Lisa Millar has been confirmed to join News Breakfast from mid-August, replacing Virginia Trioli.
Millar, who has previously filled-in alongside co-host Michael Rowland, starts from Monday 19 August. Trioli departs the show after a decade to replace outgoing ABC Radio host Jon Faine in Melbourne.
“I’ve been traveling quite a bit in regional Australia since I got back and people are always asking me about the Brekky team and whether everyone is as nice and friendly as they seem,” Millar says.
“The answer is a definite yes. And I can’t wait to join them.”
Michael Rowland will also take on an additional role as the ABC’s Senior Network Presenter, anchoring coverage of big local and world events across ABC News programs and platforms, including the 7pm News.
“I look forward to drawing on my experience as a foreign correspondent, and the dozens of on-location broadcasts I’ve hosted for News Breakfast over the years, to bring to ABC audiences breaking stories from around Australia and around the world,” Rowland says.
“I’m also so excited to be sharing the Breakfast couch with Lisa Millar. She’s undoubtedly one of this country’s finest journalists and brings a genuine warmth and empathy to the screen. And we’re great mates.
“It’s been a pleasure working alongside Virginia for the past nine years – we’ve been part of a formidable team. ABC Radio Melbourne will benefit enormously from her broadcasting prowess.”
Virginia Trioli said, “I’m so happy for Lisa and for the fabulous News Breakfast audience that they’re going to spend mornings together. Lisa’s a brilliant journalist and communicator and this is a perfect fit.
“I’m bubble-wrapping my alarm clock and sending it over.”
Her farewell program will be on Thursday 15 August.