ABC’s Chris Uhlmann has been appointed the new Chief Political Editor for Nine.
Uhlmann’s named had been tipped as one of several potential candidates, following the retirement of Laurie Oakes.
Uhlmann joined ABC in 1998, becoming 7:30‘s political editor in 2008 for 5 years, followed by ABC News political editor from 2015.
Darren Wick, Director of News & Current Affairs for Nine, said: “Chris is the right man to take on this responsibility and lead Nine into a new era, where unprecedented technological change has forced the rewriting of the rule book about how we deliver news and current affairs. He is a man of integrity, talent and possesses the hunger that drives the truly great reporters.”
Chris Uhlmann said: “It is a rare privilege to be asked to lead the national political coverage on the network which opened the door on television for Australians. I am joining Nine because of its long and proud news culture and I am excited by the prospect of continuing the tradition.
“It is hard to leave the ABC. I do it with a heavy heart and a profound sense of gratitude. I go simply because I am seeking another challenge and believe that the time is right.
“The ABC is a national treasure. It has given me opportunities I never dared dream of, is home to some of the best journalists in the world and many of my best friends. I have not forgotten that the ABC took a risk appointing me to Parliament in 2006 and remember what I said at the end of my (second) interview: ‘I promise I won’t let you down.’ I have tried to honour my side of that pledge and know the ABC has honoured its end of the bargain.
“The roll of those I need to thank is too long for here, so I simply say I have learned something from all of you, will miss you, and I will be in touch. I will not be a commentator on what you do but I will be avidly watching and listening. Godspeed.”
ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said: “Chris has made a huge contribution not only to the ABC but to Australian political journalism. He leaves with our warmest and highest regards and very best wishes for his future endeavours.
“Chris leaves the political coverage team in outstanding shape. It is a critical time in politics, at home and abroad, and our team has never been more strongly positioned to deliver the news, analysis and context Australians need in order to fully understand the issues and how they affect all of our lives.
“The ABC has always been home to the nation’s most authoritative and comprehensive political reporting, and we are currently working on plans to further extend our coverage and make it even more relevant and useful to our audiences.”
He begins in October.