Sorry @Tom_TV7, but personally I think that Peter Overton is currently (with an emphasis on currently - obviously Hendo, Climpson and Roscoe are even more iconic Sydney newsreaders than Overton) the most iconic newsreader in Sydney. It’s also not hard for me to imagine Overton still presenting Nine News Sydney in ten, possibly even twenty years time from now.
Nationally, the title of most iconic newsreader currently on Australian TV would surely (and I do say this as a lifelong Sydneysider with no ties to Melbourne or Victoria) have to be Peter Hitchener?
Look, I’m sure that Belinda Russell is a decent person and any criticism (from myself or others) certainly isn’t meant to be personal. However from what I’ve seen, she’s far too cheery as a news/weather presenter.
At times, watching her present the forecast is a bit like…
Belinda: “Tomorrow in Sydney, it’ll be 28 degrees with showers and possibly the chance of a thunderstorm” - while smiling.
Me: Can I take her seriously? She’s smiling like she’s joking!
I don’t really get that impression whenever Amber, Sophie or any of Nine Sydney’s other presenters are doing the weather.
Yes, there’s always room for personality but it’s a bit disconcerting when a presenter has a cheerful/smiley mood when they’re reading out severe weather warnings and forecasts of storms. Surely I’m not the only one who feels that way?
…and that there is why Georgie Gardner is currently Nine News Sydney’s 2nd in-line presenter ahead of Deborah Knight. While I like Deborah Knight just as much if not moreso than Georgie Gardner, the facts are that GG’s time at Nine and her career in TV news generally is longer than Deb’s.
Of course Peter Overton has been at Nine even longer than those two, that’s why he’s the current lead presenter of Nine News Sydney and to some extent, one of the main faces of Nine News on a national basis.