It’s been a jam-packed and ex­hil­a­rat­ing year for Amanda Abate and her news­room col­leagues dur­ing Chan­nel 7 News Gold Coast’s first 12 months

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - SALLY COATES

Happy birth­day to Chan­nel 7 News Gold Coast who of­fi­cially turned one this week, and to cel­e­brate we talk to Amanda Abate, who went from hand­ing out free milks from the SeaFM Sea Cruiser to com­mand­ing the week­end airwaves. out. It was just squeaks – I just couldn’t get sen­tences out. And at the time I apol­o­gised to view­ers but I don’t think they would have been able to un­der­stand what I was say­ing. What do you do in that sit­u­a­tion? There was no­body on standby. At the time I was a ner­vous wreck, think­ing this is a dis­as­ter, but we got through it and ev­ery­one was re­ally sup­port­ive. My voice was per­fect the next day but I guess it just had to get that one in. we know the park. That was one that re­ally rocked me – and still does. That one was in­cred­i­bly tough for ev­ery­one in­volved. I guess I was ner­vous too be­cause I wanted to do it right, be sen­si­tive and ac­cu­rate. There was a lot of pres­sure to do it right and re­spect the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies but in a way where you get the in­for­ma­tion out too.

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