MPC elects new president

ABC Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland is the new president of the Melbourne Press Club.

The Club's committee unanimously elected Michael at a meeting on Wednesday, 26 February.

He succeeds Mark Baker who has stepped down after three years as president to become the Club's inaugural chief executive officer.

"It is an honour to be chosen to lead the Melbourne Press Club which, 41 years after its establishment, is undergoing a period of major growth, "Michael said.

The committee also conferred Life Membership of the Club on Mark Baker and Minter Ellison partner Peter Bartlett, who was a vice president and committee member for 13 years.