Indira Naidoo

Broadcaster Media Presenter, Speaker & MC

Indira Naidoo is one of Australia's most popular broadcasters and during a 20-year journalistic career, has hosted and reported for some of the country's most distinguished news and current affair programs.

She achieved national prominence as the host of the ABC's Late Edition nightly news and as the anchor of SBS TV's award-winning late night news service, World News Tonight, going on to develop a cult following for her less serious appearances on various ABC and SBS light entertainment shows.

For the past four years, Indira has worked as a media spokesperson and strategist for Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE (where she established the SHONKY awards for the worst consumer products - a highly-anticipated annual media event) and as a Geneva-based sustainability communications consultant with the United Nations' trade development arm - The International Trade Centre.

Indira Naidoo's warm, clear presentation style, approachable personality and news background make her an immensely popular MC and much sought-after guest speaker.

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South African-born Indira Naidoo first joined the ABC in Adelaide in 1990 after completing her BA in journalism from the University of South Australia. During her five years in Adelaide Indira covered all major news reporting rounds, presented the weekend news for two years and was fill-in presenter for the state edition of the 7.30 Report and the children's current affairs program Behind the News.

In 1996, Indira moved to the ABC's Sydney newsroom where she presented the National Late Edition News and was a stand-in presenter for the 7pm Weekday, Weekend and World at Noon news bulletins before making the move to SBS.

During her three years as SBS anchor, Indira interviewed a number of world and regional leaders including Sein Finn's Gerry Adams, East Timorese leaders Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos Horta, and former Indonesian President Abdurrahmin Wahid.

Indira has won several awards including the South Australian Justice Administration Award for Best Television coverage for a series of stories on juvenile justice; the Dalgety Award for Excellence in Rural Journalism; the Clear Speech Award (NSW) for the best understood news presenter for the hearing impaired; and the Rotary Club of Australia Citizenship Award for contributions to Reconciliation.

Indira Naidoo developed a cult following for her less serious appearances on the McFeast show, Roy and HG's Club Buggery, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, The Fat and SBS TV's Ashes cricket show Under the Grandstand with Steve Abbot. Indira was also a contestant on the inaugural episode of Celebrity MasterChef.

Indira hosted ABC TV's Feedback from 2002 -06, a program that addressed audience concerns, complaints, compliments and requests relating to the ABC's television, radio and online programming. As spokesperson and media manager for Choice, she was responsible for articulating the views and concerns of consumers on a wide range of issues.

In late 2008, she was co-presenter of the Asian Pacific Screen Awards in late 2008 which was broadcast to 500 million people on CNN, with Australian screen legend Jack Thompson.

In 2009 she was selected from 2000 applicants to be trained by former US President Al Gore as a climate change presenter.

Indira is a member of the International Slow Food Movement and has written on food and sustainability issues for The Sydney Morning Herald and Gourmet Traveller Magazine, and writes the Saucy Onion food blog.

Indira's first book about urban food farming, The Edible Balcony, was published by Lantern Penguin in October 2011.

Client testimonials

Indira was fabulous – confident, relaxed, informed and humorous. Our guests loved her.

Women in Insurance

Indira was both professional and charming in her approach to her presentation. Our audience were delighted with her speech. The audience appreciation was evident by the great number of questions from the floor.

Capital Parkroyal Canberra

Wow… Indira was well received by our guests, with her personality coming through in her presentation, a facet we considered most important.

St Vincent’s Gala Ball

Indira was flawless, MCed with such warmth and engagement and sense of occasion.

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation