A firm Seven newsreader Chris Bath today appeared on 2UE and responded to the changing landscape in Sydney news.
Bath said she had been assured she will be taking the reins of the coveted Seven News desk when Ian Ross retires, expected to be at the end of the year.
“When Roscoe retires I am taking over Monday to Friday … and Fergo will be doing weekends. That’s the plan,” Bath told Steve Price today.
“That’s what I’ve been told. I have no reason to disbelieve David Leckie , Peter Meakin or Chris Willis.”
News boss Peter Meakin is yet to say as much publicly, quoted only as saying:
“Bathie was half expecting to do it this year and may get the gig next year. But who knows?
“We’re not sure exactly when Roscoe will go: it’s up to him and he enjoys the job.”
Media commentators have recalled that Meakin was never a big fan of Ferguson whilst he was at Nine, until Ian Ross looked set to depart. Now can he resist pitting Nine’s former newsreader against its current one, Peter Overton, at the expense of Bath? It would also leave him with a male anchor in weeknight news.
Ironically after Nine’s disruption in news this year, attention will next turn to watching how Seven handles such a transition.
If Bath doesn’t get the gig she assures us she is promised, would viewers then consider Seven as contemptuously as they did Nine’s dumping of Ferguson?