Network 10 has announced that acclaimed Western Australian journalist and presenter, Monika Kos, will join the team at 10 News First Perth from January 2020.
Kos will takeover weekday news reading duties from Narelda Jacobs, and present the weekday bulletin alongside sports presenter Tim Gossage and weather presenter Michael Shultz.
Jacobs will depart the desk today, and cross the border to a new role with Studio 10. It ends one of television’s longest serving News, Sport and Weather presenting trios – with Jacobs, Gossage and Schultz having been on-air together since October 2008.
“Narelda has been the face of 10 News First Perth for over a decade and I’m proud that she has been given this opportunity on Studio 10 to showcase her talent to the rest of Australia,” said Kos. “As a fellow West Australian, it’s an honour to be filling her seat and to be entrusted with such an important role.”
“I look forward to immersing myself in a newsroom that’s as enthusiastic and passionate about reporting issues that matter to Perth as I am. Whether reporting on local, interstate or international events, it will be a privilege to be part of a team that delivers them to you first. It’s a new chapter for me and I cannot wait to join the team.”
Jacobs said: “I’m so pleased to be handing over the baton to Monika, a journalist I’ve respected since I was a broadcasting student at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. I sat in awe of her as she motivated my class to pursue a career in journalism. Over the years, she’s inspired generations of reporters and she’ll continue to help lead an experienced and talented newsroom at 10.”
Network 10 Perth Sales Director & General Manager, Paul Townsend, said: “At an extremely exciting time for 10, off the back of the recent ViacomCBS merger, we are further consolidating our presence in the local Perth market.”
“10 News First Perth has been a staple for so many West Australians over a long period of time. Having Narelda lead part of this brilliant broadcast team put us in a very fortunate position, but as she tackles new adventures with Studio 10 we are looking forward to having Monika join the team in Perth. Monika brings with her almost 30 years of editorial experience and will be an important addition to an already impressive and successful news team.”
Network Director of News Content, Ross Dagan, said: “Narelda’s shoes are big to fill, but we’re confident that Monika is the perfect fit. It’s rare to have an opportunity to replace Narelda’s experience with such an outstanding presenter in a market like Perth where I know local knowledge is vital to our audiences. Monika knows Perth intimately. She’s been passionate about connecting with the community over almost three decades. Her knowledge and insights into the issues that matter to the people of WA can only add to our exceptional team. Across news, sport and weather we will maintain an incredibly formidable team.”
It’s a serendipitous move, with Seven last month cancelling the local editions of Today Tonight in Perth and Adelaide, which Kos presented in Perth for twenty years.