Sarah Forster exits ARN as radio newsrooms dwindle
Award-winning journalist Sarah Forster has unexpectedly left WSFM as its breakfast news presenter for Jonesy & Amanda.
Radio Today understands that the much-respected journalist and newsreader has left the ARN-owned station to spend more time with her family and has already landed a gig at NOVA Entertainment’s smoothfm where she will present weekend bulletins.
Forster, who began her career at 2SM Sydney, went on to WIN TV Rockhampton and i98FM Wollongong. She then joined SCA writing news for Geoff Field on the Kyle & Jackie O show and read breakfast and drive news on Triple M and 2Day FM.
Forster arrived at 2UE as a police reporter in 2008, where she won the prestigious Brian White Award. She later became WSFM’s deputy news director and drive reader, before moving to breakfast in 2012, where she spent five years with Jonesy & Amanda.
A number of radio networks have downsized their on-air news resources of late, readying for a stronger focus on digital.
ARN recently confirmed a major shakeup of its news operations with veteran radio newshound Deb Clay appointed national news director earlier this month – coinciding with the departure of Emily Hoskins.
Clay’s appointment followed a “national review” of ARN’s news strategy that the network said would provide “a more streamlined format”.
Back in July, SCA detailed some changes to its metro newsrooms with the now former group news director Steve Speziale departing the network after a decade of service. Then, in January, Natasha Jobson returned from maternity leave as head of news operations.
And earlier this year, SCA announced a “commercial radio first” with the current deputy editor of the Daily Mail Australia, Sarah Michael, set to join the network in May this year as its national digital news editor.
“It’s an exciting time for SCA News as we invent how news is deployed on-air and online going forward,” said SCA’s chief creative officer Guy Dobson last month.
Radio Today has further learned that one of the radio networks is currently undergoing a major restructure of its news service that is expected to result in multiple redundancies.