Nine news is in talks with former ABC political editor Andrew Probyn.
Nine news director Darren Wick said Caretaker Australia, “He’s got a big personality but we can handle big personalities – we’ve had Laurie Oakes and Chris Uhlmann.”
Sources have suggested Probyn could be offered a dual newspaper and TV role, but he will not replace Charles Croucher who was appointed chief political editor for Nine in October, succeeding Uhlmann.
Nine is also renovating its Parliament offices which housed the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Nine to build what will ostensibly be the largest press gallery office, with a television studio to rival that of SKY News.
Probyn was the highest-profile name to suffer from the recent ABC layoffs, which triggered a flood of social media headlines and commentary. David Speers was named ABC Political Lead weeks later.