Prime7 News presenter Freya Cole (pictured) is leaving the regional network to join Seven to further her reporting aspirations.
From Monday 13 February Madelaine Collignon and Kenny Heatley will share presenting duties together. The change comes despite metro bulletins recently downgrading from double to single presenters.
A Prime7 press release also notes both presenters “live and work in regional Australia” -a pointed contrast to Nine’s new regional bulletins, which will be presented from capital cities.
“As a new mum coming back to work, it’s great to be teaming up with new dad Kenny, he’s a great talent with a terrific track record in journalism – together we’ll ensure the local news is brought to viewers in a refreshing and interesting, but always informative way,” said Collignon.
“I’m thrilled to be sharing the desk with Maddie and can’t wait for our viewers to see the planned changes,” added Heatley. “It’s great to have the opportunity to join such a highly respected and experienced presenter in bringing our viewers the stories that matter most to them.”
Prime7 News Chief Paul Patrick said, “Madelaine and Kenny will be a formidable duo up front in what is only the first of many changes Prime7 is unveiling over the coming weeks as we herald a new approach to news reporting. Prime7 is committed to a full half hour of local news to ensure that every local issue is investigated, every local event celebrated, and each and every government decision affecting our viewers is scrutinised and interrogated.”
“Our dominance in local news across NSW demonstrates our audience’s appetite and need for depth and quality in local news, weather and information.”
Prime7 produces five half hour local news bulletins each weekday while Prime’s Western Australian division, GWN7, also produces a nightly half hour local news program.