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ABC sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley to join SEN

ABC sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley will depart the government-funded broadcaster after 13 years, to take up a new role at Melbourne-based SEN [Sports Entertainment Network] radio.

Since first joining ABC Grandstand, Whateley has covered AFL, cricket, and horse racing as well as both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

He also hosted general sports program, Offsiders.

Whateley, who took to Twitter to announce his departure, said he was “closing” his ABC chapter to pursue a new challenge.

At SEN, Whateley will host a morning program from 9am until midday, Monday to Thursday, known as Whateley. He has also been appointed chief sports caller.

“The vision of the new ownership and their concept has grown to be irresistible, particularly the opportunity to create a program truely reflective of the way I believe Melbourne engages with sport from its fans to its participants,” Whateley said.

Whateley commences on January 29 and shortly after will go to the US to cover the Superbowl.

Pacific Star Network chairman Craig Coleman said Whateley’s arrival signals SEN’s commitment to broadcasting, analysis and opinion.

“Gerard might well be Australia’s best all-round journalist, commentator and host,” Coleman said.

“He is passionate about our vision for becoming the benchmark of Australian sports broadcasting and brings a unique new perspective to our audience.

“We are absolutely delighted to partner with Gerard and his wife Claire into the next phase of his broadcasting journey.”

Whateley will also continue to co-host AFL360 – a regular AFL talk show which currently airs on Fox Footy.

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