6PR Breakfast host to join 9News Perth as director of news

9News Perth

• Gareth Parker will step into the role in the coming months

Nine has appointed Gareth Parker as director of news of 9News Perth.

Parker brings with him a wealth of experience across multiple platforms, including his current role as host of 6PR Breakfast and columnist for WAtoday. Previously, he hosted 6PR’s Morning Show and was a reporter with The West Australian newspaper for over 13 years.

Parker has a number of accolades, including winning the Matt Price Prize for WA Columnist of the Year, WA Journalist of the Year at the 2021 WA Media Awards, as well as a nomination for a prestigious Walkley Award.

Darren Wick, 9Network director of news and current affairs said, “Gareth is an outstanding journalist with a track record of breaking major stories. He is committed to getting to the heart of issues that matter for West Australians. We have a great team at 9News that will flourish under his leadership.”

Clive Bingwa, managing director of Nine Perth said, “Gareth is WA born-and-bred. He is one of the state’s finest journalists and knows the local community better than anyone.

“We have delivered strong year-on-year audience growth in news across board, with 9News WA First, our interactive 5pm bulletin, attracting new audiences and recording substantial year-on-year numbers leading into our flagship 6pm bulletin with Michael Thomson and rounded out with the national late bulletin produced from Perth Monday through to Thursday.

“It’s a privilege to have Gareth on board to continue the positive trajectory established by Michael Best.”

Parker said he is looking forward to taking on the role in a market he knows so well, “I am going to miss the 6PR listeners terribly and it has been a great privilege to sit behind the mic for the past six years.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead such a talented and hungry team at 9News Perth as we bring the people of WA the stories that matter in news bulletins they trust.”

Parker will step into the role as 9News Perth’s director of news in the coming months, and his replacement on 6PR Breakfast will be announced soon.

Top image: Gareth Parker

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