Hobart ABC’s Michael Veitch is set to exchange microphone and headphones for grease paint and footlights. Veitch known nationally for his TV stints in the D-Generation, Fast Forward and Full Frontal said that he is leaving ABC Local Radio to join a major theatre production, details of which are to be announced in Melbourne late next month.
For Veitch it will be another turn in his varied career: comedian, TV arts presenter, stage and film actor, writer and broadcaster.
He joined 936 ABC Hobart as Afternoons presenter in 2010. He sat in the Breakfast chair for the second half of 2010 and moved into his current role as Statewide Evenings presenter in January this year. He has presented national programs for ABC Local Radio, most notably during Anzac Day this year; and for the last two years he has hosted the Hobart season of ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live concerts.
Veitch is the author of several non-fiction books including one on the Bass Straits Islands. In 2011 he appeared on stage in Hobart as Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music. More recently he featured in the award winning short film, ‘Best Kept Secret.’
He will be heard on ABC Local Radio throughout the London Olympics period presenting the National Evenings program. His final program on ABC Local Radio, Tasmania will go to air on Thursday September 20.
ABC Local Content Manager, Tasmania, Jocelyn Nettlefold, wished him well for his next role, “Michael’s talent and humour have been an asset to Local Radio in Tasmania and the audience will miss his company.”