Veteran Channel Nine star Peter Hitchener has been seen for the first time since he was bumped from his role as weekday news broadcaster after more than 25 years.
The 77-year-old, who has presented Nine’s weekday news bulletins since 1998, was seen going for a walk in Melbourne on Monday.
Hitchener wore track pants, a grey jumper and vest as he was joined by a woman for a morning stroll.
He wore dark sunglasses and held a phone in his hand as he chatted to the female.
On Saturday, it was announced that Hitchener had been bumped to the weekend slot following health woes.
Veteran Channel Nine star Peter Hitchener has been seen for the first time since he was dumped after 25 years in shock shakeup
The network announced the news and confirmed both Alicia Loxley, 42, and Tom Steinfort, 39, as his replacements.
Loxley has been presenting 9News Melbourne for the past 12 years, while Steinfort is a longtime 60 Minutes correspondent.
Hugh Nailon, Director of 9News Melbourne, said in a statement: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Alicia and Tom to the forefront of our news team.’
‘In what will be just the fourth hosting line-up for the bulletin, this really does signify the onset of a new age,’ Nailon continued.
The 77-year-old, who has presented Nine’s weekday news bulletins since 1998, was seen going for a walk in Melbourne on Monday
‘We have big plans for 2024 and look forward to bringing viewers the most accurate and informative news that they have come to rely on from 9News.’
Nailon also issued a statement about Hitchener’s future at the network.
‘We’re delighted that Hitch will continue to be a valuable and much loved part of the 9News Melbourne family.’
‘He has an unwavering passion for delivering news to Melbourne and we look forward to the wealth of experience he will continue to bring to our weekend broadcasts.’
Hitchener wore track pants, a grey jumper and vest as he was joined by a woman for an afternoon stroll
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Hitchener has spent months denying increasing chatter that he is set to retire from Channel Nine.
In 2021, the veteran newsreader took a step back from presenting the news full time.
In April of that year, Hitchener gave an update on his health after he was taken off air mid-bulletin during Channel Nine’s 6pm Melbourne news.
He sparked concern after he stumbled over his words on March 29 due to a migraine, causing producers to quickly cut to a pre-recorded story.
Hitchener assured the Herald Sun that ‘everything’s good’ with his health, and confirmed he’s looking after himself more than ever since the on-air incident.
Hitchener, who soon after returned to work, added that he had only started suffering with migraines over the past few years.
On Saturday, it was announced that Hitchener had been bumped to the weekend slot following health woes