Jennifer Keyte

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

Jennifer Keyte
Jennifer Anne Keyte

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

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]


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

Succeeded by
Preceded by
10 News First Adelaide

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jennifer Adams
Seven News Melbourne
Weekend presenter

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

1989 - 1995
Succeeded by


  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". 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.