Derryn Hinch signs with Seven Network

By David Knox on September 21, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 11

EXCLUSIVE: Derryn Hinch has signed with the Seven Network.

The broadcaster will appear with Seven News, Sunrise and Sunday Night.

As previously reported, Hinch recently met with Seven execs in Sydney to discuss opportunities. He was recently told his 3AW programme would not be renewed, despite good ratings in his drivetime show.

Hinch will join the Sunday Night reporting team as well as regular appearances for Seven News and Sunrise. But the deal does not include fronting his own half-hour current affair show. Hinch ran on Seven from 1988–1992 before moving to TEN.

Hinch, who ends with 3AW later this year, is set to confirm the news on his drive programme this afternoon.

UPDATE (Press Release):
Hinch will take up a role as National Public Affairs Commentator working across Sunday Night, Seven News and Sunrise.

After successfully recovering from a life-saving liver transplant last year, Hinch says he is looking forward to returning “home” to Seven.

“My doctor says I’ve got a Rolls-Royce liver – and now I’m back at the Rolls-Royce network. I can’t wait to get started,” Hinch said.

“I’ve got a lot of energy, and a lot of ideas and stories I want to pursue. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. In fact she won’t be needed on stage for a long time.”

An opinionated and often provocative journalist, Hinch has worked as a radio host, TV presenter, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and author in a celebrated media career spanning more than 50 years.

Between 1988 and 1992 he also fronted what was then the leading public affairs program in the country, ‘Hinch’, on Channel Seven.

He currently hosts the top-rating drive show for Melbourne’s 3AW radio station, a post that will end in November.

Seven’s Head of News and Public Affairs, Peter Meakin, said: “I have always admired Derryn’s passion and commitment. He is an unapologetic crusader – often controversial, but never boring. We are delighted to welcome him back to Seven and look forward to him making waves.”

Hinch will start work with Seven immediately, appearing on Sunrise on Monday morning.

This story updates.

11 Comments »

  1. Dave September 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm -

    thank god theres widescreen now or they wouldnt have been able to fit all the reporters into the sunday night photo

  2. Sanndy September 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm -

    @ Kenny, watch, wait and see.. Nine has it in the bag!! Hinch will change the Melb news figures, i don’t think so.
    Last night (Friday) in Melb – 7 news 276 thousand.
    9 news Melb – 390 thousand, they won the week by 562 thousand. That is huge!!

  3. Kenny September 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm -

    @DanR – “Good fit for their large 55+ audience”. Er, last week’s ratings for example – Seven won 18-49 and 25-54. May have a “large 55+ audience” but also the largest 18-54 audience!

  4. Sanndy September 22, 2012 at 8:55 am -

    Although i like Derryn, i don’t think his going 2 fix the problem’s 7 News Melb is going through.
    Good luck 2 him and great 2 see he will be on the airways again soon.
    As a 9 News watcher and always have been i wont get 2 see him.
    9 News is The One for our family and seem’s many other’s, the figures 9 News in Melb are getting are just amazing!!
    Through TvTonight i have been able 2 see that 7 News Melb has not won a week for the year.
    Thanks TvTonight!!

  5. Ann September 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm -

    As predicted here on TV Tonight, right on que

  6. James 666 September 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm -

    Seven adding Hinch to “the roast chook”. He will do sensationally well and I know I will be watching out for him.

    Ten you missed another opportunity …once again.

  7. DanR September 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm -

    Good fit for their large 55+ audience

  8. Mr. J September 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm -

    Another week, another person to work on Sunday Night. It’s getting so crowded over there.

  9. Maev....Sydney September 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm -

    Thanks for confirming what you already gave us the heads up on….awhile back….I was just in checking the site earlier…and again more news….lucky I pop in a few times a day…one needs to …to keep up with you DK.. :)

  10. daran September 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm -

    Must of been the worst kept secret Seven has ever done

  11. D@GP September 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm -

    Well done, Scoop!

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