Seven Tasmania newsreader Jo Palmer has announced that she is stepping down as newsreader for Nightly News Seven Tasmania.
The 1993 Miss Australia started in television as host of The Good Life In Tasmania for what was then Southern Cross Network.
In September 1996, she moved to Southern Cross Network News as a reporter in the Hobart newsroom and weekend newsreader. In 2002 she became the station’s weeknight news presenter.
In 2018, Southern Cross Network News re-branded to Nightly News Seven Tasmania and continues to be one of the state’s most watched programs.
As well as her TV appearances, Palmer is also a sought after master of ceremonies and writes a weekly newspaper column in The Examiner.
Southern Cross Austereo news director Grant Wilson said: “Jo has been the consummate professional as Tasmania’s favourite news reader. She has also been an amazing mentor to aspiring journalists and has been instrumental in helping team members fulfil their career goals, with many finding employment in metro markets. The chemistry between veteran weather presenter Peter Murphy and Jo has been a must see for many of the station’s viewers over the 18 years they have worked together. We will miss Jo and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”
Commenting on her departure, Palmer said: “It is with deep sadness that I have decided to leave my position with the company. Local news has been such a huge part of my life; sharing with our community the stories that have broken our hearts, lifted our spirits, kept us safe and informed, made us proud of who we are and where we live. The news room has been my second home, and the news team my second family. I will miss our team so dearly but I know this is the right decision for me personally and for my family.”
Palmer will present her last news bulletin on Friday. A replacement is to be announced.
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Source: Southern Cross Austereo. The Advocate.