Julia Zemiro, Toby Truslove to host New Year’s Eve for ABC

It was the ABC's biggest audience all year, but also one of its most controversial shows -what's planned for Dec. 31?

2014-12-03_2357It was ABC’s highest-rated audience all year, but an ambitious marathon broadcast of New Year’s Eve also be one of their most controversial broadcasts.

This year Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove will host the event, live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt. The event this time will be produced by the team behind the Friday Night Crack Up, including some of the experienced Spicks and Specks team.

The evening includes a parade of ABC personalities, 2014 retrospectives and a ‘special’ episode of Nowhere Boys.

ABC News 24 will broadcast both the 9pm Family Fireworks display and the Midnight Fireworks display live AEDT while ABC will stick with local times in each state.

Charlie Pickering will give us a sneak peak at his new show which will debut on ABC in 2015, and throughout the night we’ll cross to Lawrence Mooney hosting Australia’s biggest ever Pub Quiz, featuring guests Denise Scott, Tom Gleeson and Alan Brough and music by Barry Morgan. You can play along at home or sit back and just enjoy the fun. Adam Zwar and some of the favourite Agony Aunts and Uncles will present a special edition of The Agony of New Year’s Eve.

Legendary journalist Fran Kelly will look back at the stories that made news headlines in 2014; self-confessed sport’s nut Stephanie Brantz ill take us through the year in sports; and triple j’s music guru Zan Rowe will review the year in music.

Julia will chat to Jack Thompson, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve ambassador, plus we’ll cross to the Lord Mayor’s Party for live performances by Suze DeMarchi, Kasey Chambers, Josh Earl and The Tap Dogs.

We’ll check out what’s happening around the country with crosses to roving reporters – Dave O’Neil (Melbourne), Lawrence Leung (Brisbane), Anne Edmonds (Darwin), Tegan Higginbotham (Perth) and Urila Carlson (New Zealand). We’ll also cross to Peter Helliar partying at home, Adam Richard at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s Party chatting to a cavalcade of special guests, and Tom Ballard flying above the International Date Line in the ABC chopper.

Younger viewers will be entertained by ABC3’s Kayne Tremills and ABC4Kids’ Jimmy Giggle as they chat to families and spectators live from the harbour’s edge. Plus, fans of Nowhere Boys will be treated to a special one-off episode that bridges episodes 6 to 7 from the latest series.

Wednesday December 31 at 8.30pm on ABC*.

8.30pm Opening welcome – Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove.
9.00pm Family Fireworks Display
9:15pm Nowhere Boys mini episode
9.20pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 1
9.50pm Chat to Jack Thompson (NYE Ambassador)
10.00pm Fran Kelly presents the news year in review
10.10pm Comedy performance by Josh Earl
10.15pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 2
10.35pm Performance by The Tap Dogs
10.45pm Stephanie Brantz presents the sport year in review
10.50pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 3
11.15pm Musical performance by Suze DeMarchi
11.25pm Adam Zwar presents The Agony of New Year’s Eve
11.40pm 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 4
11.50pm Musical performance by Kasey Chambers
12.00am Midnight Fireworks display

*ABC broadcast delayed to local times.

ABC News 24 will broadcast both the 9pm Family Fireworks display and the Midnight Fireworks display live AEDT.

4 Responses

  1. @strayamayte yes last years could have done with some improvments, but for their first go it wasn’t that bad. Much better than watching fireworks on 7 or 9 with some lame host & interrupted with loads of ads!

  2. Let’s hope it is a tad bit funnier than last year. What a shambles that was – I was almost asleep five minutes into it. I hope it picks up this year (maybe with these new ideas and faces on board it will). If it doesn’t, I say take it over to Ten.

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