Tamara Oudyn is a former Stateline presenter and has been reading the news on weekends. (ABC News: Danielle Bonica)
Tamara Oudyn and Mary Gearin have been named as the faces of ABC News’ TV bulletins in Victoria after the retirement of veteran newsreader Ian Henderson.
Oudyn, who is already well known to the ABC’s Melbourne audience as the presenter of the weekend news, will read the 7:00pm news bulletin Sundays to Thursdays.
Gearin, a former Europe correspondent for the ABC, will present the bulletin on Fridays and Saturdays.
Oudyn said it was a privilege to be entrusted with the weeknight news-reading role.
“I’m really proud to be stepping into it because I’ve been presenting at the ABC for a long time,” she said.
“I know our audience and they know me and they rightfully have high expectations, so I can’t wait to bring them the news every night.”
Oudyn presented her first program for the ABC, thanks to a sick colleague and a gentle shove from her boss, while working for the broadcaster’s Asia Pacific Newsroom.
She went on to work for state-based current affairs program Stateline, which she described as one of the happiest times of her career.
But her most vivid memories come from her experience as a court reporter during Melbourne’s turbulent gangland wars.
Oudyn was in court when Carl Williams was sentenced and when Tony Mokbel absconded, sparking a manhunt which led the authorities to Greece.
Henderson, who announced on Tuesday that he was pulling up stumps at the ABC after 38 years, said there was no better choice than Oudyn.
“She is, in my opinion, the best newsreader that we have in Australia — and a delightful person, an intelligent person and someone who knows the Victorian audience extremely well,” Henderson said.
“Melbourne and Victoria are very particular audiences. They need their own champion and it is very important for people to know, muscle and sinew, what it’s like to live in this place.”
Gearin joined the ABC in 1989 and has spent most of her media career at the public broadcaster, including as a Europe correspondent based in London.
She covered events that are still rippling across the continent, including the European debt crisis, the resignation of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis, the rise of modern European terrorism and the birth of Prince George.
Gearin will continue to work as an on-the-road reporter several days a week.
She said she was thrilled to join Oudyn on the news desk.
“What this opportunity lets me do is actually combine some really fantastic things,” she said.
“So being in the studio, still being on the road, contributing across all the platforms and, at the same time, connecting more fully with the newsroom around me and with the community around me.
“It feels like it’s the culmination of many strains of my career and an opportunity for me to give back at the same time.”