Emma Freedman (right) will expand her role with Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) to be the national drive news presenter on The Hit Network in the coming weeks.
The arrival of a national news service means the end of major market bulletins, which has led to the departure of longtime SCA newsreader Geoff Field (left) who had been with the broadcaster for 18 years. After many years as part of the Kyle and Jackie O team, Field moved to the Sydney afternoon news-reading role, but he has now departed the station. After being besieged by well-wishers on Wednesday, Field said: “I’m off overseas on Saturday to think about my future, and once again thank you to those I know personally, and equally to those that know me from the radio and online – you are too kind. To the journalists out there, never give up and I’m right behind you 100 percent.”
Freedman’s role on The Hit Network will be delivering national news inside the Hamish and Andy show in addition to her role on The Scoopla Show with Jules Lund and Emma Freedman.
Freedman said, “The Hit Network has been an incredible home for me over the past nine months and to be extending my role on air is very exciting. Hamish and Andy have been great buddies of mine for a long time, and I’m so excited to be reading the news in their show.”
The head of Hit Network Dave Cameron said, “Emma’s profile and popularity is at an all-time high. She’s one of the brightest new stars in the radio industry, and we are excited to increase her on air role across the Hit Network starting in a few weeks.”