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Jim Waley (born 1947 or 1948) is an Australian television presenter best known for his work on the Nine Network, an Australian television network.

In 1981, Waley was appointed founding presenter of Sunday. In 1986 was invited to be founding presenter of the network's business and finance program Business Sunday.

He hosted Sydney Extra, a news-based program for Sydneysiders, in 1992 and later that year was appointed presenter/reporter for Nightline, the nightly 30-minute late-night news program seen nationally.

Widely regarded as the newsreader with the most credibility and gravitas, Waley worked in the studio and in the field during his years at the Sunday Program. For example, in March 1998, he went on the trail of Saddam Hussein's hidden fortune, a journey that took him to Switzerland and a confrontation at the home of Saddam's private banker. The report won the gold medal for Best Special Report at the New York Festivals.

Other foreign assignments included Waley's coverage from Sarajevo in 1998 and reporting breaking news in Washington of the growing political storm engulfing U.S. President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Waley also went on assignment to Nepal and the United States to profile the inspirational Tom Whittaker who, with an artificial leg, climbed to the top of the world, Mount Everest.

On 2 December 2002, Waley replaced the Nine Network's Brian Henderson to present National Nine News in Sydney.[1] He served in this role for two years after which the Nine Network began to experience serious ratings and management problems for the first time in 20 years, despite the fact National Nine News was the top rating news service in Sydney. In 2004, ratings dropped off, mainly due to the relaunch of National Nine News' rival Seven News. The Nine news service only won 27 of a possible 40 weeks. A settlement was reached and Waley retired early from his contract. He was replaced by Mark Ferguson in early 2005.[2]

In October 2007, Waley was at a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nightline program. After the axing of the Clive Robertson late night news program in 1987, Waley moved into the timeslot and hosted the first version of Nightline called "The World Tonight". This first version focussed exclusively on international news. At the 20th anniversary lunch, Waley said he had plans to return to the media in the near future.

On May 9 2009 Sky News announced that Waley had joined the 24 hour news channel to present a new nightly news bulletin called Sky National News with Jim Waley.[3] The new bulletin premiered on June 29 2009 at 6:00pm (AEST).

Preceded by
Originator
Sunday Host
1981 – 2002
Succeeded by
Jana Wendt
Preceded by
Originator
Nightline anchor
1993–2000
Succeeded by
Hugh Riminton
Preceded by
Brian Henderson
National Nine News Sydney anchor
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Mark Ferguson
Preceded by
John Mangos and Vanessa Trezise
Sky National News anchor
June 2009 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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