Jennifer Keyte

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Jennifer Keyte
Born Jennifer Anne Keyte
(1960-01-21) 21 January 1960 (age 57)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Journalist & Television Presenter

Jennifer Anne Keyte (born 21 January 1960) is an Australian journalist and news presenter.

Keyte is currently weekend news presenter on Seven News in Melbourne.[1]


After graduating from St. Columba's College, Essendon, Keyte enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree at La Trobe University but left after her first year, accepting a cadetship with radio station EON FM in 1980. She moved from radio to television in 1982, joining ATV-10, in Melbourne reporting on courts, crime and state politics. She worked briefly on Good Morning Australia and presented the weekend news.[2]

In 1987 Keyte moved to HSV-7 where she co-anchored the main evening news bulletin alongside Glenn Taylor.[2] In 1990, Keyte became the first female solo primetime news anchor on Australian commercial television.[citation needed] She also presented news on Tonight Live With Steve Vizard late night variety show.[2] At the end of 1995, Keyte resigned after the network proposed to pair her at the news desk with David Johnston.[citation needed]

In 1996, after a short stint at radio station 3AW, Keyte moved to Nine, hosting Good Medicine, and Moment of Truth.[2] When Seven News ratings subsequently plunged further Keyte refused their offers to return and stayed with Nine for several years.[citation needed]

In August 2003, she returned to the Seven Network, presenting the weekend news. This was a reversal of roles with Peter Mitchell, who in 1996 occupied weekend news while Keyte was on weekdays.[citation needed] She has also filled in for Natalie Barr presenting the news on Sunrise, Seven Morning News and Seven 4.30 News.[citation needed]

In 2006, Keyte and others from Seven News were charged with and ultimately acquitted of contempt of court for allegedly publicising suppressed details of a Children's Court case.[citation needed]

She is an avid supporter of Essendon in the AFL, and worked alongside former Essendon champion Tim Watson on Seven News before he moved to presenting sport on weeknights.

Prior to her news career, Jennifer briefly worked as a model overseas.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Keyte is separated, with two sons.[2]

Media offices
Preceded by
Jennifer Adams
Seven News Melbourne
Weekend presenter

2003 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Greg Pearce
Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight presenter

1989 - 1995
Succeeded by
David Johnston