Bill McDonald.

Bill McDonald. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Channel Seven has announced a shake-up of its nightly news programming, bringing in Bill McDonald as a new anchor and rolling out a local version of current affairs flagship Today Tonight.

“It’s a dream come true to be joining Queensland’s number one news team and returning to where my career began,” McDonald said in a network statement issued this morning.

The former Channel Ten newsreader will join Sharyn Ghidella to host 6pm bulletins from Sunday to Thursday.

Ghidella will then front the local version of Today Tonight.

The changes will take effect from tomorrow.

Director of news for the Seven Network Rob Raschke said McDonald and Ghidella were both outstanding journalists who knew the issues that mattered to Queenslanders.

“Seven is devoting more time, resources and effort to covering news and current affairs in Queensland,” said Raschke.

“We’ll work harder than ever to inform people about what’s happening in this great state.”

Nightly news presenters Kay McGrath and Rod Young will stay on, presenting Friday and Saturday night bulletins.

McDonald had been dropping hints via social networking site Twitter for some weeks that he had a new role.

This morning he thanked supporters who congratulated him on the move, and even referenced his own habit of tweeting during ad breaks during news bulletins.

“As always I'm only a Tweet away if u need anything, have feedback (good or bad) or want an issue covered on #7News - even during bulletin.”