7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep


Deb Hutton’s personal mission to save Aussies

Her face was her fortune, but it nearly cost her life.

Deborah Hutton has one of the most recognisable faces in Australia, having graced television screens and magazine covers since the age of 16.

But two years ago, the former model and media personality was rushed in for surgery on a facial skin cancer which left her with a confronting large scar on her picture-perfect face.

No stranger to the effects of Australia’s harsh climate, having been diagnosed over the past two decades with multiple recurrent skin cancers, this was the final wake-up call that sparked Deb into action.

Now, the iconic Australian beauty is on a one-woman mission to save the nation one skin check at a time, bringing to life a campaign that shines light on the importance of prevention and skin cancer awareness.

This Sunday, in a major 7NEWS Spotlight television event not to be missed, Deb reveals the latest chapter in her deeply emotional journey with skin cancer, as she traverses the country on her plight to educate sun-loving Aussies.

Hearts will be touched by Oceana Hegyi, a 26-year-old mother-to-be who is recovering from stage 2 melanoma, and Paula Fox, another melanoma survivor and wife of trucking billionaire Lindsay Fox. These women, among many others, are following in Deb’s footsteps to make extraordinary change in the area of skin cancer awareness and prevention.

For Deb, her former life in the spotlight pales into insignificance as she comes face-to-face with the real heroes of her campaign.

“This has so much more meaning to me than half the stuff I’ve done the last 40 years… this is a different love, it has much more purpose and meaning behind it,” she said.

The emotional tell-all interview will delve deep into Deb’s battle and unpack her story, her struggle, and her scars, explaining how everything she’s done in her life until now has led her to this moment.

And in a shocking revelation, Deb reveals that she is not out of the woods yet.

7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep
This Sunday 8.45pm after The Voice on Channel 7 and 7plus

7NEWS Spotlight: The Fame Game


Fame is empowering, but there is no manual

Fame is a bittersweet game.

Sure, it has its benefits, but it doesn’t shield one from the darker side of a life lived in the public eye. What happens when the applause fades, the lights go down and the phone calls stop?

This Sunday, 7NEWS Spotlight returns to Channel 7 and 7plus for another epic season as it turns the spotlight on fame in an evening of revelations, laughs, tears and triumph, with a show packed-full of Aussie TV legends.

Hosted by television acting royalty, Home and Away’s Ada Nicodemou and Cameron Daddo, join some of Australia’s greatest-ever entertainers for one of the biggest nights of the year as Spotlight examines fame in all its forms.

A cavalcade of legends including Tony Barber, Rowena Wallace, Greg Evans and Mat Stevenson join some of the most well-known stars who found fame on the reality block, including Brynne Edelsten, Ajay Rochester, Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven, to share their highs and lows of celebrity life.

The stars reveal the glittering excess of the glory days and the dark secrets of fame’s downside – death threats, assaults, drugs, money, crazed fans, terrifying stalkers and navigating the poisonous world of social media and online trolls.

The road to fame can take many twists and turns. In recent years that road has been littered with car crashes thanks to reality television, with ordinary people thrust into the spotlight and unprepared for the repercussions.

Join the biggest names of the entertainment industry as they gather for this not-to-be-missed night of revelations, culminating in the dinner party to end all dinner parties, with one very special moment that will bring you to applause.

7NEWS Spotlight: The Fame Game
This Sunday 8.50pm after The Voice on Channel 7 and 7plus

The Great Debate: The Final Showdown


Next Wednesday after Big Brother on Seven and 7plus

On Wednesday 11 May, the gloves are off as the Seven Network hosts the third and final leaders’ debate showdown between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese live on Channel 7, 7plus and The West Australian.

7NEWS Political Editor Mark Riley will moderate the debate as both leaders face off for the last time before Australians head to the polls for the Federal Election on Saturday 21 May, featuring questions from The West Australian’s Federal Political Editor Lanai Scarr and 7NEWS political correspondent Jennifer Bechwati fresh from the campaign trail.

Immediately following the debate, Michael Usher will anchor a special edition of The Latest including the winner tallies and a comprehensive breakdown of the key issues.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, said: “This will be a showdown unlike any other debate, perhaps the most crucial hour of this campaign for both leaders, and there’s no better moderator than Seven’s Mark Riley.

“Mark has been with the leaders on the road since the campaign started. He is across all the key issues voters want answers to and with his encyclopaedic knowledge, it is sure to be a true test just 10 days out from when Australia votes for who will be our next leader.”

