Jim Wilson (sports journalist)

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Jim Wilson (born 1968)[1] is an Australian sports journalist and reporter.

Wilson is currently the Friday-Saturday sports presenter on Seven News Sydney, as well as the Tuesday-Friday sports presenter on the Morning and Afternoon national bulletins.

Career[edit]

Jim Wilson preparing to file a report for Seven News at Spotless Stadium, Sydney.

Wilson made Australian television history in August 2012 when he replaced Tony Squires as sports presenter on Seven News Sydney. This was the first time a married couple has anchored an Australian news bulletin as Wilson is married to Seven News presenter Chris Bath.[1][2]

In August 2013, Jim was appointed sport presenter on a revamped Seven Afternoon News. Since February 2017, Wilson has also presented the sport on the Tuesday to Friday editions of Seven Morning News.

Wilson was also a reporter for the Seven Network during the 2012 London Olympics, appearing on various Seven Network news bulletins and programs. This was also the sixth time Jim had covered the Olympics, either as a reporter or as a commentator.

Wilson anchored the panel for Seven's coverage of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs' friendly matches against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC respectively in 2013 and 2015. He is a Western Sydney Wanderers fan, and was an official ambassador for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which was hosted by Australia.[3]

In March 2016, it was announced that Wilson would lead Seven's sport team and continue to present sport on Seven News on Fridays and Saturdays, making way for new recruit Mel McLaughlin.[4]

Wilson will be the lead anchor of Seven's coverage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2012, Wilson married Seven News Sydney presenter Chris Bath after dating for three years.

Wilson's older sister, journalist and television personality Rebecca Wilson, died on 7 October 2016 following a private battle with breast cancer.[5][6] Six years earlier he lost a son, also to cancer.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Channel 7 star Chris Bath marries sports reporter Jim Wilson in a secret wedding ceremony". The Telegraph. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Jim Wilson joins wife Chris Bath in Seven News revamp". TV Tonight. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  3. ^ Channel 7 sports reporter and diehard Western Sydney Wanderers fan Jim Wilson is seeing red The Daily Telegraph, November 21 2014
  4. ^ "Mel McLaughlin confirmed as Channel Seven's new sports news presenter". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Rebecca Wilson dead at 54". The Mercury. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sports journalist Rebecca Wilson has died". 9news.com.au. AAP. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Rothfield, Phil (6 May 2017). "What’s the Buzz: Brett Kimmorley is adjusting to raising four daughters on his own". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
Preceded by
Ryan Phelan
Seven Morning News
Sport Presenter (Tue-Fri)

February 2017-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Originator
Seven Afternoon News
Sport Presenter

August 2013-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ryan Phelan
Seven News Sydney
Sport Presenter (Fri & Sat)

April 2016-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Tony Squires
Seven News Sydney
Weeknight Sport Presenter

August 2012-April 2016
Succeeded by
Mel McLaughlin
Preceded by
Tim Watson
Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight Sport Presenter

1999-2004
Succeeded by
Beverley O'Connor