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Chris Bath : biography

13 May 1967 -

Christine "Chris" Bath (born 13 May 1967 in Auburn in Sydney) is an Australian journalist and television personality.

Bath is currently the weeknight presenter of Seven News Sydney and presenter of Seven's current affairs program Sunday Night.

Other works

Other than Seven News, Chris Bath has appeared on a number of television programs and a film including:

  • The Man Who Sued God (2001) as Newsreader
  • All Saints
    • Episode 4.01 "The Heat is On" (13 February 2001) as Newsreader
    • Episode 4.32 "Wild Justice" (4 September 2001) as Newsreader
    • Episode 5.01 "Opening Night" (5 February 2002) as Newsreader
    • Episode 5.02 "The Show Must Go On" (12 February 2002) as News Reporter
    • Episode 8.27 "Frozen Moments" (16 August 2005) as Newsreader
    • Episode 9.32 "Happy Returns" (26 September 2006) as Newsreader
    • Episode 10.12 "Choices of the Heart" (8 May 2007) as Newsreader
    • Episode 11.02 "The Simple Things" (19 February 2008) as Newsreader
  • Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars (September–November 2005) as herself and where she was runner-up in the program. Ada Nicodemou won.
  • headLand episode 1.27 (4 January 2006) as Newsreader
  • True Stories Episode 2.02 "Sophie's Story" (16 July 2006) as Host
  • You've Got the Job 13 episodes (November 2006) as Host

Career

On the advice of The Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter Bowers, Bath applied to study communications at Mitchell College (now Charles Sturt University) in Bathurst. Not only was she accepted into the course, she also won a scholarship, and majored in politics. During her studies she was a broadcaster with the on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM. In 1988, half-way through the last year of her three-year course, she was offered a job at Sydney AM radio station 2UE as a cadet reporter and newsreader.

Her second job came a year later, after a friend encouraged her to apply for a job with a regional television station in Albury. She moved to Albury-Wodonga, where she spent the next 20 months working at Prime Television station AMV-4 and spending her weekends in Melbourne. At AMV-4, she started reporting, was the weather presenter for a while, then finished off as the full-time newsreader.

In 1991, at 23, she joined Newcastle's NBN Television, where she stayed for the next five years as a reporter and host to the evening local news broadcast. Originally she thought she was going there as just a reporter, but the newsreader resigned and they offered the vacant position to her. She resigned from NBN Newcastle in late 1995 after being offered a job by Seven in Sydney. NBN took Bath to the Supreme Court to delay her appearance on Seven. The court granted an injunction against her appearing on Seven before 1 February 1996.

Seven Network

Before becoming presenter for Seven's Morning News, Bath has previously had numerous presenting roles with the network over the years.

In 1996 until early 1997 she co-hosted the 6 am news bulletin with Peter Ford (which later became Sunrise). In 1997, she became host of the network's Sunday morning political interview show, Face to Face, and presenter Seven's Late News. (The Late News was subsequently axed in August 2003).

For three weeks in mid-1997, Bath was working 18-hour days, filling in as host of 11AM, presenting the afternoon news updates, recording the news bulletin shown on Ansett flights and presenting the 11 pm Late News bulletin.

In 1998, Bath was a reporter for Witness, the network's flagship current affairs program, until it was axed later that year. Seven then asked Bath to co-host its new current affairs show, Dateline, with Stan Grant. She declined and was given the role of presenting the Sydney 6 pm news over summer.

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