• NITV's The Point 2018 with new hosts John Paul "JP" Jenke (L) and Rachel Hocking. (Ryan Stuart)Source: Ryan Stuart
NITV's news and current affairs program, The Point returns for 2018.
NITV Staff Writers

The Point
12 Mar 2018 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2018 - 4:07 PM

In 2018, NITV’s flagship news and current affairs program The Point will return to screens, with new hosts and a special weekly one-hour issues-based panel show. 

Now in its fourth season, NITV is proud to announce that social commentator John Paul "JP" Janke and dynamic investigative journalist Rachael Hocking will take the reins of The Point this year.

Kicking off from Thursday, 22 March, each week new hosts Rachael and JP will be joined by key commentators and high-profile talent to wrestle with the stories and issues impacting First Australians.

Pieces from The Point
Teaching the teacher: How the mob in Maningrida have stopped the revolving door of teachers in their community through culture
Research suggests that as many as 50 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Numbers in remote and regional communities can be even higher. Now, a remote community in the Northern Territory is tackling the problem with a new induction program that gives teachers more insight into the community’s rich culture and history.
Jacqui Lambie: From pushing for Indigenous representation to searching for her own heritage
After almost four years in the Upper House, controversial Senator Jacqui Lambie has secured her position in the Parliament. Today, she is part of the group of Indigenous politicians that make up the most representation we've ever seen. And she says she hopes to see more...
Indigenous Diggers fought on two fronts: For their country and for respect
Countless First Nations men and women have served our country in wars. But unlike non-Indigenous soldiers, their battle continued when they returned home. They went from fighting for this country to fighting for the same rights as their fellow soldiers. Now, an exhibition has travelled from Canberra to Darwin to shed light on their fight.

With a network of correspondents and contributors across the country, The Point will continue to deliver agenda setting original journalism, special investigations and the latest news. A line up of regular guests will explore consumer affairs, social media, the arts, science and technology as well as music, comedy and celebrity interviews.

NITV’s Karla Grant, Natalie Ahmat, Ryan Liddle and Kris Flanders also return in 2018, with correspondents Nakari Thorpe (Canberra), Madeline Hayman-Reber (Melbourne), Ella Archibald- Binge (Brisbane), Elliana Lawford (Darwin) and Rangi Hirini (Perth), making sure that a diverse range of Indigenous voices are heard.  

Channel Manager for NITV, Tanya Orman said,

“As NITV welcomes a new season of The Point in 2018, we have again evolved and responded to our viewers. The result is a new punchy weekly format, led by our wonderful co-hosts John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking, covering hugely important issues to our community and in-depth conversations with fascinating, well-known figures, all encapsulated into an hour-long episode. This season of The Point is not to be missed.”


Watch The Point on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm from 22 March on NITV (Ch. 34).

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