Kellie Sloane

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Kellie Sloane
Born Kellie Anne Sloane
(1973-01-05) January 5, 1973 (age 41)
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1991-present
Spouse(s) Adam Connolly

Kellie Anne Sloane (born 5 January 1973) is an Australian television journalist.

Sloane was a presenter on the Nine Network's Nightline, and was also briefly an interim co-host of Today in 2007.

Career[edit]

Sloane first began her media career at ABC Local Radio in Adelaide in 1991, where she was a cadet reporter and a newsreader. She later moved to ABC TV in Adelaide where she was a reporter and a weekend news presenter.

She later joined Ten News as a reporter and fill-in presenter, before moving to Sydney.

During the Hindmarsh Island Royal Commission in 1995, Sloane was named as the source of sensationalist media coverage over the 'secret women's business', which led to the halting of the construction of the Hindmarsh Bridge. The commission later found the 'women's business' was a fabrication.[1]

Sloane joined the Nine Network in 1997 as a lifestyle series reporter for both A Current Affair and Money. She was removed from A Current Affair in 2005, during a revamp of the programme to combat a ratings slump against rival Seven Network's Today Tonight.

Sloane became a full time news presenter at the Nine Network on a number of occasions, filling in on the National Nine Early News alongside Sarah Murdoch, and Nightline. In 2006 she was appointed permanent presenter of National Nine News Afternoon Edition, replacing Mike Munro.

In April 2007, Sloane moved to co-hosting Today working with Karl Stefanovic as the stand-in replacement co-host for Jessica Rowe, who was on maternity leave at the time, however Rowe announced that she was leaving the Nine Network on 6 May 2007.[2]

On 10 May 2007, in one of the most memorable incidents on Today, Sloane collapsed live on air. The collapse occurred at 8:10am during a cooking segment with celebrity chef Tobie Puttock, of Jamie Oliver fame. It was reported that she was okay after the incident and Sloane returned to the presenters desk about 15 minutes later, allegedly attributing the "dizzy spell" to her 3am wake-up call.[3] Vision of Sloane collapsing in slow motion later went viral on social media with YouTube. The incident was parodied on an episode of ABC TV's The Chaser's War on Everything.

She finished up her co-hosting duties for Today on 25 May 2007, as Lisa Wilkinson took over hosting duties as of 28 May 2007.

On 18 June 2007, Sloane returned as presenter of the National Nine News Afternoon Edition. In late 2007, she also presented the National Nine News Morning Edition.

In September 2008, she returned to presenting the Nine's Morning News.

In October 2009, the Nine Network announced that Sloane would be shifted to the late night news programme Nightline, with Wendy Kingston moving to present Nine's Morning News Hour. She was also a fill in presenter for Nine News in Sydney.

In July 2010, with declining ratings, Nine announced Nightline would be axed immediately with reporters who were on duty retained, presenting late news updates in its place. Nine offered Sloane a redundancy package after 13 years at the Nine Network.

Since June 2012, Sloane has filled in for Samantha Armytage on the Seven Network's Weekend Sunrise, and she is also a regular on Kochie's Angels on Sunrise. Kellie has also filled in for Natalie Barr on Seven Early News and Sunrise.

Sloane was embroiled in controversy in May 2013, after calling herself a "babe" and defending the term, following criticism by journalist Geoffrey Barker in The Age newspaper that Australian television had become populated with "vacuous post-pubescent babes".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sloane was born and raised in the Barossa Valley, South Australia and is married to Adam Connolly and they have three children. They reside in Northbridge, New South Wales.[5]

In November 2013, for reasons not fully explained, Kellie reverted back to her maiden name Sloane.[6]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hindmarsh Island Royal Commission transcript". SA Government. 21 September 1995. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (6 May 2007). "Nine bones Jessica Rowe". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ AAP (10 May 2007). "Breakfast TV show host collapses on-air". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Franklin, Ned (2 May 2013). "TV 'babe' Kellie Connolly calls Geoffrey Barker a 'grumpy' old man". 3AW News. Radio 3AW. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Galleries: Kellie Connolly". The Herald Sun (News Limited). 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Sloane, Kellie (6 November 2013). "I'm ditching my hubby's name to be me again". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
Preceded by
Wendy Kingston (as Nine's Late News)
Nightline
Presenter

November 2009 - July 2010
Succeeded by
program axed
Preceded by
Wendy Kingston
Nine's Morning News Hour
Presenter

2007 - 2009
Succeeded by
Wendy Kingston
Preceded by
Mike Munro
National Nine News Afternoon Edition
Presenter

2006 - 2008
Succeeded by
Leila McKinnon
Preceded by
Georgie Gardner
Today
Substitute News Presenter
for Georgie Gardner

January 2007 - March 2007
Succeeded by
Allison Langdon
Preceded by
Sarah Murdoch
Today
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

1 April 2007 - 25 May 2007
Succeeded by
Lisa Wilkinson
Preceded by
Jessica Rowe
Weekend Sunrise
News Presenter

September 2013 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent