ABC’s Chris Uhlmann to replace Laurie Oakes on Channel Nine

Canberra’s own internet sensation Chris Uhlmann is joining Channel Nine. Photo: Andrew MearesThe ABC’s political editor Chris Uhlmann is taking up a new role with Channel Nine.


Uhlmann will replace Laurie Oakes, who retired this month.

Nine’s head of news and current affairs Darren Wick said in a statement the broadcaster would help lead Nine’s political coverage “into a new era”.

“He is a man of integrity, talent and possesses the hunger that drives the truly great reporters,” he said.

Uhlmann said in a statement that replacing Laurie Oakes was a “rare privilege”.

“I am joining Nine because of its long and proud news culture and I am excited by the prospect of continuing the tradition,” he said.

The appointment is effective from October. Uhlmann joined the ABC in 1998, and has been political editor since 2015.

The Walkley Award winner’s “scathing” analysis of Donald Trump at this year’s G20 summit made headlines around the world, particularly in the United States.

In a farewell message to his ABC colleagues, Uhlmann said he was leaving the public broadcaster with a “heavy heart” but it was time to seek another challenge.

“The ABC is a national treasure,” he said. “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.”

In an all-staff email, the ABC’s director of news, Gaven Morris, said 7.30 correspondent Andrew Probyn would become the public broadcaster’s political editor from Monday.

Lateline reporter David Lipson, meanwhile, will fill in for Probyn on 7.30.

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