Channel Nine has confirmed that Brooke Boney, who has just finished as a breakfast newsreader on Triple J, will replace Richard Wilkins as TODAY’s entertainment reporter.
Brooke Boney will join Channel Nine’s breakfast show in 2019 as an entertainment correspondent.
Channel Nine’s news director Darren Wick has confirmed the news, stating that his team is looking beyond the world of Australian commercial television to rejuvenate the networks’ flagship breakfast program.
Richard Wilkins, who has spent almost 25 years in the role, will remain the entertainment editor at Nine but will have a greater role on the second-tier TODAY Extra show with David Campbell and Sonia Kruger, which airs after 9am.
The Sydney Morning Herald report that 31-year-old Brooke Boney will ‘work closely’ with Richard in the role.
“I’m really thrilled to be joining the team and so excited to be working alongside Richard Wilkins. He’s such a legend in the business,” Boney said in a statement.
“It’s such an exciting time to be joining Nine and am looking forward to learn from everyone on the Today team. As a young girl growing up in the country I watched Today so it’s really awesome to know it’ll be my new home.”
This is a tremendous feat for the show, long been dominated by predominantly blonde women and criticised for its lack of diversity.
Brooke Boney hails from the Gamilaroi people of Muswellbrook in northern NSW, and was proactive in promoting her Indigenous culture during her broadcasts at Triple J, starting every bulletin with “Yaama”, which translates to “Hello” in Gamilaroi.
Boney left her role at Triple J in late November after spending two years as the news presenter on Triple J Breakfast. When it was announced that the 31-year-old was leaving the team, it was reported that she was simply moving on “to make exciting new content across other parts of the ABC.”
The University of Technology (UTS) graduate previously worked at SBS and the indigenous community station NITV.
Brooke Boney will become one of the first young Indigenous women to appear on commercial television in Australia.
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