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Taxpayers fork out $70,000 for Lee Lin Chin’s next gig after quit SBS to move back to Singapore 

Taxpayers are set to front the bill for Lee Lin Chin’s next gig, following her abrupt resignation from SBS last month. 

The government has contracted Chin to be the face of a Transport for NSW ad campaign to explain the Epping to Chatswood rail line closures in North Sydney.

It’s believed that the former SBS broadcaster has been paid up to $70,000 of taxpayer’s money, as the government believes she has a voice of ‘authority’.

Taxpayers are set to front the bill for Lee Lin Chin’s (pictured) next gig, following her abrupt resignation from SBS last month

The ads are set to go live on September 2, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

The campaign is set to feature Chin in fluorescent colours to match the buses that will be replacing the train line.

The closure of the train line will cause disruptions for seven months.

Chin shocked fans when she announced her resignation from SBS last month after broadcasting for almost 40 years.

The Jarkarta-born journalist announced the news, saying there are ‘many small to medium-sized reasons’ for her unexpected departure.

The broadcaster announced this week she was jetting out to her native Singapore to escape rumours she was in the midst of a bidding war between networks.

The government has contracted Chin to be the face of a Transport for NSW ad campaign to explain the Epping to Chatswood rail line closures in North Sydney

She announced her move on Twitter, cracking a joke at the paparazzi in the process.

‘Goodbye Australia. I shall be spending the next month in Singapore. Try and catch me now Paparazzi!’ the Aussie icon wrote.

‘In Singapore I can do whatever I like,’ she joked.

‘I’m a native who became a celebrity to white people,’ before adding, ‘I’m essentially above the law.’ 

Chin shocked fans when she announced her resignation from SBS last month after broadcasting for almost 40 years

Chin shocked fans when she announced her resignation from SBS last month after broadcasting for almost 40 years

Chin began her work with SBS back in 1980, the same year she came to Australia from Singapore, and began hosting SBS World News in 1992.

In an SBS statement provided to Daily Mail Australia, Ms Chin said: ‘Having spent the bulk of my professional life at SBS, this isn’t by any means an easy decision. I shall be leaving a happy and satisfying role as a newsreader. My friends and colleagues for whom I have fervent respect will be deeply missed.’

Over her time on Australian television, the presenter became one of the country’s most popular media personalities.



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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