Ousted ABC journo Andrew Probyn confirms Nine role

Probyn will begin his new job in Nine's Canberra press gallery within weeks.

Probyn will begin his new job in Nine's Canberra press gallery within weeks. Photos: TND/Getty

Ousted ABC journalist Andrew Probyn finally has a new gig, four months after he was “flabbergasted” to be made redundant by the national broadcaster.

Award-winning Probyn will join the Nine Network as its national affairs editor.

In June, he was the highest-profile face among more than 100 redundancies as the ABC cut costs. He had been its political editor, after joining the broadcaster from The West Australian in 2016.

“I’ve been informed that the national broadcaster no longer need a political editor and that they want to reinvest the money into social and digital reporting roles,” Probyn told The Guardian at the time.

“Very good luck to the ABC. I’m still trying to get to come to terms with it.”

His appointment at Nine was confirmed on Sunday. It is a new role in the Canberra press gallery.

“I’m delighted to be joining Nine’s powerhouse Parliament House bureau,” Probyn told the Nine-owned Sydney Morning Herald.

“At a time when the need for reliable, trusted and agenda-free news has never been greater, I look forward to working alongside Charles Croucher and some of Australian journalism’s best.”

Croucher has been Nine’s chief political editor since the retirement of predecessor Chris Uhlmann in October 2022.

Probyn’s appointment was confirmed in an announcement to Nine staff on Sunday. It noted his “three decades of experience as a reporter and an envious track record of breaking major stories”.

“As national affairs editor, a new role for 9News based in Canberra, Probyn will bring an extra level of in-depth coverage to the team led by … Croucher,” Nine’s national director of news and current affairs (broadcast) Darren Wick said.

Probyn has twice been named press gallery journalist of the year, is a three-time Walkley Awards finalist, the winner of the Melbourne Press Club’s prestigious Golden Quill, and was WA journalist of the year in 2016.

Nine has been building a super bureau in Canberra gallery after knocking down walls separating the bureaus of the SMH, The Age and its TV staff.

Probyn takes up his new role in November.

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