7NEWS, Australia’s #1 news service, is committed to bringing Australians the most comprehensive and dynamic election coverage, featuring informed commentary and analysis from an unrivalled team of political experts.

7NEWS dominates broadcast news in every state and throughout the crucial regions of Australia where others choose to ignore, reaching 3.5 million Australians every week at 6.00pm. That dominance is mirrored in the mornings driven by Sunrise across the entire country.

As the most-watched free-to-air broadcaster across all screens, Seven reaches more than 91% of Australia’s population each month, including in the capital cities, regional Australia and digitally on 7plus. In WA, that dominance backed by the unchallenged strength and scale of The West Australian, the fastest growing cross-platform news brand in the country.

The Great Debate: The Final Showdown
Live after Big Brother, Wednesday 11 May on Channel 7 and 7plus, with special coverage across The West
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7NEWS welcomes Abbey Gelmi


Gelmi to join the 7NEWS Melbourne team

Australia’s #1 news service today announced Abbey Gelmi is joining Melbourne’s top-rating 7NEWS team, led by Peter Mitchell, Jane Bunn and Tim Watson.

From next Saturday, Gelmi will present sport on weekends alongside Rebecca Maddern,  Mike Amor and Sonia Marinelli.

Gelmi will continue her roles across the breadth of the 7SPORT schedule, including her work on Seven’s AFL coverage and the upcoming Commonwealth Games. She will host Seven’s Footy Central for the first time tonight.

Gelmi has quickly become one of Seven’s most versatile hosts, having presented across the AFL, cricket, horse racing, motorsport and, most recently, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 coverage with poise, grace and infectious enthusiasm. As the granddaughter of Australian middle-distance great Herb Elliott, sport is in Gelmi’s blood.

I’m thrilled to join Mike, Bec and the 7NEWS team while continuing my role across 7SPORT. The opportunity to work with and learn from the best is something I’ll never take for granted and that’s exactly what the Melbourne newsroom offers.

Abbey Gelmi

Abbey has established her sporting credentials across Seven’s AFL, Olympics, cricket and motorsport coverage. She’s a great fit for a great team and another reason to watch 7NEWS for Melbourne’s best coverage of news, sport and weather.

She will be front and centre of our sporting coverage on the weekends, with exclusive access to the grounds on match day, and she will continue to be in the middle of the coverage for 7SPORT.

Shaun Menegola, Director of 7NEWS Melbourne

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Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

Sunrise is live at the Oscars


Hollywood’s night of nights is here on Monday, and it all starts on Sunrise.

Kicking off from 5.30am, join Sunrise’s Natalie Barr as she rubs shoulders with the biggest stars live from the red carpet of the 94th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Australia’s #1 brekky show will have exclusive access to the Oscars for this special edition of Sunrise. Joining Nat to bring viewers all the glitz, glamour and celebrity interviews will be Sunrise’s entertainment guru Nelson Aspen and 7NEWS US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany.

I’ve covered floods, fires, elections and terror attacks, so to frock up and head to the biggest red carpet of them all is going to be different, exciting and a whole lot of fun! I can’t wait to bring Sunrise viewers all the action of the Academy Awards up close from 5.30am on Monday morning.

Natalie Barr

Channel 7 and 7plus is the exclusive home of the Oscars in Australia, with the 94th Annual Academy Awards ceremony to air live from 11am Monday, co-hosted by Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.

The awards ceremony will be replayed at 9.40pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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7NEWS Melbourne honoured with three Quill Awards


The Seven Network’s 7NEWS took home three prestigious Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism at the annual Melbourne Press Club gala event last night.

The 7NEWS Melbourne team collected the Quill in the Breaking News Coverage category for its captivating news coverage of the construction protests that paralysed the city – unanimously standing out in a field of high-calibre entries as an example of cool-headed professionalism during the worst day of the dangerous and dramatic breaking news event.

Commended for his powerful storytelling, quick thinking and technical prowess in an extremely hostile environment, 7NEWS cameraman Oli Bourguignon was recognised with the Quill for Shot of The Year for his exclusive vision of the protests.

7NEWS senior reporter Cameron Baud was awarded the Quill in the TV/Video News category for “Delta Removalists Uncovered”, unearthing the damning footage of the removalists linked to the start of the Delta outbreak that led to the lockdown of 6.7 million people.

Baud doggedly chased down his leads and was able to obtain the crucial vision, which became a vital part of investigations by Victoria Police and the DHHS and prompted the state government to place further restrictions on interstate-based removalists.

