ABC Radio host Virginia Trioli is departing her Melbourne radio show and returning to television for an unnamed arts show to screen in 2024.
Virginia Trioli said: “Being asked to present Mornings on this wonderful station has been a privilege and a joy. “I started just as bushfire smoke filled our city, we then headed into the dreadful Black Summer fires and then straight into Covid, and this show and station turned up in every sense of that word for a Melbourne and Victorian community that needed companionship, information and compassion more than ever before. The huge audiences we drew attest to that.
“But after many years of daily broadcasting, and almost two decades of rising for the toughest alarms the ABC has to offer, life circumstances require me to work and live differently now.
“I’m thrilled to return to my first love of arts coverage and to be a part of the ABC’s new cultural strategy.
“My thanks to the many ABC Melbourne colleagues I’ve been so lucky to work with – but most importantly, my deepest thanks always to our amazing radio audience who welcomed me so warmly: only we will ever understand how these last four years have felt.”
ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, said, “Virginia has had a long association with the arts, stretching back to her early years in broadcasting. Her knowledge and undisputed passion for the arts will give our new arts line up a significant boost in 2024.
“No other Australian broadcaster offers the depth and breadth of arts coverage that the ABC does,” he said. “Virginia’s new show will complement the already large suite of programs that focus on the arts which can be found on all our platforms – from ABC Radio, RN, ABC Classic and triple j to ABC TV and ABC iview.”
ABC Chief Content Officer Chris Oliver-Taylor said: “In 2024 we will be showcasing a brand-new series on ABC TV and ABC iview, celebrating some of the luminaries of the art world in an exciting new format. Virgina’s new show will form part of our expanded Arts coverage right across the ABC in 2024. Virginia will also continue with her wonderful Podcast You Don’t Know Me.
“Virginia has been incredible since she returned to ABC Melbourne, a wonderful host, engaging and inquisitive interviewer, never afraid to ask the hard question and set the daily agenda, but as sad as we and all her audience are that Virginia has decided to step away from her Mornings show, we are thrilled that she is staying with us at the ABC.”