Lee Lin Chin announces resignation from SBS after 30 years of presenting

By Christina Cavaleri July 26, 2018


She has been the face we trust for news for more than 30 years. 

The authoritative voice of World News SBS.

However, today Lee Lin Chin announced this Sunday will be the last national World News bulletin she does for SBS.

Managing editor of Ten Daily and friend of Lee Lin, Sandra Sully had an exclusive interview with the journalist:

"There's not one big reason, there's many small to medium-sized reasons, which for the time being I wish to keep to myself but may talk about one day.  

"One reason I shall reveal however is that working two days a week didn't give me enough time to devote to the pub and re-reading the complete works of Shakespeare. So now that I work zero days that issue has been addressed."

It's a decision many of her colleagues and fans did not see coming.

"It has been something I've considered for a number of years now. I thought SBS would just fire me one day so I'd never have to make the decision, they obviously didn't and in fact offered me a two year contract extension at the start of the year. 

"So I had to start considering it a lot more seriously.

"The reason why it took so long was because of the fans. Every day at least five people will approach me and say that they love me on the news and that they watch every week. 

"It does feel slightly as if I am letting them down by leaving. Please don't hate me."

Her fans not only follow her on TV's small screen, but on their tiny screens as well, keeping up with her dry and unpredictable tweets.

Over the past 30 years, Lee Lin has covered some of the world's biggest stories from September 11 to the death of Nelson Mandela. 

SBS released a statement calling her "one of Australia's most recognisable and respected newsreaders".

"Having spent the bulk of my professional life at SBS, this isn't by any means an easy decision. I shall be leaving a happy and satisfying role as a newsreader. My friends and colleagues for whom I have fervent respect will be deeply missed."

The Gold Logie nominee does want everyone to know that she has not retired:

Fans fill social media with their reactions to losing Lee Lin from their screens.

All the best for your next endeavour Lee Lin, we will miss seeing you every weekend.