Jan 24, 2014

ABC aims for AM glory days after Trioli reversal

A sudden backflip has upended the pieces on the ABC's current affairs chess board. But most have welcomed political head Chris Uhlmann taking over AM after Virginia Trioli withdrew.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

The ABC is hoping the appointment of former 7.30 political editor Chris Uhlmann to host AM will sharpen up the morning radio program and restore it to its agenda-setting glory days.


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11 thoughts on “ABC aims for AM glory days after Trioli reversal

  1. paddy

    [ABC sources say Uhlmann is viewed as a more-than-worthy replacement within the broadcaster.]
    On what planet are these ABC sources living?
    I know they’ve probably been caught in an awkward situation with Trioli pulling out on such short notice.
    But Chris Uhlmann as the AM host? Really?

    He was an utter train wreck as 7.30’s political editor.
    Dog knows what he’ll do to AM’s credibility.

    Hopefully this will be a short term solution and “Our ABC”
    can find a credible replacement.

    (I’d love to see Ellen Fanning get the gig. She’s currently doing a fill in on ABC classic FM. But I don’t know if she’d fancy the early starts.)

  2. zut alors


    The only possible explanation is that ABC management gave him the gig as a dare. But it’s hardly an excuse.

  3. aliso6

    No more AM for me. Uhlmann is to the ABC a disast

  4. aliso6

    rous political commentator!

  5. CML

    Can’t work out if Uhlmann just tries to compensate for the fact that his wife is a Labor MP, or whether he really is a fair dinkum ultra conservative. If it is the latter, then it should make for interesting conversation in the Uhlmann/Brodtmann household. If the former, then he should stick to a ‘balanced’ (factual?) presentation of the program.
    My guess is that we should get ready for more fawning over all LNP pollies who front AM. Very sad.

  6. rhonaj

    Have to agree with Paddy.

  7. AR

    “Mad Eyes” Uhlmann is the lightweight’s lightweight, I cannot recall an interesting question nor a half sentient follow-up from his years hogging 7.30(Report as was).
    He is the perfect example of the Peter Principle.

  8. BSA Bob

    I have to agree with other commentators here. I have doubts as to whether Chris Uhlmann would make a successful transition to radio. Those eyes that light up, the sheer delight that visibly radiates from him whenever he can find something negative to say about Labor, which is most of the time. How can this be conveyed via the new medium?

  9. geomac62

    I go along with CML .

  10. Joe Fitzpatrick

    I’m a lefty, but the news that Uhlmann is married to a Labor MP bothers me a lot.

    Right wing accusations of perceived bias in the ABC strike me as pretty much unfounded (though I guess as a lefty I’d say that anyway). In the end, the right has its fair share of loud-mouth shouters.

    Uhlmann has a massive conflict of interest. He shouldn’t be reporting on politics whilst his wife is involved in it. I’m surprised the ABC let this happen.

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