Ten punts on ratings surge at Bath time
SHE is Sydney’s bestloved TV news personality without a permanent gig — until now.
Chris Bath, the most successful female primetime newsreader to anchor a Sydney news bulletin on commercial TV, has been snapped up to join the news team on Channel 10.
“Bathie”, as she is affectionately known, has emerged as Ten’s secret weapon to help reforge their news reputation.
She will present 10 News First every Saturday and Sunday, replacing colleague and friend Natarsha Belling, who has taken a spot on Studio 10, the CBS-backed network’s morning program.
As a high-profile scalp, she joins former breakfast TV star Lisa Li Wilkinson, who was poached from Nine’s Today Show a year ye ago. Bath will make regular appearances a on The Project news n panel and Studio 10, as well as contributing to 10 Daily.
In nearly 20 years with Seven, S Bath was made Sydney nightly ni news anchor in 2009 until un being moved aside in January ar 2014 for Mark Ferguson.
That was also the last year that 7 News Sydney won the ratings battle against Nine. Ferguson has now lost five in a row to Nine.
Since then Bath has made casual appearances on TV, presents a radio show on the ABC, and hosted the Invictus Games on SBS.
Giving Ten depth to their onair news team, Bath, 51, is eager to once again cover live news events.
“I am really excited about this,” she said. “I think hosting the Invictus Games made me realise how much I love doing live TV.
“But secondly, this is the right opportunity for me and the right time and right place.”
With her son Darcy, 18, now old enough to take care of himself, the veteran news reader said she was lured to Ten because of its non-toxic culture and “vibe”.
“Darcy did his HSC this year, so he is done with school and will be off doing his own thing,” she said. “I am just lucky the timing is right. I am ready for it. Ten is the right place for me to be.
“I was lucky to work in a number of different places after I left Seven and the thing that always struck me about Ten whenever I walked in there was the vibe.”
Bath was particularly impressed by the women at Ten, including close friends Belling and Sandra Sully.
She said: “I think there is an amazing bunch of women that work here.”
Bath’s new role will be in addition to her ABC Sydney radio show, Evenings With Chris Bath.
Former TV anchor Chris Bath has been signed by Channel 10 to boost their news team.