The ABC’s Chris Uhlmann Defects To Channel Nine

The ABC’s Chris Uhlmann Defects To Channel Nine

The ABC’s political editor Chris Uhlmann is switching to the commercials, with news today of his defection to Channel Nine.

Uhlmann is set to replace the retiring Laurie Oakes.

In a statement, Nine described the recruitment of Uhlmann as “a new era” in its news coverage. “He is a man of integrity, talent and possesses the hunger that drives the truly great reporters,” it said.

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

However, he added he left the national broadcaster with a “heavy heart”.

“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,” Uhlmann said.

“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.

“I will not be a commentator on what you do but I will be avidly watching and listening,” he said.

Uhlmann has been at the ABC for almost two decades and will join Nine in October.


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