Ten punts on rat­ings surge at Bath time

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRIANA DOMJEN

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.

Pic­ture: Ni­cholas Wil­son

For­mer TV an­chor Chris Bath has been signed by Chan­nel 10 to boost their news team.

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