After nearly two decades, Jenny Brockie has decided to step down from her role hosting Insight for SBS.
Jenny Brockie said: “After a break this year and a lot of thought, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I care deeply about SBS and I couldn’t be more grateful to James Taylor and Mandi Wicks for supporting my decision to step away from my role on Insight. We’re talking about new ideas and how I might contribute to the network in the future.
“Hosting Insight for nearly two decades has been a highlight of my professional life. I’m proud of the work I’ve done and am hugely grateful to the talented Insight team and the many other fine people at SBS who’ve made that work possible. I have enormous regard for Insight’s viewers and want to thank them for all the warmth and kindness they have shown me. Above all, I want to thank the thousands of guests who’ve trusted me with their stories over so many years. It’s been an honour and a privilege to help you share your experiences.
“I’m looking forward to what comes next for me. I have no doubt Insight will continue to flourish and I will be welcoming the new host in 2021.”
Brockie has hosted Insight since 2001 tackling an amazing array of social, economic, political and human interest stories
In March she took time out from the show as the pandemic risk increased and extended the leave in June. Guest presenters have hosted the show across recent months.
SBS Managing Director, James Taylor, said: “Jenny is one of Australia’s most respected journalists and has played an integral role as part of our highly-regarded news and current affairs team. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Jenny’s substantial contribution to SBS over almost two decades with Insight, and for her award-winning body of work. Jenny has been instrumental in growing and refining Insight from its early days to become the world class forum program it is today, and we look forward to building on that success. Jenny will always be part of the SBS family and we’re hopeful she will return to our screens in the future.”
Newly appointed SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, Mandi Wicks, said: “Jenny is renowned for her curiosity and fairness, bringing a forensic attention to detail and a warmth that puts interviewees at ease. She has unearthed some extraordinary first-person stories over the years, delivering the high-quality journalism our audiences know and trust us for. Jenny will be taking a break, and while we are sad to lose her from Insight, we’re discussing opportunities and fresh ideas in the hope we can work together at SBS in the future. I look forward to working with the Insight team during its next phase in 2021 as it continues to deliver balanced, considered and intriguing debates, delving into a wide variety of topics with a fresh perspective.”
Outgoing SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, Jim Carroll, said: “It has been an absolute privilege working with Jenny over the past eight years. She is a class act and her intellect, gravitas and humour have made Insight ‘must watch’ television for Australians wanting to be informed and entertained on the most vital issues. Under her watch, Insight became SBS’s most successful and engaging current affairs format, and together with the team it has garnered an incredibly loyal following of viewers and a growing digital presence. Jenny’s capacity to earn the trust of Insight guests, allowing them to tell the most personal and sometimes distressing stories in a safe environment, was without peer.
“To me great television is often about memorable moments and Insight with Jenny has provided so many of those. She leaves an enormous and proud legacy.”
SBS will commence its search for a new host for 2021 in the coming weeks.