Belinda Varischetti, currently the presenter of The Country Hour in WA will be the new host of 720 ABC Perth’s Drive shift in 2017.
Varischetti has featured as a regular on the late Eoin Cameron’s Breakfast program over the years but the majority of her time at ABC has been with the Rural department, hosting the Country Hour since 2011.
“I had just arrived at our family holiday house at Moore River – unpacked the car and popped a bottle of bubbles in the fridge to celebrate the start of my holidays – when I got the call confirming I have the presenter role for Drive on ABC Radio Perth in 2017”, said Belinda.
“Those calls don’t come along every day. Seriously, the best Christmas present ever! While I will miss my regional listeners in this new slot, I am so looking forward to the New Year. Talking, sharing, laughing and getting to know the ABC Radio Perth Drive audience.”
Sarah Knight, Local Radio Manager Perth, said “I’m very happy to bring Belinda onto Perth radio airwaves in 2017. She is full of energy and her keen interest in current affairs and Perth life will be just the tonic at the end of a long day.
“I’d also like to wish Jane Marwick well as she embarks on the next phase of her life. She has been terrific and I hope will always remain a friend of us here at the ABC.”
Jane announced last month she would not be returning in 2017.
Belinda’s start date will be confirmed in the new year.