Fran Kelly returns to RN and new Saturday lineup

Fran Kelly will return to RN in 2024 as part of a new Saturday lineup. She will host Saturday Extra from 7am.

Current Saturday Extra presenter Geraldine Doogue will host a new program Global Roaming with Geraldine Doogue and Hamish MacDonald, also on a Saturday morning at 8:30, discussing international affairs with a focus on Asia and the Pacific and Australia’s place in it. It will also be played at 6pm Mondays and 5.30am Tuesday.

Kelly said of her return:

“I’m delighted to be back with the RN audience and looking forward to starting my Saturday talking about the things that are happening in your world and the world at large and having some fun along the way. It is the weekend after all.”

Doogue said:

“It’s been a genuine thrill to present Saturday Extra for these past years, to cover such a sweep of events  from post 9/11 to the GFC,  to domestic politics dramas,  the Queen and Duke’s death,  COVID and lots more in-between. I’ve worked with some fabulous people to whom I’ll be ever grateful. It’s exemplified, I hope, that ambitious, generalist news coverage is the glittering prize on offer to journalism and the ABC. I wish it ongoing success.”

Other changes include Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor hosting The Health Report, which will include their delightfully named new podcast, What’s That Rash?! where they take questions from listeners on a wide range of health issues and answer them with the most up to date and reliable information. The Health Report airs at 9am Saturdays and 3pm Mondays.

​Blueprint for Living will now be heard at 10am Fridays and 1pm Saturdays.

Stop Everything! will be hosted by Beverley Wang as Ben Law steps away to focus on screen commitments. It will air 11.30am weekdays and Sundays at 2pm.

Cassie McCullagh will co-host The Bookshelf, while Kate Evans takes an extended break at the beginning of next year.

Earshot will not produce new episodes and will broadcast from its archives. Counterpoint and Between the Lines won’t return.

Manager ABC RN Cath Dwyer said:

“I’d like to thank Amanda Vanstone and Benjamin Law for their contribution to RN, and for bringing their ideas and perspectives to RN’s audience and wish them both the very best for the future.”

Returning are Patricia Karvelas for RN Breakfast, Andy Park on RN Drive, Phillip Adams on Late Night Live and Hilary Harper on Life Matters, Days Like These and Background Briefing.

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