EVA MILIC REFLECTS ON THE 20 YEAR HISTORY OF NINE GOLD COAST NEWS
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.”
Carrie-Anne Greenbank and Eva Milic prepare for the Gold Coast reunion.