre-recorded bulletin, and is presented as the Morning Edition of the Qantas Inflight News, a daily news bulletin for passengers of Qantas airways.

Nine had presented an early news bulletin, known as Daybreak, and later National Nine Early News, from the early nineties until 2003 when the Today show was extended to begin at 6am. The Early News resumed for a brief time at 6am in 2005, before again being cancelled.

Today

Today is the network's breakfast program, shown from 5:30-9am weekdays, consisting of talk, entertainment and human-interest stories, as does rival program Sunrise. Today is hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson. Georgie Gardner presents half-hourly news bulletins with Cameron Williams and Andrew Voss (sport) and Steve Jacobs (weather). Finance is presented by Amber Higlett from Monday to Thursday and Joanna Townsend on Friday. Richard Wilkins and Hollywood correspondent Richard Reid report on Entertainment stories.

Georgie Gardner and Cameron Williams are the usual fill-in presenters for Today, with either Allison Langdon, Kellie Connolly, Sarah Harris or Amber Higlett filling-in as the news presenter. Andrew Voss or Tim Gilbert are the usual fill-in sport presenters, while Jaynie Seal or Giaan Rooney have filled-in as weather presenters.

On 4 January 2009, the Nine Network's CEO David Gyngell and news and current affairs boss John Westacott announced that Today will start broadcasting on Sunday mornings with a program titled Today on Sunday, to replace the Sunday AM Edition of Nine News. The program airs between 7:00 and 10:00am, competing directly with the Seven Network's Weekend Sunrise. The program, was launched on February 1 2009, and is anchored by Today's current sport's reader Cameron Williams, and ACA reporter and fill-in presenter Leila McKinnon. News is presented by Early Morning News and finance presenter Amber Higlett, and sport is presented by Michael Slater. Finance is presented by Ross Greenwood and Hollywood Gossip is presented by Michelle Mahone. It also features Nine's chief political commentator Laurie Oakes in his traditional Sunday morning interview. On 2 May 2009, Today was further extended to Saturday mornings, with Today on Saturday between 7:00 and 9:00am, presented by the Today on Sunday team, with the exception of sports presenter Tim Gilbert.

Morning News Hour

Nine's Morning News Hour airs at 11:00am weekdays, and is presented from the network's Sydney studios by newsreader Kellie Connolly. Tim Sheridan presents sport, finance is presented by either Amber Higlett, Joanna Townsend or Elvina Simpson, while the weather is presented by Jaynie Seal. Fill-in presenters include Allison Langdon, Mark Ferguson and Amber Higlett. The morning bulletin, originally known as National Nine Morning News, has been broadcast since 1983 and was originally presented by Eric Walters. The bulletin was extended from 30 minutes to 60 minutes on Monday 4th May 2009

From 2004 to October 2008 the bulletin was known as the Morning Edition, and between that date and May 2009 was titled as the AM Edition.

Afternoon News

Nine's Afternoon News is a half-hour bulletin broadcast at 4:30pm weekdays, presented by Wendy Kingston. Tim Sheridan presents sport, while finance is presented by either Ross Greenwood, Joanna Townsend or Elvina Simpson. Weather is presented by Jaynie Seal.

The bulletin is currently being presented by Brett McLeod from Melbourne with Livinia Nixon presenting the weather. This is in preparation for the launch of a new hour-long news & current affairs program titled This Afternoon, to air weekdays at 4:30pm from June 2009.

Prior to 20 October 2008, the bulletin was known as the Afternoon Edition. It was sub-titled as the PM Edition from that date to May 2009. The first presenter of the Afternoon Edition in 2004 was Georgie Gardner. Past presenters who have anchored the PM Edition consist of Mike Munro (2005 - 2006) and Kellie Connolly (2006 - 2008). Nicole Livingstone was also the sport presenter in 2007. Mike Bailey used to present the weather on Fridays, until he was sacked in early 2009.

Late News

Nine's Late News is a thirty-minute news bulletin that first aired on Monday 4th May 2009. The bulletin is presented by Wendy Kingston and weather is presented by Jaynie Seal. The Late News bulletin airs most weeknights at 11:30pm, which was the timeslot of Nightline, Nine's previous long-running late night news program. The Late News was launched to replace the

On weekends, a late news update continues to air, presented by Jo Hall in Melbourne.

