Network Ten has confirmed that Natarsha Belling will be permanent new presenter of the national TEN Eyewitness News weekend bulletin.
Belling replaces Mike Munro who has recently quit the network after just a few months in the role. For Belling it's a return to the role she had before the troubled Wake Up experiment.
Belling will also present a national TEN Eyewitness News bulletin for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period while local bulletins are wound back to help manage budgets
In an interview the The Australian Mike Munro stated “I’d love to be able to stay but with the severe cutbacks on the weekend national bulletin, it’s too difficult,’’ he told the newspaper. “Just after I joined TEN, 150 people from the newsroom were made redundant. It was a terrible time but despite all of that the morale and determination of the young staff was just incredible. TEN is genuinely a lovely place to work.”
In addition to presenting the national TEN Eyewitness News weekend bulletins, Ms Belling will continue with her commitments to The Project and Studio 10.
Ms Belling is one of Australia’s most experienced, respected and popular television journalists and presenters, and has been part of the TEN News team since 1998.
Born and raised in Mudgee NSW, Ms Belling read her first news bulletin at just 21 and now has almost two decades of experience in reporting and breaking some of the nation’s biggest stories. Before joining Network Ten, Ms Belling worked at Prime Television, ABC News and the ABC’s Australia Television News Service.
Network Ten News Director, John Choueifate, said: “Natarsha is one of the most respected and recognisable news presenters in Australia.
“She has a warm and caring presence and she fits in with the hardworking team at the network. I look forward to working with her.”
Ms Belling said: “I’m a passionate journalist and I’m thrilled to be back with the hardworking and dedicated TEN Eyewitness News team. I’m incredibly excited about the new national role where I get to present the 5pm weekend bulletin but also have the unique opportunity to deliver the news differently with Studio 10 and The Project. Bring on 2015.”