The Queen has left the building!
SBS newsreader and fashion icon Lee Lin Chin gave a dignified sign off from her last SBS World News bulletin earlier this evening.
Ending almost 30 years at the SBS news desk, Chin once again impressed with her eccentric fashion that has become her trademark. She also received tributes from co-presenters Craig Foster and Mike Tomalaris and incoming replacement Anton Enus, returning to SBS after a two year absence.
In the video package that followed there were snippets of changing hairstyles, fashions, news sets, her viral self-parodies at The Feed including the all-network “Broadcast Battleground” plus a greeting from English reporter Dan Rivers, who Chin complemented in a candid off-camera moment that was caught by the microphones.
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Starting her media career in Singapore, Chin came to Australia in 1980 to join the new SBS television network as a subtitler. She then went to ABC radio in Newcastle and Darwin, later returning to SBS in the early 1990s as weekend newsreader.
In the years since she has also hosted her own series, Fashionista, has twice been Australia’s national spokesperson in the Eurovision Song Contest, and in 2016 was the first SBS personality to be nominated for a Gold Logie.
In an interview for Ten Daily, Chin said that there are various reasons for her leaving SBS but did not wish to elaborate further. However she is currently involved in a production company, All The Chin’s Men, with The Feed colleagues Chris Leben and Daniel Hartley-Allen, pitching ideas to networks.
She also said, on brand with her The Feed persona, that “working two days a week didn’t give me enough time to devote to the pub and re-reading the complete works of Shakespeare. So now that I work zero days that issue has been addressed.”