Uhlmann, who has been political editor for 7.30, has been with ABC’s Canberra unit for 8 years and will report across all ABC broadcast and digital outlets.
ABC Head of Newsgathering Craig McMurtrie said: “This is a crucial on-air role and Chris is uniquely suited for it.
“A Walkley Award-winning political journalist, Chris has been a reporter and presenter for our flagship AM and 7.30 programs and a regular contributor to other ABC News outlets.
“Along with the AM team, he championed a new approach last year, presenting the agenda-setting morning program from our Canberra Parliament House Bureau. It has been highly successful.”
Uhlmann added: “I have been part of the ABC’s Canberra-based political coverage, in many roles, for eight years. I am blessed to work with journalists who personify the integrity and experience that makes the national broadcaster the most trusted brand in news.
“It is a privilege to be asked to step into this leadership role in Parliament House. I look forward to working with the bureau chief, Gillian Bradford, and my colleagues on what looms as another fascinating year in federal politics.”