Overton’s big year
At this rate, Peter Overton could go from quiet achiever to saturation in 2009.
It’s going to be a busy year for Peter Overton.
Not only does he start his new permanent desk job at Channel Nine from tonight, but his wife Jessica Rowe is due to give birth to their second child.
At least the news presenter job keeps him in Sydney and not covering war zones and criss-crossing the globe.
And according to promotions airing on Nine, he is also the host of Missing Pieces, Nine’s new feelgood show about “people who have become separated from someone they care about, or someone who had a major impact on your life no matter how long ago.”
That’s been scheduled to air on Nine after the first quarter, but with the new 6pm gig, there is the possibility Nine will bring it forward in a bid to lift Overton’s appeal.
But Overton will also still file stories for 60 Minutes too. Suddenly for Sydney viewers, he could go from being a quiet achiever to saturation.
Nine news boss John Westacott said, “[Overton] is the undeniable choice for us.
Overton has snared the news role over Mark Ferguson, who shifts to weekend bulletins.
“As commercial television always is, we’re locked in a very demanding fight for ratings,” he said.
“The combination of Peter Overton and Mark Ferguson gives us the best crack at rebuilding our 6 o’clock news.”