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