Arguably the most respected television journalist in the country, Nine’s Laurie Oakes, has announced his retirement after a 52 year career.
Oakes decision to retire was announced on 9news.com.au yesterday. You can read the full article, including his favourite stores and least favourite prime minister here.
“To pinch an election slogan – it’s time,” Oakes said of his decision to hang up the microphone.
“I’ve been reporting politics since 1965. I’ve been in the Canberra Press Gallery for 48 and a half years.
“I’ve been the Nine Network’s political editor since December the 1st, 1984 – the day of that year’s federal election. And I’m about to turn 74.”
“It’s an addiction,” he said of his love for journalism.
“But now I’ll be able to devote more time to reading crime fiction.
“That will be my equivalent of a methadone program,” he said.