Deja vu as Hinch returns to TV

DERRYN Hinch has used his own radio program to announce his next career move - a shift back to TV.

Just after 4pm yesterday, Hinch announced on his afternoon Drive show on 3AW that he would join the Seven Network as national public affairs commentator, working across Sunday Night , Seven News and Sunrise.

His first appearance will be on Monday.

''It's funny,'' he said. ''I left 3AW 25 years ago to join Channel Seven. Now I can announce I'm doing it again.''

Hinch recounted being wooed by the former owner of the Seven Network, Christopher Skase, with dinner, a bottle of Grange Hermitage and the lure of ''a truckload of money''.

''So I went the Seven Network, where the Hinch program was born, and that of course changed my life.'' At 68, the veteran of print, radio and television journalism recounted the significance of the month of September in his life. It was the month Skase made his offer.

In September 2005 he proposed to his wife, Chanel. In September 2010 he was diagnosed with live cancer, and given 12 months to live.

Now, he said, he could proclaim that ''the fat lady hasn't sung - she isn't even near the stage''.

He assured talkback callers that he would be able to operate on TV as he had on radio.

''I've been given an assurance by Seven that nothing will change,'' he said. ''I'll be doing exactly the same as I've been doing here.''

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