The Newsreader

The BEST episodes of The Newsreader

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The Newsreader is set in the maelstrom of a commercial television newsroom in 1986. Dale Jennings is a diligent young reporter who is desperate to become a newsreader and Helen Norville is a notoriously 'difficult' star newsreader determined to build credibility. Over three months, the pair cover an extraordinary chain of news events from the shock of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, to the hype of Halley's Comet and the complexities of the AIDS crisis. A deep bond is formed that will upend their lives and transform the very fabric of the nightly news bulletin.

Last Updated: 5/27/2022Network: ABC (AU)
41 votes

#1 - Meltdown

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/19/2021

While Helen is still reeling after Dale's revelation, reports emerge of a nuclear accident in Chernobyl. In the face of great fear and uncertainty, the pair must confront who they really are to each other, and to themselves.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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Three, Two, One…
67 votes

#2 - Three, Two, One…

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/15/2021

In 1986, ambitious reporter Dale dreams of landing the most prized role on commercial TV: newsreader. But Helen, the network’s first female newsreader, struggles against her reputation as ‘difficult’. When their personal and professional lives collide, Dale and Helen embark on a fragile new alliance. Their first job together seems simple enough—cover the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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A Step Closer to the Madness
48 votes

#3 - A Step Closer to the Madness

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/5/2021

Helen is deeply apprehensive about meeting Dale’s mother, while Dale gets lumbered with Royal Wedding puff pieces. But their everyday concerns are thrown aside when a bomb goes off on Russell Street.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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A White Marquis Matinee Jacket
47 votes

#4 - A White Marquis Matinee Jacket

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/29/2021

When news breaks of Lindy Chamberlain’s imminent release from prison, Helen, Dale and cameraman Tim fly to Darwin. But they’ll face fierce competition as they fight to land the “interview of the century”.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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No More Lies
49 votes

#5 - No More Lies

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/12/2021

Dale's career and his relationship with Helen couldn't be any better, until his prized interview with an HIV-positive mother goes horribly wrong. In the eye of a media storm, buried secrets comes to light.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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Once in a Lifetime
54 votes

#6 - Once in a Lifetime

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/22/2021

Helen and Dale's new alliance has become the talk of the office as they cover the much-hyped return of Halley's Comet. The closer Dale draws to Helen, the more he finds himself thrust into the spotlight.

Directors: Emma Freeman
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