Virginia Trioli will depart News Breakfast by the end of the year after being confirmed to replace broadcaster Jon Faine on ABC Radio.
Faine has been presenting his morning show for 23 years in Melbourne.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking on one of the most precious radio jobs in the country,” said Trioli. “Jon and the ABC Melbourne team, for more than two decades, have created an agenda-setting and community-building program that means so much not only to Melburnians, but to anyone who values great conversation and the vital need for the continuing contest of ideas. Radio is in my soul and I’m pinching myself that this once-in-a-career opportunity has come my way. Melbourne — we’re going to make great radio together!”
The change is part of a wider ABC shuffle with Tony Jones to step back as the weekly Q&A host and Insiders‘ veteran Barrie Cassidy also departing. Both will be seen on ABC, if not necessarily as regularly.
As to whom may replace Trioli alongside Michael Rowland, look to recent guest co-host Lisa Millar, perhaps….?