Rebecca Maddern is joining Channel Nine the network as co-host alongside James Brayshaw on Australia’s longest running AFL entertainment program, The Footy Show.
Maddern, an award-winning reporter who has an accomplished 15-year career in the media as a journalist and presenter, is excited to be joining The Footy Show team.
“I have been a fan of the show for many years and I am thrilled to have a new challenge that allows me the opportunity to use my footy knowledge and work alongside some of the best in the business,” said Maddern, who is also the Geelong Football Club’s number one ticket holder.
Maddern started her career as a sports reporter for Triple M Melbourne. She rapidly worked her way up to read the radio news on some of the biggest stations in Melbourne, including Triple M and NOVA.
Maddern moved into television in 2002, working for the Seven Network, and quickly established herself as a first-rate reporter, winning one of journalism’s most prestigious awards in 2003, a Quill Award for her reporting of the Victorian bushfires.
She has hosted the 6.00pm news, been a correspondent for Sunrise, and handled presenting and reporting duties on a number of sporting events, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup, and the glitz and glamour of the AFL Brownlow Awards night.
Channel Nine Melbourne’s Managing Director, Ian Paterson, said: “The Footy Show has been entertaining Australian audiences for 22 years and whilst its history has created an enormous legacy we think it’s now opportune to reset it for its long-term future. Having Rebecca come on board to co-host with her own perspective is a relevant decision, and we’re really excited at the prospect of what her dynamic personality will bring to the show.”
Channel Nine Melbourne’s Head of Production and Programming, Tim Cleary, said: “I’ve always felt Rebecca was capable of hosting her own show. She loves footy, she’s an accomplished journalist and presenter, and her personality and sense of humour suits the show. We’re excited to have her fronting The Footy Show with James”
Rebecca Maddern joins The Footy Show team on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
The Footy Show continues this Thursday night at 8.30pm on Channel Nine.