Veteran Adelaide newsreader Rob Kelvin to retire

Veteran Adelaide newsreader Rob Kelvin will retire from Channel Nine at the end of the year.

To most viewers in Adelaide, Kelvin is quite simply the face of television news. He has been fronting the bulletin since 1983.

But the bulletin on December 31st will be his last.

From January 3rd he will be replaced by Kate Collins, who recently replaced him during long service leave, and Michael Smyth.

“I’ve just had three months off which has been a fair sort of dress rehearsal for retirement,” he told the Sunday Mail.

“I guess first and foremost the reason is that I’m 66 years of age.

“For some years I’ve had 65 as a rough target and a couple of years ago I spoke to Tony (Agars, Adelaide’s Nine News director) and said I might pull stumps at 65, he said, ‘ooh, can you hang on?’.

Kelvin started at Nine in 1979, first as sports editor and presenter. His first News bulletin was in 1983 alongside Caroline Ainslie before he began a 20-year reading partnership with Kevin Crease in 1987.

Most tragically during that time he lost his 15-year-old son Richard in a series of murders which rocked the city. In 2007 he was forced to present another tough story, the death of colleague Kevin Crease from cancer at the age of 70. He read the intro next to an empty chair, with Crease’s jacket hanging on the back.

Kelvin’s association with Nine will continue, although he has not revealed in what capacity.

“I don’t think I’m going to miss it,” he said. “As for not doing it, I don’t know, 30 years is probably enough.”

Source: Adelaide Now


  1. I would like to wish Rob Kelvin all the very best for his future retirement, he will be greatly missed by all the Adelaide viewers of channel 9 news, I myself have been watching for well over 20 years, he is a professional at all times and a gentleman, it certainly will be an end of an era, the Kelvin & Crease duo were special. It would be nice if we could see him from time to time in some capacity in the media. Well done Rob, good luck.

  2. We would like to thank Rob for his time on the news. Its quite funny to look at Rob is like looking at my Father and my Uncle. Rob Kelvin is my cousin through my Fathers side and to see the Brown in him is really good.Thank you Rob for all the years. You will be missed.

    Tracy Brown

  3. I remember Rob Kelvin, when I was growing up in Adelaide there was only one News service that mattered, Nine News with Kevin Crease & Rob Kelvin. They’re the only team that mattered.

    I’m going to miss them both.

  4. Hard to believe that now Rob Kelvin will be gone from the air… Just wont be the same. Rob Kelvin and Kevin Crease were a great team. Both great Port Adelaide supporters, too.

  5. When they say retiring veteran news presenters will remain with the network doesn’t it usually mean they become the tertiary/ fill-in presenter a la Nine Queensland’s Bruce Paige?

  6. Rob Kelvin and Kevin Crease made a great team. Will be a end of an era when Rob leaves. I suspect he will probably pop up on Postcards or some other local Nine productions that air on weekend afternoons.

  7. Having grown up in Adelaide, I grew up watching Rob Kelvin and Kevin Crease. I have great fondness of them both, they made me want to be come a journalist. Rob would be sadly missed but I hope Nine can send him off with a big bang for his contribution towards the news in Adelaide.

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