7NEWS reporter Cassie Zervos was highly commended in the Coverage of an Issue or Event category for her coverage of the arrest in the case of missing Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay. 

The Quill awards are recognition of the outstanding work our team is doing every day, and show why more and more people are making the switch to 7NEWS. We couldn’t be prouder of the winners and the team who backs them up.

Shaun Menegola, 7NEWS Melbourne Director

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7NEWS crime investigation podcast The Lady Vanishes surpasses 10 million downloads


The award-winning 7NEWS true crime investigation podcast, The Lady Vanishes, has surpassed 10 million streams and downloads since its launch in 2019.

The production delves into the true story of much-loved mother, teacher and friend, Marion Barter, who boarded a plane for an overseas adventure 22 years ago and was never seen again.

The riveting 51-episode series continues to enthral listeners as they follow Marion’s daughter’s pursuit for answers.

Since its launch in 2019, The Lady Vanishes has been a labour of love for all involved. NSW Police initially dismissed the case, however, they have since reopened the investigation after listening to the podcast. It finally feels like we are getting close to a resolution. We’re closing in on the culprit.

A special thanks to Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, and everyone who made this podcast possible by investing support for our project from the start.

Alison Sandy, The Lady Vanishes executive producer

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We’re even better together in 2022

By 7NEWS, 7plus, 7RACING, 7SPORT, Kickstart 2022, Olympics, SEVEN, Seven West Media, SPORT

Plan your 2022

Seven West Media’s successful acquisition of Prime Media Group means we are the country’s leading commercial premium broadcast, video and news network. We’re even better together;

•  Reaching more than 90% of the Australia’s population each month
•  Offering ease of trading through a single platform to seamlessly access metro and regional audiences 

The addition of Prime strengthens our #1 position;

•  #1 TV network in Australia (Seven)
•  #1 TV network in regional Australia (Prime)
•  #1 commercial BVOD service (7plus)

We’re even Better Together in 2022

•  Better Content – Content is at the heart of everything we do. Australia’s best premium content, blockbuster shows and trusted brands are all right here at Seven.
•  Better Engagement –
Where attention is currency, engagement is power. We work with you to develop brave and engaging ideas that connect with audiences and influence action.
•  Better Results
– Your objectives are ours too. We are committed to delivering on shared outcomes and we value your partnership. With this approach, together, we drive better results.

Plan your 2022 with Seven by contacting us today.

Coming in 2022

Guinness World Record for 7NEWS duo


Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr’s record-breaking achievement

Channel 7 Perth’s beloved weeknight anchors, Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr, have been certified by the Guinness World Records as the longest serving television news anchor duo, with an official record of 36 years and 247 days.

Rick and Susannah’s record was officially recognised by Guinness after a lengthy trip down memory lane to provide video proof of every year they have read together.

The previous record was a US duo that was together for 32 years.

I’m humbled to be part of a news team Perth has watched for decades, and equally as excited about presenting the news with Sue into the future.

Rick Ardon

What a fabulous journey it’s been and continues to be. Seven have the best news team, I’ve got the best reading partner and I love our relationship with the people of Perth. How lucky am I!

Susannah Carr
Seven News newsreaders Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr with their Logies that they recently won. Pic taken April 1986.

This week marks 37 years of bringing the news into the homes of West Australians, with their first live broadcast on 24 January 1985.

Rick originally joined Seven in 1978 as a news journalist and attributes a large part of his success to his grounding in news as an on-the-road reporter. Susannah began her career in media in 1974 as a radio announcer after studying Law and Arts at the University of Western Australia, she later became the first female TV newsreader for the ABC in Perth.

Rick and Susannah are very much part of Perth’s identity, and with their longevity comes trust and credibility, which is paramount to our audience.

There are West Australians who can’t remember a time that Rick and Susannah weren’t bringing them their nightly news. That relationship with our viewers is invaluable. I congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition and join with the wider Seven West Media team and broader community in celebrating their continued success.

Maryna Fewster, Seven West Media WA CEO
Susannahh Carr and Rick Ardon from Seven News are celebrating 34 years on the air together. Picture – Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

,Now into their fourth decade together, presenting more than 8,000 7NEWS nightly bulletins to the people of Western Australia, Rick and Susannah are not only the longest running news presenting team but also the most successful anywhere in the world. Hearty congratulations to Rick and Susannah from all your colleagues at Seven on a phenomenal achievement that continues to power on.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

7NEWS Perth has won the 6.00pm timeslot every week since OzTAM ratings began in 2001 and continues to average a 50.1% commercial share each weeknight.

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