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EVA MILIC RE­FLECTS ON THE 20 YEAR HIS­TORY OF NINE GOLD COAST NEWS

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Eva Milic has seen a lot in her 12 years at Chan­nel Nine. The week­day pre­sen­ter for Nine News Queens­land, Milic, a for­mer Gold Coast lo­cal, says the me­dia land­scape has changed.

Hav­ing cut her teeth straight out of univer­sity as a free­lance reporter with the Gold Coast bureau, Milic says the driv­ing force for change within the in­dus­try is peo­ple’s ap­petite for news.

“When I started, live crosses were a rar­ity – but th­ese days you are live all day,” she says.

“It’s be­cause peo­ple want news as it is hap­pen­ing. It’s so thrilling.

“When I started I re­mem­ber be­ing so ner­vous for the live el­e­ment be­cause it was so rare.

“It’s still an ex­cit­ing el­e­ment – I still am a lit­tle ner­vous be­fore the bulletin – but I have worked to har­ness my nerves.”

To­mor­row she will join past and present Nine Gold Coast News col­leges in cel­e­brat­ing 20 years since the bureau aired its first bulletin.

TV per­son­al­i­ties Leila McKin­non, Karl Ste­fanovic and Natalie Gru­zlewski are some of the other well-known faces who launched there ca­reers there.

“There’s def­i­nitely some­thing in the wa­ter up here,” Milic says.

“The Gold Coast has al­ways gen­er­ated so much news and as a journo you cover big sto­ries and a myr­iad of sto­ries.

“You aren’t stuck on just one round, so it’s a great place to learn your craft.

“No won­der Queens­land jour­nal­ists are get­ting snapped up ev­ery­where.”

Milic says one of her most “quintessen­tially Gold Coast” mem­o­ries was track­ing Mi­ga­loo, the fa­mous white hump­back whale.

“Mi­ga­loo is such a hero in this part of the world,” she says. “We were on the hunt for him on our whale watch­ing boat, and we spot­ted him. It was re­ally fan­tas­tic.”

Milic says she is look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up with some of the Gold Coast crew to­mor­row.

“Ev­ery­one is com­ing … it’s like a big re­union for me.”

Nine Gold Coast News bureau man­ager and chief of staff Rod Power says there are many decades of ex­pe­ri­ence within the walls of the Gold Coast bureau.

“The Gold Coast of­fice has been and will re­main a won­der­ful train­ing ground for jour­nal­ists,” Power says. “I am ex­tremely proud of what the team achieves day af­ter day.”

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Car­rie-Anne Greenbank and Eva Milic pre­pare for the Gold Coast re­union.

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