Charles Croucher was today announced as Chief Political Editor for 9News.
Stepping into what is one of the most sought after roles in Australian media, Charles replaces the outgoing Chris Uhlmann, who recently announced he would be retiring at the end of this year.
It is a role that was made famous by the legendary Laurie Oakes.
Darren Wick, Director of News and Current Affairs for Nine, said: “The most important reporting role at Nine is the Chief Political Editor in Canberra. We’ve built the reputation of 9News around excellent journalism and fearless commentary from Laurie Oakes and Chris Uhlmann. Charles Croucher is a brilliant political reporter and analyst. We’re very excited about the leadership he will bring to our dedicated team covering the Federal Parliament. This is a new era for 9News. We’re at a turning point in history as Australia defines its place in the world and our region where alliances are rapidly changing. Charles has excelled at every challenge throughout his career at Nine. He is the best person to break down the complicated language of politics and cut through the spin. Charles will show our viewers what’s really going on at all levels of government. His commitment and appetite for hard work are infectious. We can’t wait to get him started.”
Charles Croucher said: “When I first arrived at Parliament House, I counted the steps between my desk and Laurie’s. I was so lucky to be able to watch and learn from the absolute best. It’s a huge honour and challenge to follow in the footsteps of Laurie and Chris, but I’ll be helped by a remarkable team of reporters and camera crews. I’m excited to now help lead a very talented team, telling some of the most important stories impacting Australians during these challenging times.”