Network Ten has lured one of Australia’s up and coming news and sports presenters Matt White back from rivals Seven for an unspecified role to start in early July.
The third free-to-air network has brought back White, who spent eleven years with them before moving to Seven for the last decade, where he has presented the Olympic Games, Australian Open and the Melbourne Cup.
It is likely White will front the coverage of the V8 Supercars franchise which Ten has reclaimed the rights for from next year from Seven. He has previously presented the racing franchise on Ten and Seven.
However, he could also be in line for another role with the network, as it looks to make its struggling morning breakfast show Wake Up more news-oriented. His arrival comes just two months after Seven’s former news director Peter Meakin joined Ten to overhaul its news programming.
Ten CEO Hamish McLennan said: “Matt is one of the great all-rounders in Australian television. He is polished, classy, articulate and the ultimate professional in a wide range of roles – from news and public affairs to sport and special events. I am delighted that he has decided to join us.
“Matt will add his special touch to our coverage of the V8 Supercars and motor sport in general. We are also developing another show to take advantage of his considerable talents and will announce the details closer to his start date.”
In an email to staff today Seven’s netwrk director of news Rob Raschke paid tribute to White’s time at the network, saying: ”
During this time Matt has distinguished himself as a trusted journalist, presenter and sports commentator for his expert coverage of the biggest news stories and sporting events both at home and abroad.
“His contribution to the Seven Network’s coverage of Olympic Games, V8 Supercars, The Australian Open and Melbourne Cup has been outstanding.
“I am sure you will all join with me in thanking Matt for his professionalism and dedication over the years, and wishing him and his family the very best for the future.”
Ten is expected to announce its commentary team for the V8s later in the year.