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Paul Bongiorno is well known as Network Ten‘s chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief. But what is perhaps not so well known about Ten’s man in Canberra is that a much younger Bongiorno was heading down a different career path as a priest in country Victoria in the early ’70s.

Realising the priesthood was maybe not his ideal career choice, Bongiorno moved to journalism and his TV career had a somewhat humble beginning. Here is Paul Bongiorno presenting the weather forecast on Eyewitness News for TVQ0 Brisbane in April 1983.

Also featured in this clip is co-newsreader Jacki MacDonald, also better known at the time as the ditzy co-host of Hey Hey It’s Saturday in the southern capitals, but an extremely popular local identity in her home town of Brisbane.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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