In the 2018 festival season, the next generation of aspiring news readers and radio announcers competed with articulation and skill on Sunday 2 September. Two events took place on the day at Fine Music FM 102.5 studios in St Leonards, the first for entrants aged 14 years and under and the second for those in the 15-19 years age group.
Sydney Eisteddfod would like to extend congratulations to Rose Chachko from Bondi, winner of the 2018 News Reading/Radio Announcing (15-18 Years) event. One of the most challenging aspects of being a newsreader is making sure you understand the topics you are discussing and being able to convey this in your delivery. It was evident to the judges that Rose had taken on board previous feedback and stood out as an excellent candidate for a career in radio. Following closely behind Rose, Kai Mashimo was awarded 2nd place and Flynn Dunbavan 3rd place.
In The News Reading/Radio Announcing (14 & Under) event Max Philips from Darlinghurst took out first place. Max's delivery stood out from the crowd as a result of his engaging voice, good diction and pacing, making for an excellent performance overall. 2nd place was awarded to Maeve Cox and 3rd place was awarded to Isabella Devine.
All entrants presented an unprepared script to Fine Music 102.5FM presenters, Howard Pritchard and Michael Morton-Evans, with assistance from Troy Fil, who were all thoroughly impressed with the efforts exhibited by this year's entrants.