Channel 9 has introduced two main internet hosting modifications, with Ally Langdon taking Tracy Grimshaw’s place on the helm of A Present Affair and 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo filling the spot Langdon will vacate on the community’s morning present, At the moment.
Ms Abo will be part of the At the moment staff alongside Karl Stefanovic, Alex Cullen, Brooke Boney and Tim Davies on Monday, January 16, with Ms Langdon beginning her function at A Present Affair a fortnight in a while Monday, January 30.
“It’s such an unimaginable honour to be becoming a member of the A Present Affair staff. A present I like, respect and have been watching since I used to be in class and Jana Wendt was host,” Ms Langdon mentioned in a press release.
“I gained’t lie, it’s formidable to be moving into the function that Tracy has so brilliantly navigated for the previous 17 years, with such heat and compassion. I hope to carry my very own heat and compassion to the present as we proceed to inform nice tales that matter to our viewers.
“I get it’s an enormous change for our viewers, and likewise for me personally. There’s nice unhappiness at leaving my good At the moment Present household, specifically my co-host Karl, who has made these previous three years so great and enjoyable, though I gained’t miss that 3am alarm!
“As a substitute, I’ll get pleasure from being woken by the children, strolling them to highschool and daycare earlier than ripping into work.
“I like what A Present Affair is, and what it stands for. It’s a present that’s in my household’s DNA, because it was for my father-in-law, the late Mike Willesee Snr, who began A Present Affair again within the early Seventies. Every host has introduced their very own type to the present and I hope to do the identical however at its core, A Present Affair is about these at residence who tune in every night time. It’s their present, their tales we share, and their injustices we assist struggle.”
Ms Langdon’s profession in journalism began together with her presenting radio packages on 2WAY FM, a group station on the NSW North Coast, whereas she was nonetheless in highschool. She went on to review journalism at Charles Sturt College.
She joined 9 in Darwin in 2002, and moved to Sydney in 2004, the place she introduced for 9News, Nightline and At the moment. She acquired her gig with 60 Minutes in 2011.
9’s Director of Information and Present Affairs, Darren Wick, mentioned Ms Langdon was a “pure match” to steer A Present Affair “into a brand new period”.
“She was raised within the nation and has a deep dedication to household, pals and group,” mentioned Mr Wick.
“She is a phenomenally laborious employee, and has blazed her personal path via Australian information and present affairs. She realized the fundamentals of her reporting in 9’s Darwin newsroom earlier than making her mark amongst our greatest in Sydney.
“After a decade of stories, she was thrown within the deep finish at 60 Minutes and really quickly discovered her rhythm.
“She’s passionate, curious and razor sharp – loyal to her colleagues, devoted to her craft and decided to struggle for her viewers. We’re very excited to see what Ally will carry to ACA in 2023 and for a lot of, a few years past.”
In her personal assertion, Ms Abo mentioned she was “thrilled to be becoming a member of the great and hard-working staff at At the moment”.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to work alongside a number of the nation’s most interesting journalists at 60 Minutes and journey the nation and world bringing tales to Australian audiences. It’s an absolute privilege to satisfy so many inspirational folks and assist inform their tales,” she mentioned.
“I can’t wait to place every thing I’ve realized from these superb experiences into my new function at At the moment. The 3am alarm can be an adjustment, however I’m trying ahead to maintaining Karl on his toes. I do know Ally will make successful of the transfer to ACA and I can’t wait to observe her within the chair.”
Mr Stefanovic paid tribute to his departing co-host and welcomed Ms Abo’s appointment.
“Ally has been extraordinary during the last three years. Battling via some robust private bodily obstacles to broadcast to the nation throughout actually tough occasions. She’s an unimaginable broadcaster and I’ll miss working together with her tremendously. Although I gained’t miss her dancing,” he joked.
“Thankfully, Sarah is a gifted dancer and singer. Extra importantly, she’s an excellent interviewer and has probably the most depraved sense of humour. I can’t anticipate the nation to see all of these great qualities every single day at breakfast.”
Ms Abo began her profession at Community Ten earlier than shifting to SBS in 2013, after which 60 Minutes in 2019. Throughout her time there she carried out numerous excessive profile interviews with figures akin to former UK prime minister Tony Blair, local weather activist Greta Thunberg and Ukrainian First Woman Olena Volodymyrivna Zelenska.
Over the previous 12 months she has often crammed in for Ms Langdon on At the moment as nicely.
9’s Director of Morning Tv, Steven Burling, described her acceptance of the At the moment gig as a “large coup” for this system.
“Sarah has been excellent within the At the moment internet hosting chair these previous 12 months when filling in for Ally,” mentioned Mr Burling.
“Sarah’s popularity precedes her; she is a compelling interviewer and journalist, as we’ve seen not solely on 60 Minutes, however throughout her time at SBS and Ten. Professionally, she is on the prime of her sport and simply as importantly, Sarah is a tremendous one who will assist drive At the moment to continued success in 2023.
“We’re very lucky to have Sarah as a part of our staff.”
Initially printed as Ally Langdon introduced as new host of A Present Affair, Sarah Abo to switch her on At the moment