Kelli Underwood is new Offsiders host

Offsiders confirms permanent host following the departure of Gerard Whateley from ABC.

Kelli Underwood has been confirmed as the permanent host of Offsiders following the departure of Gerard Whateley from ABC.

Underwood has been part of the ABC Grandstand commentary team for more than a decade and was famously the first woman to call AFL football on television and radio.

She joined Offsiders five years ago as a panellist and has been an Australian Open & Trans-Tasman netball commentator.

“I’m delighted to take over as host of such a well-established and highly respected program,” she said.

“I grew up in Adelaide and have lived in Sydney and Melbourne, so I have a broad understanding of the Australian sporting landscape.”

“We have a packed schedule for 2018, with the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup, as well as the national sporting competitions, so it’s going to be a busy year.”

Executive Producer Kate Tozer said, “She’s our regular back-up host and has a great existing rapport with the other panellists and our audience.

“Kelli hosted Offsiders Summer Edition on location during January so we’re looking forward to getting back to the studio and stuck into a new season.”

She will continue to call AFL games for Grandstand in 2018.

Sundays at 10am on ABC (amended).

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