Andrew Lofthouse

Andrew Lofthouse (born 1962 or 1963)[1] is a television and radio newsreader based in Brisbane, Australia. The English-born former teacher is the weeknight presenter of Nine News Queensland with Melissa Downes, having previously presented on weekends. Prior to working at Nine News, he presented the weekday evening news bulletin of ABC News Queensland, as well as reading the news on the 612 ABC Brisbane radio station on weekday afternoons.

Lofthouse started his broadcasting career at a community radio station on the Gold Coast and began working for ABC Radio (in Rockhampton) in 1990. He moved to ABC Radio Brisbane (then called 612 4QR, now 612 ABC Brisbane) at the end of 1993. In 2003, he began working on ABC television (whilst also reading ABC Radio news bulletins).[2]

In 2003 Andrew Lofthouse was named the 2003 "Queensland TV Personality of the Year" in an online poll conducted by 612 ABC Brisbane.

Lofthouse is also a musician with the alternative rock band Let's Go Naked which has appeared in concerts in Brisbane and recently released an album, Insides.[2]

In November 2008, Lofthouse departed from ABC News, and joined the Nine News Queensland team from early 2009 as presenter of the weekend news bulletin,[3] replacing Melissa Downes who moved to weeknight presenting. He presented his last ABC News bulletin on 28 November 2008.[4] From 2009, Lofthouse began presenting on weekends with Eva Milic.

In June 2009, Lofthouse took over from Bruce Paige as weeknight presenter of Nine News Queensland, joining Downes on the desk. After several years in the ratings wilderness, together they would take the bulletin back to the top of the local ratings by 2013.[5]


  1. "Andrew Lofthouse". Caboolture State High School. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. Hickey, Neil (27 September 2007). "Not the seven o'clock news". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  3. Spencer Howson. "Lofty says goodbye to Aunty after 18 years". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  4. ABC News Queensland (Television programme). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2008.
  5. Knox, David (19 November 2013). "Nail biter in Brisbane news battle". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
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Preceded by
Rod Young
ABC News Queensland
Weeknight presenter

2002 December 2008
Succeeded by
David Curnow
Preceded by
Melissa Downes
Nine News Queensland
Weekend presenter
with Eva Milic

January 2009 June 2009
Succeeded by
Heather Foord
Preceded by
Bruce Paige
Nine News Queensland
Weeknight presenter
with Melissa Downes

June 2009 present
Succeeded by

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