Nine News presenter Peter Hitchener was the toast of the network yesterday as stars, management, media and family celebrated a milestone birthday.
“Hitch,” who turns 70 tomorrow, was joined by Nine News directors Darren Wick and Hugh Nailon, GTV9 managing director Ian Paterson, Nine News colleagues including Tony Jones, Livinia Nixon, Clint Stanaway, Jo Hall, Brett McLeod, Tom Steinfort, Seb Costello, plus Tracy Grimshaw, Eddie McGuire, Pete Smith, Sam Newman, Shane Crawford, Neil Mitchell, Phillip Brady, Mal Walden, Ahron Young, Glenn Ridge & Denis Walter.
Nine surprised Hitch by naming its news studio the Peter Hitchener Newsroom. A plaque branding him “The nicest man in television” acknowledged his longevity working for the network since 1973.
“I’m the luckiest person in the world, because people are always so nice to me,” Hitchener told the crowd.
“Thank you to the people in the room, the people at home who watch our news.
“It’s a privilege to be part of a team and I always think how lucky I am that everyone in the team puts up with me, but I always feel very welcome and very special.”
Hitchener, who is only the third long-term news anchor at Nine in Melbourne alongside Sir Eric Pearce and Brian Naylor, said his biggest fan was his late mother, who never missed a bulletin.
#Hitch70 was trending at #1 nationally on Twitter yesterday.