Airdate: The Showdown

Tomorrow SKY News will launch new opinion show The Showdown hosted by The Australian columnist Peter Van Onselen.

SKY News promises he “will tackle the issues of the week in a no-holds barred exchange that will canvass both sides of the story.”

He has previously hosted Australian Agenda and The Contrarians.

SKY also announces Chris Kenny will take over as host of Saturday Agenda from Saturday.

SKY News Chief Executive, Angelos Frangopoulos, said “The Showdown joins Paul Murray Live, Richo, The Nation with David Speers, The Contrarians and Late Edition Agenda as part of the SKY News weeknight line-up devoted to intelligent comment and analysis of the stories that matter. Our line-up also takes viewers behind the scenes and offers an alternate view at what’s making news, from all sides of the story.”

Additionally, respected journalist and political insider Chris Kenny takes over as host of Saturday Agenda from Saturday, September 17 at 8.30am AEST.

A veteran newspaper, radio and print journalist, Kenny and will present the Saturday version of the flagship Agenda series, reviewing the week in politics as well as conducting in depth one on one interviews with the people making news.

Chris is an editorial writer and columnist with The Australian and has worked in newspaper, television and radio as well as politics, including time as chief of staff to Alexander Downer when he was foreign minister, to Malcolm Turnbull when he was federal opposition leader, and to a SA Premier Rob Kerin.

Chris has also published two books: State of Denial about the downfall of South Australia’s Bannon Government, and Women’s Business, the story behind the Hindmarsh Island Bridge affair.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to the SKY News team. He will bring his own unique style to Saturday mornings, tackling the issues of the week. His knowledge as a political insider will give viewers a look behind closed doors in Canberra.” said Mr Frangopoulos.

The Showdown premieres Tuesday, September 13 at 8pm AEST.

6 Comments:

  1. If you read his opinion piece on Saturdays I think you might find he is one of the few News’ journalists who actually tries to be balanced. I know that is hard to believe.

  2. So much for Sky’s claims that they are editorially independent of News Ltd. Yet another show will be fronted by someone from The Australian. There is already Australian Agenda, not to mention all the News Ltd hacks who appear on so many other Sky shows.

  3. “….in a no-holds barred exchange that will canvass both sides of the story.” Sure.
    So long as it’s anti-Labor, just like his ill-informed, biased “Sunday Telegraph” screeds. I gather he also writes for “The Australian” but I don’t buy any News Limited papers anymore. I usually get to see the Tele on Sunday when visiting my daughter. She has to buy something for the bottom of the guinea pig’s cage.

  4. “just another show for sky news to bash the labor government”

    Labor should fight back by pumping more money into ABC News 24. That would really irritate Sky News.

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