SKY News contributor Rita Panahi has landed her own show on the channel with The Friday Show to air at 4pm each Friday from Melbourne.
The News Corp columnist has been a regular contributor to SKY since 2013, appearing on Paul Murray Live, The Bolt Report and Credlin.
“I am absolutely elated, humbled and a little bit terrified to be hosting The Friday Show. It’s a pleasure to be a bona fide part of the SKY News family who have been wonderfully supportive as I make the transition from guest to host. It’ll be an honour to work amongst some of the very best in the TV business.
“The Friday Show will have the usual mix of politics and current affairs that SKY News viewers know and love but will also include pop culture, social issues and plenty of sporting content.”
Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO Australian News Channel said: “As a contributor on SKY News, Rita’s thought-provoking analysis has added further depth to our national affairs coverage. I’m delighted Rita will extend her role with us to host The Friday Show.”
Born in America, Rita spent much of her childhood in Iran before her family moved to Australia as refugees. She holds a Masters of Business, with a career spanning more than two decades, first within the banking sector and the past ten years as a journalist and columnist. Rita is passionate about a number of issues from the plight of women in the Muslim world to the suppression of free speech in the West.
Fridays at 4pm from March 23 on SKY News.