Online bulletins

Nine News Now

Nine News Now is an online bulletin recorded at 3:00pm on weekdays and uploaded an hour later. Presented by Peter Overton, the online bulletin was introduced in 2006 and can be viewed and downloaded from ninemsn.com.au, and as a vodcast.

Previously been presented by Kellie Connolly and Wendy Kingston

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.

Local bulletins

Owned-and-operated

Sydney

Nine News Sydney is presented from the network's Sydney news studios by Peter Overton on weekdays and Mark Ferguson at weekends, with Ken Sutcliffe presenting sport from Sunday to Thursday and Stephanie Brantz presenting sport on Friday and Saturday. Jaynie Seal presents the weather on weekdays. The bulletin is also simulcast on Hope 103.2 radio station.

The main fill-ins for the bulletin are Michael Usher and Kellie Connolly, with Andrew Voss or Stephanie Brantz on Sport.

Sydney's Nine News was presented by Brian Henderson for 38 years - a record that still stands today. Henderson retired in November 2002, with then-Sunday presenter Jim Waley taking over as weeknight anchor. At the time of Henderson's retirement, the main weekend anchor was Waley.

In 2005, Waley, who was one of the Nine Network's longest serving presenters, was dropped following a year of poor ratings (despite the fact that Nine News Sydney was the leading service in 2003-4) and replaced with then-weekend anchor Mark Ferguson. Nine News Sydney has since struggled in the ratings against top-rating rival Seven News Sydney.

Mike Munro was the previous weekend newsreader, until he resigned from the Nine Network in July 2008. He presented his last bulletin on Sunday 26 October 2008. He was replaced by Michael Usher.

In January 2009, Mark Ferguson was replaced as weeknight presenter by Peter Overton. Ferguson returned to his weekend newsreading position, which he previously held during Jim Waley's stint as weeknight anchor. The Sydney bulletin follows the Brisbane bulletin in terms of a change in weeknight and weekend anchors for 2009.

Mike Bailey used to present the weather on Fridays and Saturdays, until he was sacked in early 2009. Jayine Seal, who had previously presented weather from Sunday-Thursday, returned to weekday weather presenting.

Melbourne

Nine News Melbourne is presented from the network's Melbourne news studios by Peter Hitchener on weekdays, with Tony Jones presenting sport and Livinia Nixon presenting the weather. Weekend bulletins are presented by Jo Hall and sport presenter Grant Hackett. This bulletin is also simulcast on local radio station Light FM.

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 news presenter, while Jo Hall took over Hitchener's existing position as weekend presenter.

Rob Gell was the weeknight weather presenter for 15 years until his surprise sacking in 2003, and was replaced by Livinia Nixon. Gell now works with Seven News Melbourne as the weekend weather presenter.

From July 2008, weekend anchors of Nine News Melbourne began reading the news standing up. Nine has no plans to introduce this format into weeknight bulletins, opting for weeknight anchor Peter Hitchener to sit behind the news desk instead.

In October 2008, swimmer Grant Hackett joined Nine News Melbourne as the weekend sport presenter. Hackett replaced Heath O’Loughlin, who vacated the position to take employment with the North Melbourne Football Club. O'Louglin presented sport for the final time on 5 October 2008.

News updates are presented by a reporter or fill-in presenter during the afternoon and the news anchor for the rest of the evening. Fill-ins for the bulletin include Brett McLeod (News), Tim McMillan (News), Christine Ahern (Sport), Carolyne Randoe (Weather) and Rachel Rollo (Weather).

Over the summer period of 2008-09, 3AW radio presenter and former WIN News Victoria anchor Denis Walter was appointed as the weekday weather presenter as both Carolyne Randoe and Rachel Rollo were on maternity leave.

Brisbane

Nine News Queensland is presented from the network's Brisbane news studios by Bruce Paige and Melissa Downes, with Ian Healy presenting sport, and Garry Youngberry presenting the weather. This bulletin is simulcast on River 94.9

Andrew Lofthouse and Eva Milic present on weekends, alongside sport presenter Steve Haddan. Paul Burt also presents Surfing and Fishing reports on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Regular presenter fill-ins for the weekend bulletin include former ABC News presenter Lisa Backhouse, news reporter Sarah Harris and Gold Coast news presenter Rob Readings.

Heather Foord announced her resignation as weeknight presenter on 21 November 2008, citing family reasons. She presented her final bulletin on 5 December. On 27 November 2008, Melissa Downes was appointed co-anchor of the weeknight news, replacing Foord.

On the same day as Foord's resignation, weeknight ABC News Brisbane presenter Andrew Lofthouse announced his resignation from the ABC, to join the Nine News Queensland team, from early 2009, as presenter of the weekend news bulletin. The changes to the presenter line-up follows a poor year of ratings for the 6pm bulletin, which for the second year in a row has been beaten by rival Seven News Brisbane. It was later announced that NBN News Weather presenter Garry Youngberry would also join the team to present weather from early 2009. This followed the departure of Sami Lukis, who has since joined Triple M Sydney.

As of 2008, Nine News Queensland is also broadcast on Imparja Television throughout central Australia.

History

Mike London was the weekend presenter alongside Heather Foord until his resignation in June 2003, following allegations that he had organised a female fan to complain about the news reading technique of weeknight presenter Bruce Paige, who was at the time co-presenting with Jillian Whiting. London had swapped roles with Paige in the mid 1990s following Paige's return to the Nine Network.

Paige and Foord presented the weeknight bulletin together from late 2004 to December 2008; Jillian Whiting preceded Foord after she took up weekend presenting with Mike London in 2002. Foord returned to weeknight presenting in 2005.

The Brisbane bulletin was the last news program in Australia to use the dual-presenter format on weekends (when London was presenting with Foord), until the Perth bulletin revived it in early 2008. Nine News Queensland have since re-introduced dual anchors on weekends, with Andrew Lofthouse and Eva Milic.

Wally Lewis was the weekday sports presenter until December 2006, when following an on-air incident, it was found he had epilepsy. He returned to presenting sport during the 2007-08 summer period and also files sports reports. He occasionally fills in if either Steve Haddan or Ian Healy is unavailable. Chris Bombolas was the weekend sports presenter who preceded Haddan, before resigning to become a politician.

John Schluter was the weather presenter until his resignation in September 2006, and now works for rival Seven News Brisbane as the weekday weather presenter.

In 2008 Frank Warrick was the weather presenter for most of the year, before being replaced by Sami Lukis for the rest of the year.

Gold Coast

Nine Gold Coast News is a regional news service for the Gold Coast. Rob Readings presents the bulletin, Eva Millic presented the bulletin in 2008, after previously serving as its weather presenter. When Eva moved back to Nine News Brisbane to present on weekends in 2009, Rob Readings replaced her. This bulletin is also simulcast on local radio station, 107.3 Life FM. Jillian Whiting or Melissa Downes were the previous anchors of the Gold Coast bulletin until Downes moved to presenting the weekend editions of Nine News Queensland, and Whiting went on maternity leave in 2007.

The bulletin was presented from news studios on the Gold Coast until 3 July 2006, when production was moved to Brisbane; although it has since returned to Nine's Gold Coast studios. It airs at 5:30pm on weeknights and is followed by Nine News Queensland. Carley Walters and Frank Warrick are fill-ins for the bulletin.

Darwin

Nine News Darwin is presented from the network's Darwin news studios by Jonathan Uptin, with Lisa Andrews presenting sport. Uptin replaced previous anchor David Fidler who read the then Eight National News for 15 years until 2000, but was forced to resign after being exposed by The Australian newspaper for falsely claiming he had represented Australia at the Olympics.

Lisa Andrews is the anchor for the weekend bulletin, which comprises a simulcast of Nine News Sydney followed by local news and sport.

As of 2009, Darwin's Nine News is also broadcast on Imparja Television throughout central Australia.

Affiliates

Adelaide

Nine News Adelaide is produced from the WIN Corporation-owned Channel 9 Adelaide news studios by Rob Kelvin and Kelly Nestor, with Kym Dillon presenting sport and Brenton Ragless presenting the weather. The weekday bulletins are simulcast on local radio station 107.9 Life FM and replayed late at night usually at around midnight. Georgina McGuinness is the weekend anchor with Troy Grey presenting sport and Xavier Minniecon presenting weather.

The Adelaide bulletin was notable for having the last remaining all-male co-anchor lineup (with Kevin Crease and Rob Kelvin), which ended in early 2007 after Crease's death. This was one of the longest serving news duos in Australia lasting from 1988 until 2007. Caroline Anislie presented the news with Rob Kelvin until 1987.

Throughout the 1990s, Deanna Williams was the main fill-in presenter and state political reporter.

