Bath plug pulled

Herald Sun - - CONFIDENTIAL -

THE ABC has banned CHRIS BATH from host­ing a ver­sion of Point­less on Chan­nel 10. In­sid­ers con­firmed Bath, who presents an evening show on ABC ra­dio, was of­fered the job as pre­sen­ter of a lo­cal ver­sion of the top-rat­ing UK quiz show.

Bath (right) is pop­u­lar with the pub­lic and has plenty of host­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — Point­less would have been a move into new ter­ri­tory, but the ABC stopped it cold.

The ABC screens the Bri­tish orig­i­nal and bosses re­port­edly didn’t want one of its staff mem­bers in an Aussie ver­sion on a ri­val net­work. Now, co­in­ci­den­tally, the ABC is say­ing it has far­reach­ing plans for Bath, 51, who presents Evenings on ABC Ra­dio Syd­ney. They had bet­ter be quick be­cause her con­tract is ru­moured to run out at the end of the year. “Chris Bath is a pop­u­lar and highly val­ued mem­ber of the ABC Ra­dio Syd­ney team,” an ABC spokesman said. “The ABC is look­ing to use Chris’ tele­vi­sion and ra­dio skills across all its plat­forms.” Ten man­age­ment was said to be mys­ti­fied by Bath’s sud­den about-face and is yet to an­nounce the host of the show.

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