ABC moves key news presenters in radio and News 24

Tony Eastley


ABC News has moved AM presenter Tony Eastley to ABC News 24, with Breakfast co-host Virginia Trioli moving over to its flagship current affairs program to fill his place.

Eastley brings more than 35 years’ experience to News 24 as the channel enters its fourth year and Scott Bevan, a senior presenter and reporter on the channel, moves into a new role that will see him lead the evening news broadcast and anchor live news specials across ABC News 24 and ABC1.

Trioli moves to the AM team, led by EP David Burgess, after Eastley hosted the program for ten years.



She said it was a “great honour” to be asked to follow in Eastley’s footsteps, but added: “I must admit to mixed feelings, as I leave News Breakfast enormously proud of our five year-old program, the team and especially my colleague Michael Rowland, and our loyal, growing audience, and I thank them. Now that my body clock is permanently set to a 3am alarm, the move seems just right.”

Eastley  said he had “absolutely loved” his time at AM, “but new challenges beckon and I really want to be part of the ABC News 24 rolling news coverage.”

Kate Torney, director of news for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, said Eastley would be a great addition to the team.



“He’s one of our very best journalists and his addition to Australia’s most watched news channel is another investment int he strength of its coverage and its value to a growing audience,” she said.

“2014 is going to be an exciting new chapter in the development of ABC News 24.”

Trioli and Eastley are currently on leave and until later this month and their moves will be effective by March.

The ABC has yet to announce Trioli’s replacement for News Breakfast and its further plans for ABC News 24.


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