The Newsreader

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Given this is a series about newsrooms/media, the early 90s presented lots of unrest in the media, e.g. Seven and Ten in receivership, massive job cuts across the sector, uncertainty over pay-TV


Michael Lucas posted on Instagram earlier today that some scenes from season 3 are being filmed at the same Nunawading studios as Neighbours.


I would say it’s easier for overseas viewers to follow.

It would be good if they could cover a local disaster such as a bush fire.

Or the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake.


Was Daniel Henshall character the news director (from season2) at the rival network Channel 7?

He doesn’t have credit on The Newsreader. Do you mean Daniel Gillies?


Must be another actor. The rival network Helen is working for (supposedly Channel 7)

Dan Spielman. So many Daniels. :wink:

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Michael Lucas confirmed in the 2024 preview issue of TV WEEK that the first episode of the third series will open with the 1989 Logies. That was held on March 17 that year; the only event we’ve been told the series will cover that is near to that date is the Exxon oil spill, which happened on March 24th. I think we’ve got what’s gonna happen in the first episode down.

I am a little concerned that we’ve heard nothing about what Australian news stories the series could cover, though, and I do hope that’s not to ensure the show keeps getting shown by international broadcasters that have already acquired it. If we assume it’s beginning in mid-late March and finishing with the fall of the Berlin Wall in November, that suggests stuff such as the airline strike, the takeover of Network 10, and the Pride March at the West Australian Parliament as possible local news stories. The latter is a good shout, for the possibilities it offers up for character development. And re: for what a potential fourth series could cover, I’m actually convinced the show will end with the third; Lucas himself effectively said as much on the podcast a while back.


The Newsreader won three AACTA Awards last night, including best drama series, best lead actress in a drama (Anna Torv), and best supporting actor in a drama (Hunter Page-Lochard). The series also won best direction in a drama and best screenplay in television on Thursday.

Here is a photo of cast and crew from last night, with creator Michael Lucas and producers Joanna Werner and Emma Freeman right in front.


ABC drama series The Newsreader wins five AACTA Awards

The dream run for ABC and Werner Productions smash hit The Newsreader continued at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards last night on the Gold Coast.

The ABC won 11 AACTAs overall with The Newsreader reaffirming its position as Australian television’s standout drama winning five awards.

Depicting an Australian TV newsroom from the 1980s, The Newsreader was named best drama series for the second year and has now claimed 11 AACTA awards across its first two seasons.

In the best children’s program category where the ABC swept the nominations, global phenomenon Bluey won from fellow nominees Beep and Mort, Turn Up the Volume, Crazy Fun Park and The PM’s Daughter. It was Bluey’s fifth AACTA award in five years for Best Children’s Program.

Heart-warming ABC series Old People’s Home for Teenagers took out the best factual entertainment program, the wildly popular Tom Gleeson and the team behind Hard Quiz won best comedy entertainment program while Gardening Australia was named best lifestyle program. The Dark Emu Story’s Caitlin Yeo and Damien Lane won the AACTA for best original score in a documentary while Ivan Sen’s Limbo was crowned Indie film of the year.

ABC Chief Content Officer Chris Oliver-Taylor paid tribute to the ABC’s AACTA award winners: “Congratulations to all the AACTA award-winning ABC programs. I’m so incredibly proud of the depth of talent across the entire slate that saw an astonishing 60 nominations, showcased with wins across Drama, Factual, Entertainment and Children’s content.

“The ABC is immensely proud of the success of home-grown Gardening Australia, produced by the brilliant team inside the ABC and we’re delighted to partner with so many independent production companies to bring such amazing stories to all Australians.”

“In front of some of the screen’s biggest names, The Newsreader and Amazon Prime Video’s Deadloch dominated the television category.

The Newsreader’s Anna Torv was named best lead actress in a drama and Emma Freeman took out the award for best direction in drama or comedy. Hunter Page-Lochard won the AACTA for best supporting actor in a drama while Zed Dragojlovich for best costume design.

“The Newsreader has been an incredible success,” Oliver-Taylor continued. “We are thrilled for Joanna Werner, Michael Lucas and everyone at Werner Film Productions, we can’t wait to bring you season 3 later this year.”

The ABC received more nominations than any network or streamer at the AACTA awards that highlight and celebrate screen excellence in Australia.