Today marks the final day at Nine for veteran journalist Laurie Oakes, ending more than 50 years in the media.
Canberra turned on a two-part farewell this week with an event in Parliament House on Wednesday night and then another at Ottoman restaurant last night.
Mediaweek reports the Wednesday night gathering was a press gallery farewell for their most esteemed member with a guest list that included Canberra gallery colleagues and members of parliament, which included appearances from prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten.
On Thursday night Oakes was farewelled by his Nine Network colleagues. Guests included Nine’s head of news and current affairs Darren Wick, Sydney newsreader Peter Overton, Sydney news director Simon Hobbs, Melbourne news director Hugh Nailon, former Canberra colleague and now head of 60 Minutes, Kirsty Thomson, Nine News and Today show contributor Ross Greenwood, reporter Chris O’Keefe plus most of Nine’s reporters and producers from its Canberra bureau.