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The talent exodus at Channel Nine continues as top political reporters leave in the same week

The talent exodus at Channel Nine continues as two of its top political reporters leave the network in the same week

Channel Nine has lost two of its top journalists in the space of a week.

Lane Culcutt, political reporter for the network in Brisbane, left the station after 35 years on Friday, reports TV Blackbox.

The news follows the exit of Nine’s chief political reporter Chris Uhlmann, who had his final day on the job on Thursday.

Channel Nine has lost two of its top journalists in the space of a week. Chief Political Reporter Chris Uhlmann (pictured) retired on Thursday

Culcutt, who is expected to join the media team of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, used Twitter to announce his departure.

‘After 35 years, I bid farewell to Nine news,’ he Tweeted.

‘Thank you to all who have watched and those I’ve worked with who have made this journey so rewarding and enriching. Goodbye and good luck.’ 

And Lane Culcutt (pictured), political reporter for the network in Brisbane, left the Nine after 35 years on Friday, reports TV Blackbox It is understood he will join the media team of Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszcuk

And Lane Culcutt (pictured), political reporter for the network in Brisbane, left the Nine after 35 years on Friday, reports TV Blackbox It is understood he will join the media team of Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszcuk

Meanwhile, The Australian reported on Monday that Uhlmann, who had announced his retirement at the beginning of 2022, deleted his Twitter platform as he left the job.

The outspoken veteran journalist, who replaced the legendary Laurie Oakes as chief political correspondent exactly five years ago, was a frequent target of trolls.

‘I have deleted Twitter, and I will never be back,’ Uhlamann told the publication.

TV Blackbox reports that popular reporter Charles Croucher (pictured) will replace Uhlmann

TV Blackbox reports that popular reporter Charles Croucher (pictured) will replace Uhlmann

Uhlmann said Twitter was populated by ‘left wing thugs’, and described the platform as a ‘self-basting platform’ that hosted a ‘bigoted pitchfork brigade.’

It is understood that high-profile Nine reporter Charles Croucher will replace Uhlmann.

The 33-year has been a popular guest host on Nine’s Today breakfast program.

Nine flew the rising star to London to cover the Queen’s funeral last month. 

Croucher has been a popular guest host on Channel Nine's Today show. Pictured: Croucher in London covering the Queen's funeral with Today regular Allison Langdon (right)

Croucher has been a popular guest host on Channel Nine’s Today show. Pictured: Croucher in London covering the Queen’s funeral with Today regular Allison Langdon (right)

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