Virginia Trioli confirmed for Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne gig

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Virginia Trioli will move from ABC TV’s News Breakfast to ABC Radio Melbourne’s Mornings show next year.

The ABC today confirmed the move today, following multiple reports that Virginia was widely tipped as a frontrunner for the position.

The popular host will replace Jon Faine in 2020, who is set to hang up the mic at the end of the year after 23 years on Mornings.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking on one of the most precious radio jobs in the country,” she said in a statement.

“Jon and the ABC Melbourne team, for more than two decades, have created an agenda-setting and community-building program that means so much not only to Melburnians, but to anyone who values great conversation and the vital need for the continuing contest of ideas.

“Radio is in my soul and I’m pinching myself that this once-in-a-career opportunity has come my way. Melbourne – we’re going to make great radio together!”

Virginia previously hosted Drive on ABC Melbourne between 2000 and 2005, as well as a stint on ABC Radio Mornings.

“Virginia is one of those rare broadcasters who brings insight and clarity to often complex issues and does so with an openness and good humour that audiences respond to,” added acting director of ABC Regional & Local Judith Whelan.

“Virginia knows the issues, knows the subjects and most importantly knows Melbourne.  She will take the program on to new heights in 2020, continuing to set the daily agenda in Melbourne, as it has done for the past 23 years.

“ABC Radio is thrilled to welcome Virginia back as one of our key presenters.”

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