Nine to re-open London bureau

Nine's LA correspondent Peter Stefanovic will move to the UK to become London Correspondent while Denham Hitchcock moves to LA.

TV Tonight can reveal Nine News is to re-establish its bureau in London after closing it down in September 2008.

LA correspondent Peter Stefanovic will move to the UK to become the London Correspondent while Denham Hitchcock (pictured) moves to LA to work with Robert Penfold.

In a further change, Today‘s Sarah Harris is joining the TCN news team while Ivana Radovic from the TCN Newsroom moves to Today as a producer.

Nine’s Director of News, Mark Calvert, told staff in a memo: “Having a network correspondent working out of London will give a huge boost to our coverage across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Even in the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen what a rich source of stories that patch is: the Cumbria massacre, clashes in the Middle East, Sam Stosur’s run in the French Open – on it goes. In the run-up to a Royal engagement and the 2012 Olympics, our appetite for coverage in the region will only increase.

“Pete will work across Today Show, News and ACA, and do whatever he can to support our colleagues in Sport and at NineMSN.”

In the coming weeks, ACA adds new reporters in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth while a Harris digital news system will soon be up and running in Canberra. QTQ is next in line with GTV to follow at the end of the year in Nine’s new Docklands base.

Former European correspondent James Talia returned to Nine News in Melbourne when the bureau was shut down as a cost-cutting measure.

Seven News European correspondent Adrian Brown is currently at the World Cup, while Danielle Isdale is European Correspondent for TEN News.

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  1. 99% of news from foreign “bureaux” is just revoiced (often not even that) agency and affiliate coverage from Sky, APTN, Reuters, ITN, BBC, CBS, NBC etc., or pinched off-air from a local station (KTLA, KTTV, etc). If any network wants special coverage of anything – e.g. PM Rudd in London – agencies such as APTN can provide special coverage on request. Nothing to be gained from the expense of having a local “bureau”. It’s just a case of “you have one bureau, we have two”.
    @Richard W – Agree. “Matty Johns Show” promo gets 2 minutes so no time for floods killing scores of people in France. Hurry up ABC4 so I don’t have to watch 7 or 9 “news” at all.

  2. Don’t know why Australian commercial channels have news people based in other countries. The 6pm news on 7 and 9 is almost 100% Australian content. World War III could break out and yet Channel 9 would be doing a special report about the real-life Underbelly in Kings Cross blah blah…

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