Naidoo left journalism in 2006 to become the spokeswoman for consumer watchdog Choice. She established the high-profile Shonky Awards during her time there in order to name and shame Australia’s worst products. In 2011 she released her first book, The Edible Balcony, which documented how she managed to grow 70 kilograms of food over 12 months on her “tiny” Potts Point balcony. Naidoo has also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef Australia, Gardening Australia and hosted the SBS TV series Filthy Rich and Homeless.
The ABC’s director of regional and local, Judith Whelan, described Naidoo as a “well-known” and “much-loved” broadcaster. Like its weekday counterpart, Weekend Nightlife is a nationally-syndicated program that runs into the early hours of the morning.
In a statement, Naidoo said she was thrilled and there “couldn’t be a more important time to re-join our national broadcaster”.
“As we’ve seen during this long, bushfire-ravaged summer, ABC Radio plays a vital role in our community by helping Australians stay informed and safe,” she said. “I look forward to continuing the wonderful legacy of Sarah Macdonald and the Weekend Nightlife team by sharing compelling news and stories from across Australia and around the globe.”