Mitch will turn 60 next month and unless HSV management decide to move him on, I could see him presenting the bulletin for up to another decade before handing over to someone else.
On the flipside, Hitch is 74 and still going strong at Nine News (in fact, their weeknight line-up has remained unchanged since 2004). When he does retire, it will be a sad day for Melbourne news in general, but they do have a very capable successor in Alicia Loxley who can take the bulletin forward. No sexism intended, but would GTV be willing to gamble and have a female presenter on weeknights as the new face of their news bulletin?
We saw what happened in Sydney after Ian Ross retired from the Seven News chair, just as that bulletin was peaking in the ratings (mind you, it was also Peter Overton’s first year in the Nine News chair). Roscoe handed over to Chris Bath and Seven News started losing nights as early as December 2009 as those long-time Seven viewers switched over to sample Peter Overton on Nine News - something which continued into 2010.