Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Executive General Manager Tasmania, Ally Bradley, today announced that veteran Nightly News on Seven Tasmania (previously known as Southern Cross News) news anchor, Jo Palmer, will step down after an incredible 18-year career in the role.

The highly respected Palmer began her role as weekday news anchor in 2002, moving across from presenting the weekend news on Seven Tasmania.

In addition to her role as Nightly News Seven Tasmania’s news presenter, she is a much sought-after master of ceremonies for the state’s premier award ceremonies and charitable fundraisers.

Palmer’s television career commenced as the host of Tasmania’s first lifestyle program, The Good Life in Tasmania that first aired on Southern Cross Television. The show was produced in Hobart and launched Palmer’s television career following her reign as Miss Australia.

Nightly News Seven Tasmania has regularly been the most watched news program in Australia per head of population.

“Jo has been the consummate professional as Tasmania’s favourite news reader. She has also been an amazing mentor to aspiring journalists and has been instrumental in helping team members fulfil their career goals, with many finding employment in metro markets,” SCA News Director, Grant Wilson, said.

“The chemistry between veteran weather presenter Peter Murphy and Jo has been a must see for many of the station’s viewers over the 18 years they have worked together. We will miss Jo and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

Commenting on her departure, Palmer said: “It is with deep sadness that I have decided to leave my position with the company.  Local news has been such a huge part of my life; sharing with our community the stories that have broken our hearts, lifted our spirits, kept us safe and informed, made us proud of who we are and where we live. The news room has been my second home, and the news team my second family. I will miss our team so dearly but I know this is the right decision for me personally and for my family.”

 SCA will announce a replacement for Palmer shortly.


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About Southern Cross Austereo
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is one of Australia’s leading media companies reaching more than 95% of the Australian population through its radio, television and digital assets. Under the Triple M and Hit network brands, SCA owns 96 stations across FM, AM and DAB+ radio.  SCA provides national sales representation for 34 regional radio stations. SCA broadcasts 92 free to air TV signals across regional Australia, reaching 4.4 million people a week, with Nine Network programming and advertising representation across Australia’s East Coast, Seven Network programming in Tasmania and Darwin, and Seven, Nine and Ten programming in Spencer Gulf. SCA operates Australia’s leading premium podcasting network - PodcastOne Australia – and provides Australian sales representation for global open audio platform SoundCloud. SCA's premium brands are supported by social media, live events, video, online and mobile assets that deliver national and local entertainment and news content.