Journalist Hamish Macdonald is joining the new 6pm news-based programme coming to TEN in 2011.
The former anchor for Al Jazeera has been appointed Senior Foreign Correspondent of the new show and will share hosting duties with Hugh Riminton in Negus’ absence.
The new programme, part of TEN’s revamp in January, now appears to have a name: 6pm With George Negus -just in case you were in any doubt about the time or host.
MacDonald began his media career with WIN before working with UK Channel Four News in 2003. in 2006 and later moved to Al Jazeera Network before adding UK foreign correspondent for Sunrise to his CV. He was named Young Journalist of the Year in the UK in 2008.
He left Al Jazeera in June.
Jim Carroll, TEN’s Head of News & Public Affairs, said, “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.
“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.
MacDonald added, “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.
“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.”
MacDonald will be based in Sydney but will travel to follow news stories.
6PM with George Negus will launch in January 2011