Seven News Sydney anchor Mark Ferguson taking on maternity role on Jonesy & Amanda show

Mark FergusonSeven News Sydney anchor Mark Ferguson is set for a four-week stint covering the news bulletins on the WSFM breakfast show with Jonesy and Amanda from next week.

Ferguson, will still present the 6pm bulletins after being promoted to host them ahead of Chris Bath earlier this year, but will also cover current newsreader Sarah Forster who is going on maternity leave.

The move is an opportunity to promote Ferguson to a wider audience for Seven, with the news in Sydney struggling in the ratings against Nine News this year. The breakfast show with Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller was second in the Sydney FM ratings behind Kyle and Jackie O’s Kiis 1065 breakfast show according to the last survey.

 In a release this morning Keller said: “Mark is an exceptional journalist, foreign correspondent and news reader with more than 30 years’ experience – but will that prepare him for sharing our box of Weet-Bix and seeing my face at 5.30am every morning?”

“I watch Mark on the 6pm news, he is always very well presented and professional so I look forward to roughing him up a bit,” Jones said.

Mark added: “What really “gets my goolies”, as Jonesy & Amanda would say, is getting up before the sun, but this will be well worth it.

“I can’t wait to join Mr and Mrs Radio for lots of Weet-Bix and a bit of news. Oh, and management have told me I can play as many Bob Dylan and INXS tunes as I like – just don’t tell Jonesy and Amanda.”

Forster has read the news on the show for the last three years.


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