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Chris Bath lands slot on ABC 702 Sydney

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Chris Bath has landed the evening slot on ABC 702 radio in NSW and the ACT as the state broadcaster announces changes to its presenter line-up for 2017.

Bath has been filling in at the station on various flagship shows, including Richard Glover's drive time slot, since her exit from her newsreader role at Channel Seven last year.

Bath dismissed speculation at the time that she left the network, where she had worked for 20 years, over a pay dispute during contract negotiations.

The former newsreader will helm the ABC's NSW/ACT statewide Evenings show while the show's current host, Christine Anu, will present a new national Evenings show on Friday and Saturday.

Beloved Nightlife presenter Tony Delroy recently hung up his headphones after 26 years on the air. In the changes, his show will now air on seven nights instead of five and Delroy will be replaced by two presenters.

Philip Clark, who has been the interim replacement for Delroy, will now have a permanent slot hosting Nightlife from Monday to Thursday and Sarah Macdonald will take over hosting duties from Friday to Sunday.

The weekend Nightlife slots will replace religious program Sunday Nights with John Cleary. This change comes despite ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie's recently promising faith leaders that there will be no net cuts to religious content.

However, the ABC says a weekly segment will be added to Nightlife to "address the ongoing quest for meaning and the significance of leading a spiritual life" and religion and spirituality will remain important among the issues covered by the show.

At Radio National, former News Corp Australia chief executive Kim Williams has been added to the presenter line-up with a seasonal show talking to high-profile Australians on current affairs issues titled What Keeps Me Awake.

RN is also axing four music programs so it can focus more on spoken content.

Classic FM's Midday program presenter Margaret Throsby will also move from her daily role to one three-hour show on a Saturday morning, after more than two decades in the job.

Mairi Nicolson will take over the daily slot with a new Classic FM show, Weekday Afternoons.

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