• Hosts of The Point, Rachael Hocking and John-Paul Janke . (NITV)Source: NITV
From Beagle Bay to Botany Bay - The Point takes you to the true heart of Australia.
NITV Staff Writer

26 Feb 2020 - 2:19 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2020 - 2:19 PM

In a first for NITV’s flagship news and current affairs program The Point, co-hosts Rachael Hocking and John Paul Janke will travel to a different regional town each month to experience the locals love of country, their community spirit and challenges they face from overcoming historical events to achieving future ambitions.

Now in its 6th season, The Point will broadcast live, one week a month, from the heart of Australia’s Indigenous communities to explore their unique challenges and celebrate their strengths.

Returning on 4th March, Hocking and Janke will be joined by veteran broadcaster Ryan Liddle, STEM personality Rae Johnston and NITV News’s Natalie Ahmat to host a mix of live community-based episodes and studio programs. The weekly, hour-long panel show will include a dynamic line up of commentators, innovators, community leaders, high-profile personalities and entertainers.

Supported by NITV’s nationwide team of reporters and correspondents, The Point will seek to shine a light on the issues impacting regional and remote Australia through the stories and experiences of those who live there including celebrating the unsung heroes and the true history of their homelands.

As Australia swings into commemorations of Cook’s fateful landing at Botany Bay 250 years ago, The Point will continue to provide a forum for considered analysis, challenging opinions, agenda-setting interviews and, above all, Indigenous perspectives.

NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman, said: “We can’t wait to take The Point on the road, and see what stories we can bring to light for our viewers around the country.

“Following suggestions from our audience, we decided there was no better way to bring the issues that matter to our mob than to head out to where these stories were born.”

Co-host, John Paul Janke, said: “Rach and I are counting down the days until we can get out on the road and meet with members of community.

“As always, we want to bring these stories to the forefront of the media landscape, and what better way to do this then to head to the land where they are taking place.”

Co-host, Rachael Hocking, said: “We’re looking forward to debuting our new format, and to head straight to the heart of the news stories currently affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“This season, we look forward to once again disrupting mainstream media with stories and investigations told our way.”


Watch The Point on Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm from 4 March on NITV. 

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