A sad farewell to ABC’s Genevieve Jacobs

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AFTER 11 years on air, Genevieve Jacobs has announced this morning (December 6) that she will be leaving ABC Radio Canberra after she was told a month ago that she was no longer required. 

Genevieve Jacobs.
Ms Jacobs, 50, says she is “very sad” about her departure and she’s certainly not retiring, with hopes to continue her work in the community.”I thank you all for your generous friendship and everything we’ve shared on the radio over the past decade. I do love nothing more than a good yarn about a big idea and so many of you have helped make that possible,” Ms Jacobs says. “So it’s over, but I hope not out. It’s been wonderful.”

Ms Jacobs is known for her strong connection with local issues, warm, well-informed interview style, and robust discussions during the fortnightly Chief Minister Talkback segment.

She began her career as a rural journalist working on local and regional papers across the South West Slopes. As a freelance journalist she has written for national gardening and fine arts magazines and was also the ACT and Southern NSW co-ordinator for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme.

Since joining the ABC in 2006, Ms Jacobs has shared her passion for politics and current affairs, history, the arts, the environment, and family issues across weekend and weekday programming.

She has been widely involved in community events in Canberra through community engagement roles. She has also been a panellist for forums including the National Museum’s annual review of the year’s events and has served as a member of the Canberra anti-poverty week steering committee and the Australian Institute of Architects award jury.

Ms Jacobs will present her final Mornings program on Friday, December 15.

Editor at ABC Canberra Michelle Ainsworth says Genevieve has made a terrific contribution to ABC Radio Canberra over the past 11 years.

“She is a highly respected journalist and broadcaster who has presented a number programs and connected deeply with the community over local stories and issues. With Genevieve’s departure from ABC Radio Canberra we’ll take the opportunity to refresh the program in 2018. We wish Genevieve all the best for the future,” Michelle says.

An announcement on ABC Radio Canberra’s 2018 station line-up will be made this afternoon.

ABC Radio Canberra’s ‘refreshed’ new line-up



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  1. Well,this is a B..I..G..mistake,who ever made this decision needed to see how popular this woman is ,The reason I turn on the radio in the mornings is to listen to the lovely Genevieve Jacobs.Seems that the amazing ABC is no longer so amazing.

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