Peter Overton

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Peter Overton
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Overton in 2012
Born (1966-04-05) 5 April 1966 (age 51)
Occupation Nine News presenter
Spouse(s) Jessica Rowe
Children Allegra & Giselle

Peter Overton (born 5 April 1966 in England)[1] is an Australian television journalist and news presenter.


Overton joined the Nine Network as a reporter for National Nine News and later was appointed weekend sports presenter on National Nine News in Sydney and fill in presenter for Ken Sutcliffe. He also filed weekday news updates from the newsroom during Brian Henderson's tenure as presenter of National Nine News in Sydney.

Overton occasionally presented weekend news bulletins, and substituted on National Nine Early News and Today news for Sharyn Ghidella. He also co-hosted Nine's coverage of the Thredbo disaster with Tracy Grimshaw.[1]

He was a reporter for the current affairs program 60 Minutes for eight years and also held positions at 2UE, Sky News Australia and the Seven Network in Adelaide.[1][2]

In January 2009, Overton was appointed presenter of Nine News Sydney replacing Mark Ferguson following poor ratings.[3][4] Ratings did not improve in his first week, with Nine dropping to fourth behind then-leader Seven, Ten and the ABC.[5][6][7] However, after years of steady progress, Nine would later regain the ratings lead in the Sydney market.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Overton had a cameo role as himself in the 2011 Australian horror film The Tunnel.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Overton grew up in Longueville, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney. He went to Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Boys High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics[1]from Macquarie University.


His father, Dr John Overton, was an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Sydney and worked at the Children's Hospital at Westmead[16].

In the mid-1990s, Overton married his childhood sweetheart, but their marriage ended in divorce in 2000.

In mid-2001, Overton began dating then Ten News presenter, Jessica Rowe. Overton and Rowe married in 2004 and have two daughters.[1]

Community roles[edit]

Overton is a patron of the MonSTaR Foundation, a charity raising money and awareness of motor neurone disease.[2] He is an ambassador for Special Olympics Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that supports children and adults with an intellectual disability.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Peter Overton -". Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Who We Are". MonStaR Foundation. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  3. ^ McCowen, David (11 January 2009). "Ferguson ousted from top slot at Nine". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Walters, Conrad (12 January 2009). "Ferguson dumped as Nine scrambles for No. 1". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dumped anchor Mark Ferguson 'loathes' replacement Peter Overton". 15 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Peter Overton is bad news for Channel Nine's ratings". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Overton has to lift Nine ratings". 12 April 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Peter Overton's ratings finally paying off for Nine". 30 September 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Byrnes, Holly (3 December 2009). "Seven's Chris Bath lags behind Nine's Peter Overton in latest TV news ratings". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Dale, David (25 October 2015). "It's Nine versus Seven in battle for supremacy of TV's nightly news". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Nine News Sydney takes ratings crown from Seven, Media Spy, 22 October 2011
  12. ^ Manning, James (6 April 2016). "Nine Sydney newsreader Peter Overton celebrates two milestones". Media Week. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  13. ^ Doyle, Erin (23 July 2017). "Still the one! Nine News takes out the top spot in the ratings race for the 21st week... as the network claims victory for the year". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Nine News dominates weekly ratings, sitting at the top in its 21st week". The Sunday Telegraph. 23 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Peter Overton Filmography (IMDB)
  16. ^ Australian Story: The Good Doctor Australian Broadcasting Corporation April 2001]
  17. ^ "Our supporters". Special Olympics Australia. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 

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Preceded by
Mark Ferguson
Nine News Sydney
Weeknight Presenter

12 January 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nine News First at Five
Presenter (Sun)

February 2011 - January 2015
Succeeded by
Alicia Loxley