May 10 2009 12:33am (UTC+8) - Article by Kevin
Sky News has confirmed that veteran newsreader and journalist Jim Waley will return to Australian television to present a nightly news program on Sky News.
Waley will present a new bulletin called Sky National News with Jim Waley which begins on June 29 2009 at 6:00pm (EST) and can be seen across Australia live on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.
"Jim is one of Australia's most credible and respected newsmen. His experience, both reporting and presenting, television news in this country is unrivalled and I am very proud to welcome him to the Sky News team", Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said.
"For almost 40 years viewers tuned to Jim for news regarding politics, world affairs, the economy and arts and entertainment. He has covered the globe bringing Australians the stories that matter and we are thrilled to have him back on the air."
"Jim's appointment underscores our commitment at Sky News to quality journalism. He will play a lead role in our outstanding on-air team including David Speers, Helen Dalley and Kieran Gilbert."
Waley says he is honoured to join the team at Sky News.
"I relish the opportunity to work on agenda-setting news of national interest in prime time, and give viewers a real choice. My brief is to present engaging and informative bulletins of quality and relevance", he said. "What more can an old journo ask for?"
Waley began his media career in regional radio and television in 1966. He joined Channel Nine in Sydney in 1968 where he spent 36 years presenting and reporting for numerous programs including National Nine News, Sunday, Business Sunday and Nightline. He moved to the nightly news desk in 2002 where he read Sydney's 6.00pm bulletin for two years before leaving Nine in 2005.
The announcement comes just days after veteran newsreader John Gatfield was abruptly sacked from Sky News.
"So after almost 14 years, that's it. That's what it means to have worked harder than I was ever asked to do. That's what it means to have cancelled annual leave to go to Melbourne for the bushfires. That's what it means to have volunteered to work on a day off on ANZAC Day to provide live coverage - without a dollar or a day in lieu", Gatfield posted on Media Spy in response to his sacking.
Frangopoulos told The Australian this week that Gatfield had left because Sky News "was undergoing a restructure".
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