The Newsreader

Continuing / 7:00pm ABC (AU) 56 min.
The Newsreader is set in the maelstrom of a commercial television newsroom in 1986. Dale Jennings is a diligent young reporter who is desperate to become a newsreader and Helen Norville is a notoriously 'difficult' star newsreader determined to build credibility. Over three months, the pair cover an extraordinary chain of news events from the shock of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, to the hype of Halley's Comet and the complexities of the AIDS crisis. A deep bond is formed that will upend their lives and transform the very fabric of the nightly news bulletin.

Season 2

6 Episodes

It's the biggest television event of the decade - Australia Day 1988, featuring a full re-enactment of the first fleet sailing into Sydney Harbour, ceremonies with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and one of the biggest protests ever seen in Australia.
Oct 15 2023
The News At Six is approached by Geoff and Evelyn's daughter Kay Walters, who offers her story of addiction for a price, plunging Helen and Dale into an ethical dilemma.
Oct 08 2023
As Australia's 1988 Bicentennial approaches, Helen is determined to interview a fiery Aboriginal activist. Meanwhile Dale quietly plans an elaborate marriage proposal.
Oct 01 2023
With international stock markets in freefall, Helen is plunged into crisis when a gossip columnist threatens to expose her troubled past. Feeling hunted, she turns to embattled CEO Charlie Tate for help.
Sep 24 2023
The country is rocked by a shock mass shooting in the heart of Melbourne. When Helen races to air with confronting footage of the aftermath, she is seen as exploiting the tragedy, and public sentiment shifts against her.
Sep 17 2023
It's one year on and Helen and Dale are now established as 'The Golden Couple of News'. It's Election Night 1987 - Hawke vs Howard. Competitor Geoff Walters is also making a well-publicised comeback on a rival network.
Sep 10 2023

Season 1

6 Episodes

While Helen is still reeling after Dale's revelation, reports emerge of a nuclear accident in Chernobyl. In the face of great fear and uncertainty, the pair must confront who they really are to each other, and to themselves.
Sep 19 2021
Dale's career and his relationship with Helen couldn't be any better, until his prized interview with an HIV-positive mother goes horribly wrong. In the eye of a media storm, buried secrets comes to light.
Sep 12 2021
Helen is deeply apprehensive about meeting Dale�s mother, while Dale gets lumbered with Royal Wedding puff pieces. But their everyday concerns are thrown aside when a bomb goes off on Russell Street.
Sep 05 2021
When news breaks of Lindy Chamberlain�s imminent release from prison, Helen, Dale and cameraman Tim fly to Darwin. But they�ll face fierce competition as they fight to land the �interview of the century�.
Aug 29 2021
Helen and Dale's new alliance has become the talk of the office as they cover the much-hyped return of Halley's Comet. The closer Dale draws to Helen, the more he finds himself thrust into the spotlight.
Aug 22 2021
In 1986, ambitious reporter Dale dreams of landing the most prized role on commercial TV: newsreader. But Helen, the network�s first female newsreader, struggles against her reputation as �difficult�. When their personal and professional lives collide, Dale and Helen embark on a fragile new alliance. Their first job together seems simple enough�cover the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Aug 15 2021