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Bill McDonald (Australian journalist)

Bill McDonald (born 1967) is an Australian journalist and news presenter.

Bill McDonald
Born1967
OccupationNews presenter & journalist
Spouse(s)Julianne
Children4
WebsiteBill McDonald profile

CareerEdit

Previously McDonald had been a sports presenter but was promoted to news presenter when Geoff Mullins left Ten News.[1] He was also a sports presenter on Seven News.

In the summer of January 2010, McDonald presented Ten Early News, Ten Morning News and Ten Weekend News from Sydney.

In 2011, McDonald continued to present 10 News First Queensland and also continued to be the Queensland AFL ground commentator for Ten's national AFL coverage, mainly for matches involving the Brisbane Lions.

McDonald is active in other media and events in Brisbane. He broadcasts daily AFL reports on the Macquarie Southern Cross national radio network daily, as well as his Friday footy tips on Sunshine Coast's Mix FM. He's a regular MC at functions and in 2010 was appointed as the Queensland Rugby Club's corporate lunch host until 2012.[citation needed] McDonald has also commentated AFL for Triple M Radio Network and NIRS.[2]

Previously he was also AFL correspondent for the Melbourne's The Age and wrote a weekly AFL column for the Gold Coast Bulletin. McDonald also wrote columns for Brisbane News and Style magazines and co-hosted a live Saturday morning sports show on River 94.9.[citation needed]

McDonald is a professional voice-over artist, performing character voices for radio commercials. Bill along with business partner Kristin Devitt, own a media training company Mas Media (Master the Art of Speaking), focussing on corporate clientele.[citation needed]

In November 2012, McDonald resigned from Network Ten.[3]

In January 2013, McDonald joined the Seven Network and started co-presenting Seven News from Sunday to Thursday with Sharyn Ghidella.[4]

In 2015, Bill co-hosted a documentary while crossing the Kokoda Track in PNG, while also filing news reports and live crosses from the jungle along the way. He has completed numerous charity bike rides, runs and even his first marathon on the Gold Coast in 2016 at the age of 49.

In March 2018, McDonald left the Seven Network, to concentrate on network sport and building his own media business billmcdonald.com.au.[5]

For several years, Bill was a member of the Triple M Radio AFL commentary team up until 2016. Prior to that he also commentated on NIRS and prior to that local AFLQ Grand Finals for Channel 7 in the early 1990s.

Personal lifeEdit

McDonald is married to wife Julianne; in mid 2010 she gave birth to the couple's fourth boy.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brad off to Brissey". The Age. 15 December 2003.
  2. ^ McDonald joins Triple M's AFL call, radioinfo, 29 March 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ Crane, Kris; Swanwick, Tristan Bill McDonald leaves Channel Ten to take up a role at rival Channel 7, leaving the station with a female news anchor Georgie Lewis, Herald Sun, 25 November 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (19 January 2013). "Fresh news faces in Seven heaven". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  5. ^ Knox, David (9 March 2018). "Bill McDonald to exit Seven News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
Preceded by
Unknown
10 News First Queensland
Sports presenter

1996 - 2003
Succeeded by
Brad McEwan
Preceded by
Geoff Mullins
10 News First Queensland
Presenter with Georgina Lewis

2004 - 2012
Succeeded by
Georgina Lewis
Preceded by
Originator
Ten Evening News
Queensland presenter

24 January 2011 – 1 April 2011
Succeeded by
6.30 with George Negus
Preceded by
Kay McGrath & Rod Young
Seven News Brisbane
Presenter with Sharyn Ghidella

January 2013 - March 2018
Succeeded by
Max Futcher