F.Y.I.

Hamish Macdonald joins Network Ten

Network Ten has appointed Hamish Macdonald to the role of senior foreign correspondent  -to appear on 6m with George Negus.  

The announcement:

Network Ten is pleased to announce that award winning correspondent and anchor Hamish Macdonald is joining its news team.

Hamish has been appointed Senior Foreign Correspondent on 6PM with George Negus and will share hosting duties with Hugh Riminton in George’s absence.

Born and raised in the Snowy Mountains town of Jindabyne, Hamish left Australia in 2003 working

initially for the prestigious UK Channel Four News before moving to the Al Jazeera Network.

Named Young Journalist of the Year in the UK in 2008, Hamish more recently anchored the International Emmy nominated coverage of the Georgia-Russia war live from Tbilisi.

Jim Carroll, TEN’s Head of News & Public Affairs, said that Hamish is one of the most exceptional young television journalists covering international affairs.

“Hamish has already made a significant mark with his work to date and we are delighted he is joining us to bolster the already outstanding 6PM reporting team,” Mr Carroll said.

“He’s spent extended periods reporting from the frontline of the war in Afghanistan, street riots across

Asia and investigated secret border incursions between India and China as well as oil industry corruption in Cambodia.

“Hamish has honed his interviewing skills on numerous world leaders and senior figures in South East Asia’s Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network.

“His anchoring capabilities have also been clearly evident in his live presenting of major news events

including the British, US & Afghan elections, the G20 summit and the Sichuan Earthquake.”

During his time with Al Jazeera Hamish hosted the flagship “Newshour” program as well as “People &

Power” and “Inside Story”. He also stood in for Sir David Frost on “Frost over the World”.

Hamish will be based in Sydney but have a roving brief to cover significant news wherever it is

happening. “I can’t wait to get stuck in to this hugely exciting project. These opportunities don’t come around very often so I am very grateful to Network Ten for letting me take part.” Mr Macdonald said.

“It’s a real thrill to be joining this dynamic team and I am particularly excited by the prospect of learning from the likes of George Negus, Chris Masters and Hugh Riminton.”

Covering major national and international stories, 6PM will be a destination for viewers seeking a

smarter, more informed and inquisitive approach. Headed up by George Negus, the team includes Hugh Riminton (Political Editor), Emma Dallimore (US Correspondent), Max Futcher, Danielle Isdale, and Emily Rice. Investigative journalist Chris Masters is a consultant to the program.

6PM with George Negus will launch in January 2011

Source: Network Ten press release

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