Nine Perth’s senior crime reporter Jerrie Demasi – who happens to be married to Genovese – will now co-share the 4pm Nine Live Perth bulletin with Louise Momber from February 3, presenting news in a digestible format and also debating the day’s big issues with personalities on The Pulse.
“Jezz and I know how important good journalism is, so to be able to find, write and then present Perth’s stories is unreal,” Genovese said on Wednesday.
I’m WA born-and-bred and we love having a laid-back lifestyle, and that’s what I want to bring to the show; some of that westside vibe.
“I know how hard the cammos and editors work everyday, so to be someone who gets to actually deliver the info is a real privilege. I’m really lucky.”
While new to Nine’s national weekday breakfast show, Vo is already an established personality nationally and in 2014 published a book about her family’s arrival to Australia as refugees from Vietnam in the late 1970s.
She said she was surprised to get the call-up but wasn’t concerned about joining a show that would be heavily scrutinised amid recent rating woes and the return of Gold Logie winner Karl Stefanovic.
“I’m just excited to join a fun crew. We’re good mates and we all like to have a good laugh, which is what I’ll bring, too,” Vo said.
“I’m WA born-and-bred and we love having a laid-back lifestyle, and that’s what I want to bring to the show; some of that westside vibe.
“I’ve been doing news since I started my career back in 2004 … I want to bring some lightness but also show my experience as a journalist and a news presenter too.”
Perth media stalwart Michael Thomson will return to Nine’s flagship one-hour news bulletin – which enjoyed a massive bump in the ratings that mirrored the network’s fortunes nationally – with a team of trusted journalists at locations across WA, the country and the world.
AFL great Matthew Pavlich will join ‘Thomo’, with Scherri-Lee Biggs presenting the weeknight weather and engaging with communities with outside broadcasts from various locations, while Momber and Paddy Sweeney will take the weekend news anchor roles.
Perth news director Michael Best said his talented team of award-winning journalists would continue to cover issues in 2020 without fear or favour.
“We will continue to bring viewers the best and most reliable news Perth can trust, live from our studios at the top of St Georges Terrace, every day of the year,” he said.
Vo and Co will be on air for Today and Today Perth and from Monday, January 6.
Robert Moran is a culture reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
David writes about sports and lifestyle for WAtoday.