Hitch to switch to 4 nights a week
Updated: Nine's Peter Hitchener will read bulletins Monday - Thursday, as Tony Jones reveals succeeding him wasn't his priority any longer.
Veteran Nine News Melbourne presenter Peter Hitchener will read bulletins 4 nights a week in 2022.
Nine has confirmed a report in The Australian that next year ‘Hitch’, 75, will read bulletins from Monday – Thursday with Alicia Loxley to read Friday – Sunday bulletins next year.
A source told the newspaper, “He’s won the ratings 10 years in a row. This is a way of extending his career, not shortening it. We want him to do it forever.”
The article speculates that Alicia Loxley is likely to be an “heir apparent” in long-term planning.
Hitch joined Nine in 1973 and took over as chief newsreader in December 1998 when Brian Naylor retired.
He is known for loving his work and engaging with viewers through social media… retirement is not on the cards anytime soon.
On 3AW this morning Tony Jones, whilst filling in for Neil Mitchell, was quizzed on the news and his reaction. But Jones says he realised last year the top job was no longer his top priority.
“I can say this hand on heart …about a year ago -and it wouldn’t be an epiphany or anything like that- I just thought it’s not what I want to do. It’s not where I want to go,” he said.
“The problem was if it had’ve been offered, I would have said, ‘Well, yeah.’ But my heart of hearts told me I wasn’t the person for the job.”
In addition to presenting Sport, Jones covers 3AW shifts for Neil Mitchell, hosts Sunday Footy Show and contributes to Today.
“I thought this is definitely what I want to do. I like this working lifestyle. Having said that, Nine have decided it wasn’t me anyway. So it was all academic!” he continued.
“But the conversation we had.. it could never be more mutual if you tried and can I tell you I will probably retire before Hitch does. ..and if Hitch does retire before me, then I’ll have the pleasure of working alongside three of the best: Brian Naylor, Peter Hitchener and Alicia Loxley who’s a wonderful person and a magnificent news reader.”