Mark Davis, who shared the presenting role with Yalda Hakim for the past two years, will continue to present on occasions but will be spending more time travelling on assignment. Hakim joined BBC World News in December.
Rao has spent 17 years in journalism including hosting the CNN’s weekday breakfast program as well as Talk Asia. She previously worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.
Paul Cutler, SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “Anjali is a unique and exceptionally talented journalist and presenter. She comes to Dateline with a wealth of experience from around the world and is a great fit for SBS. We’re delighted to have her on board.”
Peter Charley, Executive Producer of Dateline, added: “Anjali’s honest and engaging approach is a great addition to Dateline. Throughout her impressive career she’s shown she can tackle the toughest interviews and breaking international stories with professionalism and class, and we’re looking forward to the new dimension she’ll bring to the program.”
Rao added, “Dateline has a unique approach, delivering honest and compelling journalism covering important stories from around the world that many others would not. To have the opportunity to be a part of such a distinguished program, and follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s most respected journalists, is incredibly exciting.”
Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Australia. Locally she has appeared as a panelist on The Project on Channel Ten, and also as a host on Sydney’s 2UE radio station.
During her career Anjali has interviewed some of the world’s highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, tennis star Roger Federer, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. She has also covered numerous breaking news events such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Dateline returns Tuesday 12 February, 9.30pm on SBS ONE.