Following her resignation in March 2002, either Kelvin or Crease would fill in for McGuinness on weekends, but in 2005 the situation arose where all three presenters were unavailable, and weekend sports presenter Mark Bickley had to read the news.

Reporter Michael Smyth is now the fill-in news presenter.

Ali Carle from Triple M Adelaide occasionally presents weather along with her sport reporting duties.

Perth

Nine News Perth is produced from the WIN Corporation-owned Channel 9 Perth news studios by Dixie Marshall and Greg Pearce, with sport presented by Michael Thomson and weather with Angela Tsun. Matt Tinney and Sharlyn Sarac present the weekend news while Mark Readings presents sport. Ebbeny Faranda is the main weekend fill-in.

Perth's Nine News bulletin was the first and only Australian news bulletin to have two female anchors, Dixie Marshall and Sonia Vinci. They were also the faces of Nine Perth's general operations and promotions, until Sonia Vinci was sidelined to host a Perth version of A Current Affair and former Network Ten newsreader Greg Pearce appointed in her place, in early 2008.

Natalia Cooper presented weather on Perth's Nine News until her resignation in June 2008.

This bulletin is also simulcast on WIN Television Western Australia.

Current affairs programs

A Current Affair

A Current Affair is a weeknightly populist current affairs program broadcast on the Nine Network at 6:30pm and presnted by Tracy Grimshaw. First broadcast on 22 November 1971 with Mike Willesee, the show was screened weeknights at 7:00pm on GTV-9. When Willesee left Nine in 1974 to move to the rival 0-10 Network, journalist Mike Minehan took over presenting the program. The program ended on 28 April 1978 due to strong competition. In 1984, Willesee returned to the Nine Network to present a mid-evening current affairs program titled Willesee, screening from Monday to Thursday nights at 9:30pm. The following year, Willesee moved to the earlier 6:30 pm timeslot and extended to five nights a week and ran until 1986. On 18 January 1988, the same week that Seven's Australian soap Home And Away was introduced, former 60 Minutes team presenter Jana Wendt became the first host of the revived A Current Affair. Following strong competition from Seven's Real Life (which became Today Tonight in 1995), Wendt left the program in November 1992.

ACA presenters since 1988

Currently, Leila McKinnon is the main fill-in for Grimshaw if she is sick or on leave, however both Eddie McGuire and Karl Stefanovic have also filled in for 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, Liam Bartlett and Peter Harvey.

Former Bulletins

Nightline

Nightline, launched in 1993, was Nine's late news bulletin broadcast in varying timeslots from 10:30pm to 11:30pm most weeknights. Over the years it was presented by Jim Waley, Hugh Riminton, Helen Kapalos, Ellen Fanning, and finally by Michael Usher. Stephanie Brantz was the final sport presenter prior to the program's axing.

Nightline was axed on 25 July 2008 due to budgetary constraints at the Nine Network, with the final news bulletin airing on the same night. Wendy Kingston presented the final bulletin.

Sunday

Sunday was a long-running Autralian breakfast news program which aired on Nine on Sunday mornings and featured investigative journalism, movie reviews and political interviews. The program was presented by Ellen Fanning prior to its axing. News was presented by Michael Usher and sport was presnted by Stephanie Brantz. Veteran political journalist Laurie Oakes presented politics. The program was axed on 3 August 2008 due to poor ratings and cost-cutting across the network. The previous presenters of the show included:

Sunday Morning News

Nine News: Sunday AM was a one-hour bulletin airing at 8am on Sunday mornings, presented by Michael Usher. Stephanie Brantz presented sport, finance was presented by Ross Greenwood and weather was presented by Mike Bailey. The regular fill-in presenters for the Sunday AM News were Tara Brown, Brett McLeod and Elise Mooney. Nine's Sunday AM News was a one-hour bulletin that was introduced on 10 August 2008 as a replacement for the network's long-running current affairs program, Sunday. Sunday, last broadcast on 3 August 2008, was axed due to budget cuts in news and current affairs at the Nine Network.

Nine's Sunday AM News featured the Laurie Oakes political interview, at approximately 8.35am every Sunday morning. With the exception of Melbourne audiences, the bulletin had continued to lag behind Weekend Sunrise, which often wins in the ratings by a ratio of 3:1. During the non-ratings period, the bulletin was half-an-hour long.

From February 2009, the bulletin was replaced with a Sunday edition of Today entitled Today on Sunday.

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