Gopalan brings the channel over 10 year's experience in international journalism
including roles with BBC News, CNN and American networks NBC and CNBC. MacDonald
meanwhile joins Al Jazeera International from the UK's Channel 4 News where he
built a career as a news producer and reporter covering a range of international
Al Jazeera International MD Nigel Parsons said, "I
am pleased to confirm our weekend presenters who bring a dynamic approach to news
reporting in keeping with the channel's aim of bringing a fresh perspective on
world news while maintaining the highest journalistic standards."
on the board, are name likes of Sir David Frost, Veronica Pedrosa and Riz Khan.
At the BBC Gopalan worked on daily news and current affairs programmes
such as Hard Talk. Her portfolio included major news stories such as the Iraq
war, the Asian Tsunami, the Bali and London bombings. She also covered the 1997
Hong Kong handover for NBC and at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival interviewed Palm
D'or winner for best actress Maggie Cheung and best director nominee Wong Kar
Wai. Gopalan was the first ethnic Indian newsreader on Hong Kong television.
her on-air career as a sports reporter, Gopalan interviewed some of the biggest
names in the sporting world like tennis stars Steffi Graf, the Williams sisters,
Anna Kournikova, F1 star Jensen Button, and International soccer players including
Gianfranco Zola and Andy Cole.
Gopalan has a truly global background, she
is of Indian origin and was born in Hong Kong. She was also brought up in the
Philippines, educated in North America and spent five years living and working
in London and is fluent in four languages.
MacDonald has covered
major stories at Channel 4 including the Asian Tsunami and the London bombings.
He reported live for Channel 4 and ITV news and reported as an eyewitness for
Australian Networks 9, 7 and ABC.
He began his TV career with WIN
television in Canberra as a politics reporter and presenter. From there he moved
to the UK and freelanced for a short period, before joining the Channel 4 news
team as a producer.
MacDonald trained in journalism at Charles University
in Australia and began his career as a Talk Radio presenter and newsreader on
Radio 2BS Gold. He is the first Australian news anchor to join the Al Jazeera
International news line-up of on-screen talent.