TV personality Ken Sutcliffe announced his retirement on Channel 9 news last night after a distinguished 50-year career.
Sutcliffe was a pioneer in the world of Australian media. He joined Channel 9 in 1979, having begun his career on radio in his hometown of Mudgee in 1966.
He was co-host of the Today Show and frontman for the Wide World of Sports alongside the late great Max Walker. He was part of the Wide World of Sports team with Emma Freedman, Yvonne Sampson, and many other sporting personalities.
In his retirement announcement – Sutcliffe was emotional and said the following during broadcast:
“After 50 years of broadcasting and 37 years at the Nine Network, I have decided to retire,” Sutcliffe said.
“I have been thinking about it for some time and believe this is the perfect moment to move on from a job I have loved so much.
“I can’t wait to spend more time with my grandchildren, play a bit of sport rather than watch it and travel with my wife Anne.”
On social media yesterday afternoon, Channel 9 posted that a “big star” would be stepping down.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) November 2, 2016
Colleagues and friends took to Twitter to say thank you to Ken.
— Peter Overton (@PeterOverton) November 2, 2016
Wishing @ken_Sutcliffe all the best in his retirement, Very much enjoyed his sports reports over the years.
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) November 2, 2016
Sad news for Channel 9 – legendary sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe has announced he'll retire at the end of the year. The best gets to rest!
— Wally Lewis (@WallyLewis9) November 2, 2016
It's an honour to have worked alongside the great @Ken_Sutcliffe .. an absolute legend of the game. I will miss you, mate. And those eyes 😍
— Peter Stefanovic (@peterstefanovic) November 2, 2016
Congratulations @Ken_Sutcliffe on such a wonderful career It was a privilege working with you. Will miss seeing you on TV. You're a legend!!
— Mel Gainsford Taylor (@MelGTaylor) November 2, 2016
One of the greats. Congrats on a brilliant career, @Ken_Sutcliffe. We'll miss the snap and crackle of your scripts and those baby blues.
— Airlie Walsh (@AirlieWalsh) November 2, 2016
One of the hardest working anchors ever to turn up on our telly and boy could he tell a yarn @Ken_Sutcliffe I'll miss ya there! i said it!
— Damian Ryan (@DamoNews) November 2, 2016
From all of us at The Newsroom, we wish you all the best in your retirement Ken, and thank you so much for making broadcast journalism so much fun to watch. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Ken Sutcliffe and Peter Overton from the Nine News Facebook page.