Bill McDonald to exit Seven News

Brisbane-based news presenter Bill McDonald is exiting Seven News after 5 years, in what has been described as “an amicable agreement.”

Seven news and current affairs boss Craig McPherson confirmed McDonald would no longer be part of the Seven Network after “some sports broadcasting work for the Commonwealth Games” in April.

The Courier Mail reports McPherson acknowledged the decision stemmed from issues including ratings and money, with Nine News having won 38 out of 40 of the ratings weeks, averaging 202,800 viewers to Seven’s 185,500.

Prior to joining Seven, McDonald spent 8 years as TEN’s Brissy presenter and fronted Sports Tonight.

Sharon Ghidella will continue presenting weeknights but an announcement is expected after a restructure of the newsroom.

McDonald’s final bulletin will air tonight.

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