SKY News Political Editor David Speers has been confirmed to host Insiders replacing Barrie Cassidy.
“David is a terrific journalist and presenter, an astute political observer and a great talent. He joins Australia’s best and most trusted political journalism team,” said ABC Director News Gaven Morris.
“We are delighted to welcome him to this key role as the successor to the great Barrie Cassidy.”
Speers will move to Melbourne to take up the role from early 2020, working with Executive Producer Sam Clark.
“Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said.
“I never miss it. To be able to take over from a legend, Barrie Cassidy, and present the program is an honour and a terrific opportunity.”
News of his departure emerged late last month, but was not officially confirmed due to questions over his contract at SKY.
SKY News Chief Executive Officer Paul Whittaker said: “David is an exceptional and highly respected journalist and one of Australia’s most insightful political interviewers.
“During his nineteen-year tenure with SKY News David spearheaded the growth of SKY News from humble beginnings into Australia’s leader in political news and national affairs coverage.
“David has been instrumental in developing our Canberra bureau into the editorial powerhouse it is today, together with Chief Political Reporter Kieran Gilbert and Political Reporter Laura Jayes.
“His highly decorated career has seen him chosen to host Leaders’ debates and forums at the last six federal elections, as well as cover the last four US presidential elections.
“His outstanding political reporting and excellence in broadcast journalism has been recognised with a host of prestigious industry awards including two Walkley Awards, an AACTA Subscription Television Award, a Kennedy Award and ten ASTRA Awards. David and the SKY News Political team were also recognised with a Walkley and Logie Award for outstanding coverage of the 2016 federal election.
“I’d like to thank David for his outstanding contribution to Australian journalism and for the proud and important legacy he leaves behind at SKY News.
“From all the team at SKY News, we wish him well.”
Annabel Crabb and Fran Kelly will share the presenting duties on Insiders for the remainder of 2019.