‘The show’s spirit will continue’: Patricia Karvelas on hosting RN Breakfast for first time


The ABC’s Patricia Karvelas hosted her first-ever Radio National (RN) Breakfast show on Monday with the confidence and enthusiasm of a well-trained professional.

Karvelas took over hosting duties of the much-loved program when long-time host, Fran Kelly, stepped down after 17 years last year.

READ MORE: Patricia Karvelas prepares to go off script in new ABC RN Breakfast role.

She told The Guardian today that she accepts there’ll be a ‘period of grief’ for the loss of Kelly, but she’s determined to show listeners “that the show’s spirit will continue.”

“That’s my first project: to sort of steady the ship. When you lose a host there is a period of grief and adjustment that I’m very prepared for,” Karvelas said in the interview.

READ MORE: Patricia Karvelas announced as the new host of ABC’s RN Breakfast program.

Once that job’s been done, Karvelas’ next focus will be on ensuring the radio program has a national focus, even though it is being produced from her hometown of Melbourne rather than Sydney.

“This country is big and vast and the experiences we have in it are just so diverse and different,” she said.

Patricia Karvelas (right) took over hosting duties of the much-loved program when long-time host, Fran Kelly (left), stepped down after 17 years last year.

“What I am interested in is the truth and sometimes if you pursue the truth and facts they can take you to places unexpected.”

READ MORE: ABC’s Patricia Karvelas opens up about difficult childhood and entering the field of journalism.

Karvelas is known as one of the most driven people in media and there’s no doubt she’ll be successful in her new role.

Source: The Guardian.

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