21 February 1946 |
|Years active||1965 - present|
|Nine News profile|
Peter Donald Beauchamp Hitchener (born 21 February 1946) is an Australian television presenter. He has been chief news presenter for Melbourne's edition of Nine News since 1998, and prior to that was weekend news presenter.
Originally from rural Queensland, Hitchener began his media career in 1965 at the Brisbane radio station 4BH where he wrote, edited and presented news bulletins. Hitchener then moved on to ABC Brisbane where he undertook roles as a television news and radio presenter. Still at the ABC, he moved to Sydney in 1973 where he was a relief presenter on the evening news for James Dibble.
Hitchener moved to the Nine Network after one year at ABC Sydney, presenting National Nine News first in Sydney and then in Melbourne as the presenter of News Centre Nine. In 1977, Hitchener began hosting the breakfast show on 3AW before moving to 3AK in 1979. At about this time, Hitchener also became chief weekend news presenter and understudy to first-choice news presenter Brian Naylor. In 1985, Hitchener resigned from 3AK.
When Brian Naylor retired in 1998, Hitchener took over as presenter of Nine News Melbourne on weeknights. In 2008 Hitchener celebrated 10 years as the weeknight news presenter, and in that time has become one of Melbourne's most respected news presenters. In October 2010, Hitchener signed another three years as presenter of Nine News Melbourne.
In addition to his television presenting, Hitchener is also an avid patron for the Deaf Blind Society of Victoria and a guest speaker for many charity and community events held across Melbourne.
In April 2008, in a Herald Sun article regarding his 10 years as head presenter of Nine News Melbourne, Hitchener acknowledged he was gay. Online commentators criticised the circumstances of Hitchener's personal revelations, saying that he was "pushed" into discussing his private life. Hitchener's spokesperson denied this.
- "National Nine News Team: Peter Hitchener". Ninemsn. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- Byrne, Fiona (2008-04-06). "Nine's prime fighter". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- Simons, Margaret (11 April 2008). "The outing of Peter Hitchener: nothing straight about it". Crikey. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
|Nine News Melbourne
1998 – present
|Nine News Melbourne
1978 – 1998