Another ABC star quits, new role for Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas at the news desk. Source: Patricia Karvelas

The ABC has unveiled more changes for 2024, with news presenter Karina Carvalho to depart the broadcaster and Patricia Karvelas named as a permanent host for TV’s Q+A.

Carvalho, who has been at the national broadcaster for 17 years, has most recently been a newsreader on ABC 24, based in Sydney.

She will work her final shift on Wednesday.

“The ABC will always have a special place in my heart, I’ve been able to meet and work with so many talented people,” she said in comments reported by The Australian.

“Now is the right time to venture into the next phase of my career and I’m excited to see what’s around the corner.

“I wish my colleagues at the ABC nothing but the best.”

Carvalho was born in Sri Lanka and moved with her family to Perth when she was four.

During nearly two decades with the ABC, she has anchored the 7pm news in Perth, hosted ABC News Breakfast alongside Michael Rowland and presented Queensland’s 7pm news bulletin.

Carvalho didn’t reveal her plans for future work. But The Australian reports that “already commercial networks are circling” – with the likely promise of a pay boost.

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