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Mel McLaughlin ‘at home’ in new Channel Seven role

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Mel McLaughlin says she is looking forward to reading news again in her new position at Channel Seven.

McLaughlin’s switch to Seven from Network Ten was confirmed over the Easter period, with the 36-year-old to read sports news in Sydney five nights a week.

The presenter will sit alongside host Mark Ferguson and weather man David Brown at the desk from Sunday to Thursday, making her first appearance on April 3.

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“You don’t know what to expect, but I couldn’t have felt more welcomed and at home,” McLaughlin told the Daily Telegraph after her first day at the studios.

“Mark (Ferguson) and I got along really well.

“It takes a little while getting back into news reading but it’s something very familiar to me.”

Seven Network’s director of news and public affairs, Craig McPherson, said: “Mel has sport running through her blood.

“From Rugby League, cricket, of course soccer and everything in between, she lives and breathes it.

“Born and bred in Quakers Hill, Mel has covered many sporting events on the world stage and her extensive local knowledge across all of Sydney’s sporting codes will add many extra layers to what is the sports team in the business.”

In the re-shuffle, Jim Wilson has been appointed to lead Seven News Sydney’s sports team.

He will also read the sport on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as the station’s afternoon news.

Channel Seven were tight-lipped on whether McLaughlin’s role would involve any part of their 2016 Olympics coverage, which was rumoured last month.

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