Shock when one of Australia’s most popular radio presenters quits the breakfast show
2GB breakfast newscaster and Nine Radio’s Sydney news director, news director Natalie Peters, is leaving the network after 12 years.
Peters said the role was a dream come true and she owes her success to the people she has worked with.
“Radio is a team effort and with 2GB I’ve been lucky enough to work with the best team in the industry,” she said.
“Over the years we have always had an incredibly dedicated, talented and caring group of journalists and I am so proud of everything we have done.
Natalie Peters (right) is pictured with Erin Molan
She added, “I remember as a rookie telling the great Glenn Daniel that my dream was to cover the Olympics; I never thought I would do that on the ground in London, Sochi, Rio and PyeongChang. It has really been a privilege.
Colleague Ray Hadley described Peters as a “wonderful woman” and a great mentor to younger employees.
“Since I’m probably the last of the old guard, I think it’s appropriate if I share with you that Natalie Peters has always been a ‘lifter and never a ‘slimmer,'” he said.
“Whether it’s extra shifts or helping with special events like elections or, as Luke points out, the Olympics, Nat has always been front and center.”
Hadley said she was never afraid to stand up for her editorial decisions that were questioned by presenters.
“I think they forgot, although advice is always welcome in the editorial office, orders were not welcome,” she said.
It is clear that Peters is moving on to a role in communication.
Peters started at 2RRR before studying Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, doing snow reports for radio and TV stations in Jindabyne.
A spell at AFTRS followed before winning the 2013, 14, 15, 17 and 2018 Kennedy Awards for Outstanding Radio Reporting and Best On-Air Team for Metropolitan AM Radio with Erin Molan at the 2019 ACRAs.
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