2GB news reader and Nine Radio’s Sydney news director Natalie Peters is leaving the network after 12 years. The daily Mail reports: Peters praised her colleagues as the ‘best team in the business’ and said she would miss 2GB’s listeners and callers.
‘Radio is a team effort and at 2GB I’ve been lucky to work with the best team in the business,’ she said.
‘Over the years we’ve always had an incredibly dedicated, talented and caring group of journalists and I’m so proud of all we’ve done.
She added: ‘I remember, as a rookie, telling the great Glenn Daniel my dream was to report on the Olympics; I would never have imagined I’d be on the ground in London, Sochi, Rio and PyeongChang doing just that. It has truly been a privilege.
Colleague Ray Hadley – who gave Peters her first gig – described her as a ‘formidable woman’ and great mentor to younger staff.
‘As I’m probably the last of the old guard I guess it would appropriate for me to share with you that Natalie Peters has always been a “lifter and never a “leaner”,’ he said.
‘Whether it be extra shifts or pitching in at special events like elections or as Luke points out the Olympics Nat has always been front and centre.’
Hadley said she was never scared to stand up for her editorial decisions if they were questioned by presenters.
‘I guess they forgot while advice is always welcome in the newsroom, orders were not welcome,’ she said.
It is understood Peters is moving on to a role in communications.
Peters started out at 2RRR before studying Media and Communications at Sydney University, doing snow reports for radio and TV stations in Jindabyne before going on to do a graduate diploma in commercial radio at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
She went on to win the 2013, 14, 15, 17 and 2018 Kennedy Awards for Outstanding Radio Reporting and Best On-Air Team for metropolitan AM radio with Erin Molan at the 2019 ACRAs.
Peters reported from all over the world, including Christchurch for the 2011 earthquake and the Olympics in PyeongChang, Rio, Sochi and London.
She led the newsroom at 2GB and Nine Radio’s bureau, managing a team which produces almost 60 bulletins a day.
Peters has also worked as a guest lecturer at AFTRS.
She will read her last bulletin at 6pm tomorrow.