Jeremy Fernandez on becoming the main anchor of ABC NSW 7pm News, his path into journalism and diversity in media

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He’s one of the ABC’s most prolific and versatile presenters, hosting everything from rolling news coverage, to roles in state and federal election coverages, and live broadcasts of New Year’s Eve and the Sydney Mardi Gras.

But a younger Jeremy Fernandez never imagined a role on TV was a possibility — in fact, he was actually told by well-meaning career advisers not to even think about pursuing an on-air role.

Twenty-three years since he first landed a behind-the-scenes job at the ABC, the Malaysian-born journalist who migrated to Australia as a teenager has proved the doubters — and himself — spectacularly wrong.

Next week, Fernandez takes over from Juanita Phillips as the main presenter of the ABC’s NSW 7pm News after 14 years hosting the weekend bulletin.

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