Craig Hutchison will become a permanent co-host on the AFL Footy Show, ending an 11 year run for James Brayshaw.
Hutchison, (pictured below) who has appeared on Footy Classified, The Footy Show and The Sunday Footy Show will join Rebecca Maddern from 2017.
The news follows recent rumours that salary negotiations for James Brayshaw (pictured above) had hit a impasse.
Channel Nine Melbourne Managing Director, Ian Paterson, said: “We are delighted to welcome Craig to the co-hosting chair on The Footy Show. He is a first-class media performer and businessman with a proven track record in breaking some of the biggest AFL stories in history. He will be a terrific addition to the program alongside Rebecca.
“We thank James Brayshaw for his contribution for the past 11 years to The Footy Show and the network. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”
But the announcement means further changes for the show after the departure of Garry Lyon at the start of the year. He has since been confirmed as returning to Footy Classified.
Hutchison, 41, started out with the Herald Sun newspaper in 1994. After a successful career in papers he moved to radio. Hutchison transitioned into television in 1997, reporting for Channel 10, then Channel 7, establishing himself as one of the AFL’s greatest newsbreakers.
During his career he has won numerous awards, including journalism’s highest honour, the prestigious Walkley Award, as well as a Quill Award. He has taken home the Australian Football Media Association Award for Best Electronic Reporter a record 11 times.
Hutchison founded the media company Crocmedia, which has grown to become a key player in the AFL landscape under his leadership.