Controversial News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt is in talks with TEN about a new on-air role, according to The Australian.
Bolt, who already appears occasionally on The 7PM Project as well as ABC’s Q & A and more regularly on Insiders, may have to leave the latter if a new role conflicts.
On yesterday’s ABC programme he told viewers, “It’s nearly 10 years that we’ve been on air and I’ve come to really appreciate and rely on the support I’ve got. I love ABC viewers, thank you very much.”
But Bolt is still booked in for an appearance in three weeks’ time.
An ABC Spokesperson told TV Tonight, “He appears on the program from time to time, and will continue to do so until such time as any other media commitments he has rule him out.”
Where Bolt could finish up isn’t yet clear: The 7PM Project (there isn’t much room to expand his current role), 6:30 with George Negus (unlikely to accommodate two opinions) or TEN News (it’s possible it could add an editorial segment). There is also Sunday morning’s Meet the Press (an Insiders rival) or a potential new programme.
Bolt is currently appearing in a high-profile litigation case being conducted under claims he has breached the Racial Discrimination Act.