A well-respected journalist and presenter with over 15 years of Television to her name, Rebecca Maddern’s role as co-host of the Nine Network’s iconic program, The Footy Show, has taken her profile and talents to a new audience. Teaming with Billy Brownless, Sam Newman and a regular array of AFL stars, Maddern’s football knowledge, vibrant personality and news instincts have brought a new dimension to the long-established program.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT in 1999, Maddern originally worked in radio as a sports reporter for Triple M before presenting news at Fox FM and Nova in Melbourne.Maddern then moved in to TV with the Seven Network. She made an immediate impact on camera, winning a prestigious Quill Award in 2003 for her coverage of Victoria’s bushfires in only her first year of television reporting. This led to roles presenting the 4:30pm nation-wide bulletin and the 6pm Victorian program.
Maddern also appeared regularly as a host and reporter on Seven’s flagship AM programs, Sunrise and The Morning Show. Her versatility saw her cover major news events, sports and entertainment in a wide variety of locations. The 2012 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Australian Open Tennis, the Melbourne Cup, AFL Brownlow Medal and Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal were among the events Maddern was front and centre for as part of Seven’s broadcast.
The Geelong native grew up a Cats supporter and became the club’s Number One Ticket holder in 2011, coinciding with the club’s ninth Premiership. On the eve of the 2016 AFL season, Maddern joined Nine as a member of The Footy Show team, where her all round broadcasting experience has proven to be an asset. Her polish has also been used to effect by a number of organisations as an MC and host for the likes of Myer, RACV, Workcover, ANZ, Vic Health and the AFL. Rebecca recently joined Nine Network’s Ninja Warrior in 2017 as co-host and is set to continue this role through 2018. Maddern brings further excitement and energy to the show, alongside other co-hosts, Freddie Flintoff and Ben Fordham.
A passionate ambassador for the ROCK OFF MND campaign for motor neurone disease. She also supports domestic violence awareness organisation called McAuley Community Services for Women, which runs the only Victorian crisis centre that operates 24 hours, seven days a week.