After 20 years with the Seven Network, Sydney newsreader Chris Bath has decided to walk away.
Bath, who reads the Friday and Saturday night Seven News and hosts current affairs program Sunday Night, will leave Seven at the end of July.
In a statement issued by the network, Bath said:
“This has been a very big decision. I’m very grateful for the past wonderful 20 years at Seven. I want to thank the Network for giving me the chance to enjoy every broadcast journalism experience possible; from reading News to assignments abroad including East Timor, Bali, Gallipoli, Royal weddings and various Olympics, to interviewing pollies on Face to Face, 11am and Sunday Sunrise to Witness and Sunday Night, to the glorious anarchy of anchoring breaking news events for hours with our first class studio crews, to tangoing to ACDC under a mirror ball on Dancing with the Stars. I’ve loved it all, worked with some amazing people and made lifelong friends at Seven. It has been a tough
decision to leave, but years ago I left a great job in regional television because I didn’t want to say “What if?” about life, and I feel with all that experience on board now, the time is right again to explore new horizons.”
Chairman of Seven West Media, Kerry Stokes said:
“After two decades of impeccable work at Seven News and more recently, hosting and reporting for Sunday Night, Chris has established a legion of fans, on both sides of the camera. For all of the long days that inevitably turn into long nights, I thank Chris for not once taking the easy way to get the facts that get the story. Chris has always been there to work in the community, especially with schools, and has made trips to Perth to help with Telethon. I’ll miss her sense of humour and on air professionalism. Channel Seven will always have a place for Chris, in the meantime however, I wish her every success for the future”
Bath’s departure comes after being shifted in 2014 to the lower profile Friday and Saturday night bulletins of Seven News after falling ratings as anchor of the weeknight bulletin. “I had a good crack at it, that’s all I can do,” she was quoted in reports at the time.
Prior to joining Seven, Bath had worked in regional television at Prime and NBN.
Melissa Doyle, who currently presents Seven’s afternoon bulletin, will take over presenting the Friday and Saturday Seven News bulletins in Sydney as well as hosting the national Sunday Night.