ABC announces new lineup for Queensland News

Matt Wordsworth and Jessica van Vonderen have been named anchors of ABC’s 7pm News in Queensland.

The announcement:

ABC TV’s 7pm News in Queensland will have a new line-up in 2018 with award-winning journalist Matt Wordsworth joining Jessica van Vonderen on the anchor desk.

Starting Monday 29 January, Wordsworth will anchor the flagship 7pm News bulletin Monday-Thursday with van Vonderen presenting on Friday and weekends.

Born and raised in Queensland, Wordsworth is one of the ABC’s top political and investigative reporters and a former presenter of 7.30 Queensland. He returns to Brisbane after two years based in Sydney.

“As a Queenslander I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to my home state to take on this important role,” Wordsworth said.

“Queensland contributes so richly to the economic, cultural and political landscape of the nation and I look forward to continuing the outstanding coverage the ABC provides throughout our great state.”

Van Vonderen has been an integral part of ABC Queensland since 1999.

“I’m really looking forward to another big year in Queensland, bringing amazing stories to our audience, on behalf of an incredibly hard-working bunch of ABC journalists, camera operators and editors,” she said.

It was announced last week that former anchor Karina Carvalho, who has been presenting the flagship 7pm bulletin since April 2013, is moving to take up a new national presenting role. From Monday 29 January Carvalho will anchor ABC NEWS Channel every weeknight from 7pm-9pm, based in Sydney.

The ABC in Queensland offers a breadth and depth of national and local coverage unrivalled by any other news organisation, with a team of journalists working across television, radio and digital platforms from newsrooms in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Mt Isa, Mackay, Longreach, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and Rockhampton.

Matt Wordsworth

Matt Wordsworth is a multi-award winning political and investigative reporter and presenter with more than 20 years’ experience in journalism. His presenting highlights include hosting Lateline, 7.30 Queensland, national 7.30 and metropolitan news bulletins. As a reporter, he’s covered major events here and overseas, including the London Olympics and several state elections.

Jessica van Vonderen

Jessica van Vonderen is a familiar face in Queensland as the current weekend presenter of ABC Queensland’s 7pm news bulletin and the former host of 7.30 Queensland and Stateline. The award winning journalist has almost two decades experience in TV, radio and online, including being involved in the ABC’s coverage of every Queensland election since 2004. She’s reported from bureaus in Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Darwin and Canberra on some of the country’s biggest stories.

Source: ABC


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