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Twist in TV’s bloodbath as a major Channel Nine star Liam Bartlett ‘jumps ship to rival network’

Twist in TV’s bloodbath as a major Channel Nine star ‘jumps ship to rival network’

Australian TV’s game of musical chairs took another twist this week after a major 60 Minutes reporter announced he’s jumping ship. 

Liam Bartlett, a former Channel Nine reporter, has reportedly taken up a job at Channel Seven, just months after resigning from 60 Minutes. 

According to The Australian on Monday, Bartlett, 61, is ‘all but certain’ to join the ranks at Seven in 2023, where he will likely begin hosting 60 Minutes’ biggest competitor, 7News Spotlight. 

Former Nine reporter Liam Bartlett, 61, (pictured) has reportedly jumped ship to rival network Seven, just months after resigning from 60 Minutes 

As it happens, 7News Spotlight’s current executive producer Mark Llewellyn previously worked alongside Bartlett as 60 Minutes’ head of news and current affairs. 

In October, Bartlett announced he’d quit his role on 60 Minutes as well as his job hosting Nine-owned Perth radio station 6PR, but gave no indication as to his next move. 

In a statement at the time, Bartlett praised his former colleagues at Nine, saying ‘It’s been a real privilege and an honour to be allowed to present the morning program in my home state and be part of the wonderful 6PR team.’

According to The Australian on Monday, Bartlett, 61, is 'all but certain' to join the ranks at Seven in 2023, where he will likely begin hosting 60 Minutes' biggest competitor, 7News Spotlight

According to The Australian on Monday, Bartlett, 61, is ‘all but certain’ to join the ranks at Seven in 2023, where he will likely begin hosting 60 Minutes’ biggest competitor, 7News Spotlight  

In October, Bartlett (pictured with the former cast of 60 Minutes) announced he'd quit his role on 60 Minutes as well as his job hosting Nine-owned Perth radio station 6PR, but gave no indication as to his next move

  In October, Bartlett (pictured with the former cast of 60 Minutes) announced he’d quit his role on 60 Minutes as well as his job hosting Nine-owned Perth radio station 6PR, but gave no indication as to his next move

‘My time at 60 Minutes has afforded me so many memorable moments in the footsteps of some of the best in the business. I’m extremely appreciative of all the opportunities,’ he added. 

It’s the latest a series of shifts among Australia’s top reporters. 

Just last week, Bartlett’s former 60 Minutes colleague Sarah Abo announced that she was replacing Allison Langdon as co-host of Nine’s Today Show.

Just last week, Bartlett's former 60 Minutes colleague Sarah Abo (right) announced that she was replacing Allison Langdon as co-host of Nine's Today Show. SHe is pictured with Today host Karl Stefanovic

Just last week, Bartlett’s former 60 Minutes colleague Sarah Abo (right) announced that she was replacing Allison Langdon as co-host of Nine’s Today Show. SHe is pictured with Today host Karl Stefanovic 

Langdon has meanwhile left the Today show to host A Current Affair beginning in the New Year, following Tracy Grimshaw's shock departure in September

Langdon has meanwhile left the Today show to host A Current Affair beginning in the New Year, following Tracy Grimshaw’s shock departure in September  

She will join the Today show team of Karl Stefanovic, Alex Cullen, Brooke Boney and Tim Davies on Monday 16 January, 2023. 

Langdon has meanwhile left the Today show to host A Current Affair beginning in the New Year, following Tracy Grimshaw’s shock departure in September. 

Over on Channel 10, the cast of The Project experienced a major shake-up last month after Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar all announced their resignations. 

Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) farewelled A Current Affair last week, after 17 years hosting the popular show

Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) farewelled A Current Affair last week, after 17 years hosting the popular show 

Over on Channel 10, the cast of The Project experienced a major shake-up last month after Carrie Bickmore (second, left), Lisa Wilkinson (second, right) and Peter Helliar (right) all announced their resignations. Pictured with Waleed Aly

Over on Channel 10, the cast of The Project experienced a major shake-up last month after Carrie Bickmore (second, left), Lisa Wilkinson (second, right) and Peter Helliar (right) all announced their resignations. Pictured with Waleed Aly 

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