A superb Aussie drama set on the Frontline of ’80s TV journalism

A superb Aussie drama set on the Frontline of ’80s TV journalism

It’s the end of January 1986.

Alan Border presided over one of Australia’s saddest days (a 206-run One Day International loss to New Zealand), and News at 6 co-host Helen Norville (Anna Torv) may have read her last bulletin.

She’s had enough of broken promises and frustrated dreams as the brilliant six-part Australian historical media drama The Newsreader (which premieres on Discovery’s new channel Eden this Thursday at 8.30pm) begins.

Boss Lindsay’s (William McInnes) pre-Christmas promises of reading leads and weekly special reports have so far come to nothing and – when pressed – he’s been openly hostile towards her.

“You’re not Barbara bloody Walters. I’ve got 20 girls just like you ready to go tomorrow,” he yells, as she storms straight out of the building.

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