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

Nine  has appointed ABC’s Chris Uhlmann as the network’s chief political editor.

It comes a month after Nine’s longstanding political editor, Laurie Oakes, confirmed his retirement after 33 years in the role.

Uhlmann has big shoes to fill as he replaces Laurie Oakes

A Walkley Award winner, Uhlmann took the role of political editor of ABC News in February 2015. He joined the ABC as a radio producer from the Canberra Times in 1998 and has worked on ABC News, ABC News 24, and co-hosted the 7:30 current affairs program.

More recently, he received worldwide recognition for his analysis of US President, Donald Trump, and was heavily involved in the debate on renewable energy in South Australia.

Darren Wick, director of news & current affairs at Nine said Uhlmann had the “integrity”, “talent,” and “hunger.”

“Chris is the right man to take on this responsibility and lead Nine into a new era, where unprecedented technological change has forced the rewriting of the rule book about how we deliver news and current affairs,” Wick said.

Uhlmann added:“It is a rare privilege to be asked to lead the national political coverage on the network which opened the door on television for Australians.

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

He commences with Nine in October.

Last week, Guy Rundle, Crickey’s correspondent-at-large, called for Uhlmann to be dumped for his job at the ABC.

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