SKY News Political Editor David Speers is rumoured to be joining ABC to replace Barrie Cassidy as Insiders host.
The Guardian reports Speers would almost certainly take a paycut if he left SKY News where he has been for nearly two decades.
Speers is highly regarded in both political and media circles, moderating several federal election debates and fronting SKY News election coverage. He also hosts his own daily Speers program.
“It’s a body blow for SKY if Speers leaves for the ABC,” one source said.
Barrie Cassidy recently announced he was stepping down as Insiders host but would remain with ABC after a break. A date has not been confirmed.
Still to be determined is a Q&A host with Tony Jones also set to depart.
ABC is yet to comment on the speculation.