ABC shift: Trioli to AM; Eastley to News 24. ABC News Breakfast co-host and former Fairfax journalist Virginia Trioli will replace longtime presenter Tony Eastley as the host of ABC radio's current affairs program AM this year. Eastley, who has hosted AM for 10 years, is moving to a senior presenter role on News 24. Trioli, formerly of The Age and ABC 702 Sydney, will return to the harbour city from Melbourne. AM, which airs on Radio National and almost 60 local stations weekday mornings, has a large audience and is considered one of the ABC's most important radio programs. The ABC has not yet announced who will share the News Breakfast couch with Trioli's current co-host Michael Rowland.
Morrison's epic task. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has told News Corp he will personally cancel the visas of foreign-born "undesirable residents" (shorthand for those who do not comply with Australian laws). But that's not the full story. Immigration ministers have always had the power to either grant or cancel visas, and these decisions are exempt from a review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. One immigration lawyer who spoke to Crikey said the denial of visas based on a person’s character -- for example, if he or she poses a risk to society -- is quite common.