Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese officially opened the Seven Network’s new newsroom and studios in Sydney.
Built across two floors of Seven’s head office at South Eveleigh, the new facility will be the home of the network’s Sydney and national news operations, including 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Latest, 7NEWS Spotlight and 7NEWS.com.au, bringing together Seven’s Sydney-based broadcast and operational staff for the first time in four decades.
Also in attendance at the event were the Premier of New South Wales, Christopher Minns, the NSW Minister for roads and Minister for the arts, John Graha, Minister for the environment and water, Tanya Plibersek, Seven West Media chairman, Kerry Stokes AC, and Seven West Media’s managing director and CEO, James Warburton.
Albanese said: “Seven has long been part of our shared story – entertaining us, informing us, creating shows that bring us together. They’ve shown how to adapt, how to innovate, how to look to the future and be ready for what’s coming.”
Warburton said: “This evening is more than simply the opening of a new studio. It’s proof – and a celebration – of our commitment to news and public affairs.”
“We also want to acknowledge the Albanese Government’s commitment to legislate the prominence of local TV services on connected devices, to ensure that Australians can continue to easily find their local news services. It is critical to the ongoing sustainability of trusted and local news.”
Sunrise co-host Natalie Barr and 7NEWS Sydney presenter Mark Ferguson hosted the evening.
Also in attendance were 7NEWS reporters and presenters and Seven stars including Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars and The Voice host Sonia Kruger, Sunrise co-host Matt Shirvington, Chris Brown, MKR judge Colin Fassnidge, Home and Away’s Ray Meagher, Emily Symons, Georgie Parker and James Stewart, and The Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.