Tim Webster

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Tim Webster
Born (1951-12-15) 15 December 1951 (age 68)
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, sports broadcaster
Years active1972–present
Notable work
Sports Tonight (1993–2004)

Tim Webster (born 15 December 1951) is an Australian television and radio personality and sports broadcaster. He has previously been a news presenter on the Perth edition of Ten News at Five and the news and sports presenter on the Sydney edition of the program. He was also an occasional fill-in presenter on Ten's Late News as well as Sydney's Ten News First and Sports Tonight.


Early career[edit]

In 1972, Webster started working for Bathurst radio station 2BS, progressing from a media buyer to a radio announcer. Later, Webster was part of the on-air team at 2MMM in Sydney.[1]


Webster was the first newsreader on breakfast television show Good Morning Australia.[1][2] In the early 1980s, he presented TEN-10 Eyewitness News in Sydney, alongside Katrina Lee. The pair enjoyed considerable success, often No. 1 in their timeslot.[3]

On 20 January 1992, Webster launched Australia's first regular, weeknight 5:00 pm newscast, re-uniting with Katrina Lee to co-present TEN-10 Sydney's Ten Eyewitness News First at Five.[citation needed]

He has covered various major sporting events for Network Ten, including the Melbourne Cup, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Australasian golf tour. From 1993 until 2004, Webster was the host of the nightly sports program Sports Tonight.[4]

During the 2003 Logie Awards, Webster was bitten in the thigh by a snake that Steve Irwin was handling during a performance.[5]

In 2005, Webster became the co-presenter of Perth's Ten News at Five, alongside Charmaine Dragun, while continuing with his duties as the sports presenter on the Sydney bulletin. Following Dragun's death in late 2007,[6] Webster continued on as the solo anchor of the Perth bulletin until 5 May 2008, after which he was replaced by Narelda Jacobs ahead of the bulletin's relocation back to Perth.[7] Later that same month, he stepped down as the Sydney bulletin's sports presenter on 30 May 2008, retiring from Network Ten after 27 years.[8]

In early 2011, Webster presented sport alongside Sandra Sully on Sydney's short-lived Ten Evening News. After that bulletin was axed, and replaced by 6.30 with George Negus (which moved from its original 6:00 pm timeslot) on 4 April 2011, Webster acted as a fill-in presenter for Ten News at Five and other national bulletins.


In June 2008, Webster joined radio station 2UE as fill-in newsreader and sports presenter.[8] He replaced Steve Price who moved to John Laws' former timeslot.

Webster hosted an afternoon program on Sydney's 2UE, 1pm to 4 pm Monday to Friday, before joining Macquarie Sports Radio in 2018 as a weekend host.[9]

In February 2019, Webster took over mornings on Sydney's 2CH from Bob Rogers.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Webster went to school at Scots College in Sydney.[11]

Webster has two sons and a daughter.[12][13]

Webster was diagnosed with Barrett's oesophagus in 2005.[14] He developed oesophageal cancer as a result of the condition and underwent surgery to remove a tumour in his oesophagus.[15]


  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Di (25 August 1995). "I'm Too Pretty for This Sports Program". The Canberra Times. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Lallo, Michael (20 May 2014). "'World of pain': axe looms over Wake Up, news at Channel Ten". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ Katrina Lee, TV's busiest woman[permanent dead link] The Sydney Morning Herald – 14 January 1985
  4. ^ Wallace, Mark (30 August 1993). "Sports Tonight and Every Night". The Guide. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Webster feels bite". The Age. 13 May 2003. Archived from the original on 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ Box, Dan (3 November 2007). "Newsreader found dead". The Australian. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2007.
  7. ^ Knox, David (27 February 2008). "TEN Perth appoints news presenter". TV Tonight. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Tim Webster steps back". Herald Sun. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Weekend Nights with Tim Webster". Macquarie Sports Radio. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Tim Webster replaces Bob Rogers and Chris Kearns goes live at nights on 2CH". Radioinfo. 21 January 2019. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. ^ Tay, Liz (29 October 2013). "CHEAT SHEET: What You Should Know About Sydney's Top Private Schools". Business Insider Australia. Archived from the original on 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  12. ^ Johnstone, Toby (29 October 2013). "Lawyer buys $710,000 city unit to set up son, 5, on ground floor of property market". Domain. Archived from the original on 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ Webster, Tim (11 March 2013). "Cancer doesn't worry about age". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  14. ^ Nauman, Zoe (22 September 2012). "Presenter Webster feared for his life". The Sunday Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  15. ^ Parajo, Maria Angela (13 June 2017). "Tim Webster: Life after cancer". WYZA. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
Preceded by
John Mangos
10 News First Sydney
Presenter with Katrina Lee

Succeeded by
Ron Wilson
Preceded by
Sports Tonight

Succeeded by
Ryan Phelan
Preceded by
Ron Wilson
10 News First Perth
Presenter with Charmaine Dragun

Succeeded by
Webster solo
Preceded by
with Charmaine Dragun
10 News First Perth

Succeeded by
Narelda Jacobs
Preceded by
Ten Evening News
Weeknight Sydney sport presenter

24 January 2011 – 1 April 2011
Succeeded by
6.30 with George Negus
Preceded by
10 News First Sydney
Sydney sport presenter

Succeeded by
Brad McEwan