Game-changing appointment for Nine News

Channel 9 is making a big play for market dominance with a key hiring.

Nine News has welcomed the appointment of Perth’s number one investigative reporter, Gary Adshead, in the role of State Political Editor.
 
Adshead has long been one of Western Australia’s foremost journalists and was most recently State Political Editor of The West Australian, before leaving the newspaper in April. 
 

Adshead’s exclusives include a series of stories about an MP’s fake overseas police service medal, which led to a by-election the government lost.
 
He was named West Australian journalist of the year at the 2018 WA Media Awards and has won multiple awards for his investigations of organised crime, politics and breaking news, including the lead in the drinking water scandal at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gary to Nine News,” said Michael Best, the recently appointed Director of News for Nine Perth. “He is without a doubt one of WA’s foremost journalists.  He breaks the biggest and most important stories in Perth. 
 
“I have long admired Gary’s work, going right back to when he was the only TV reporter on the HMAS Adelaide rescue of yachtsman Tony Bullimore. He brings with him a wealth of experience, contacts, and a ‘take no prisoners’ approach to finding the truth. He will be a great asset to Nine News as we look to continue our growth in the six o’clock bulletin in the West.”

Gary Adshead on the beat

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A journalist since 1984, Adshead has worked across television, radio and print. His early years included time at A Current Affair. He has also worked as the Mornings and Drive program host on Radio 6PR and as a trusted political commentator and columnist on political affairs in Western Australia.

“In many ways, returning to Nine is like coming home,” said Adshead. “Some of my biggest reporting moments were during my time with Nine News and A Current Affair. I’m now looking forward to breaking and telling the stories that matter to West Australians each night in the news bulletin.” 

In 2019, the Nine News 6.00pm bulletin has seen strong growth with a 3.9% per cent lift in audience for total people*.

*Source: OzTAM Metro 5 Cap, Perth only, 01/01/2019 – 23/05/2019 vs 01/01/2018 – 23/05/2018, M-F, Nine News, Avg AUD, Overnight