Nine sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe announces retirement

Nine Network sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe has announced his retirement from full-time news reading and presenting at the end of this year.ken-sutcliffe-entertainment-bureau-620x400

Sutcliffe made the announcement during last night’s Nine News Sydney bulletin, citing a desire to spend more time with family and opportunity to travel as the key factors in his decision.

“I have always said you retire while they still want you and that’s the case at Nine. I have worked with and alongside some of the giants of Australian television, including Brian Henderson, Graham Kennedy and Ray Warren,” he said.

“After 50 years of broadcasting it’s time for new challenges which I am looking forward to, including living in Mudgee and travelling with my wife, Anne.”

Peter Overton praised Sutcliffe for his contribution to Australian television.

“I will miss his warmth, friendship, sparkling smile and laugh, as will the millions who have got to know Ken so well over the decades via their TVs. Ken is a rolled-gold Australian television legend.”

Nine has left the door open to Sutcliffe should he wish to appear across any news or sports programming.

“Nine has left the door open for me to return from time to time, which I appreciate. Also, working with Peter Overton, a dear friend, has been a joy,” Sutcliffe said.

Replacing Sutcliffe on the Sydney Nine News desk alongside Overton and Georgie Gardner will be sports presenter Cameron Williams who will assume the role of sports editor.

Williams said: “It was an easy decision to rejoin the best news and sports team in the business.

 “Like anyone who loves sport and TV I was saddened to hear Ken is calling time on his wonderful career. We have spoken at length and he was as kind and encouraging as he was the first day we met. 

 “It’s an honour to be asked to sit in his chair alongside Pete Overton five nights a week and continue a tradition of breaking news to Nine viewers.”


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