Jennifer Keyte

Jennifer Anne Keyte (born 21 January 1960) is an Australian journalist and news presenter.

Jennifer Keyte
Born
Jennifer Anne Keyte

(1960-01-21) 21 January 1960 (age 61)
NationalityAustralian
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
EmployerNetwork 10
Television10 News First
Spouse(s)Ben Faggetter
Children2

Keyte currently presents the Melbourne and Adelaide editions of 10 News First. She was previously a weekend news presenter on Seven News in Melbourne.[1]

CareerEdit

After graduating from St. Columba's College, Essendon, Keyte enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree at La Trobe University but left after her first year.

Her broadcasting career began with a cadetship at EON FM in 1980 - the first commercial FM radio station in Australia. She later joined 3XY as a journalist and newsreader.

In 1982, Keyte switched to television, joining ATV-10's Eyewitness News in Melbourne, reporting on courts, crime and state politics. She worked briefly on Good Morning Australia and presented weekend bulletins.[1]

In 1987, Keyte moved to HSV-7 where she co-anchored Seven Nightly News alongside Glenn Taylor.[1] In 1990, she became the first female solo primetime news anchor on Australian commercial television.[citation needed] She also presented news on the late night chat show, Tonight Live with Steve Vizard.[1] At the end of 1995, Keyte resigned, reportedly after the network proposed to pair her on the 6pm news in Melbourne with former ATV-10 colleague David Johnston.[2]

In 1996, after a short stint at radio station 3AW, Keyte moved to Nine, hosting Good Medicine, [3] and Moment of Truth.[1] When Seven News ratings subsequently plunged further, Keyte refused their offers to return and stayed with Nine for several years.[citation needed]

In August 2003, she returned to the Seven Network, presenting the weekend news in Melbourne. This was a reversal of roles with Peter Mitchell, who previously anchored weekend news while Keyte was on weekdays.[citation needed] She has also filled in for Natalie Barr presenting the news on Sunrise, Seven Morning News and Seven 4.30 News.[citation needed]

In 2006, Keyte and others from Seven News were charged with and ultimately acquitted of contempt of court for allegedly publicising suppressed details of a Children's Court case.[citation needed]

In May 2018, Keyte rejoined Network Ten to present 10 News First Melbourne replacing Stephen Quartermain, who returned to his former role as sports presenter.[4]

In September 2020, Keyte began presenting the Adelaide edition of 10 News First following the transfer of studio production from Melbourne. She also continues to present the 5pm news in Melbourne.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Keyte has two children. She and her husband, Ben Faggetter, separated in 2009 and later divorced.[6][7]

Media offices
Preceded by
10 News First Melbourne
Presenter

2018–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
10 News First Adelaide
Presenter

2020–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jennifer Adams
Seven News Melbourne
Weekend presenter

2003 - 2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight presenter

1989 - 1995
Succeeded by

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Jennifer Keyte is an accomplished journalist, newsreader, presenter, MC and guest speaker and brings a sophistication and glamour to all her roles". 7News. 1 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013.
  2. ^ "1995: December 30-January 5". TelevisionAU.com. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. ^ Jennifer Keyte ICMI speakers]
  4. ^ "Jennifer Keyte Joins Network Ten As Presenter". Ten Daily. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ McKnight, Robert (11 August 2020). "BREAKING - REDUNDANCIES AT 10 NEWS AND CHANGES AT STUDIO 10". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  6. ^ Money, Lawrence (26 October 2009). "Degrees of truth as stars collide". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Keyte on single motherhood, success and getting her groove back". 27 June 2019.