Hamish Macdonald quits ABC
“I’m really excited to be moving on to a new opportunity," says Q+A host after 18 months at ABC.
Hamish Macdonald has quit ABC after 18 months with the broadcaster, to pursue a “new opportunity.”
Macdonald joined ABC as Q+A host with some fanfare at the top of 2020, and also hosted the Reef Live event, filed for Foreign Correspondent, reported from the 2020 bushfires and regularly presented RN Breakfast on radio.
However Q+A has struggled to retain its ratings following a switch to a Thursday timeslot.
“I am enormously grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to host Q+A and to work alongside wonderful, talented and passionate people,” said Macdonald. “I am really proud of what we’ve achieved together during these extraordinary times.
“I’d also like to thank the incredible Q+A audience for all they contribute to this program each week. It is, after all, their show. Their questions and stories from all corners of Australia are inspiring, revealing and clever – and it has been a privilege to receive and read them.
“I’m really excited to be moving on to a new opportunity, and working more with the ABC in the future.”
“Everyone at the ABC thanks Hamish for the incredible job he has done,” said the ABC’s Director, News Gaven Morris. “At one stage during the lockdown he was presenting a live panel discussion program that wasn’t allowed to have either an audience or panellists in the studio. His experience and versatility came to the fore.
“Hamish has long been a part of the ABC family and we look forward to continuing that relationship when opportunities arise.”
ABC says with lockdowns continuing, Q+A will continue to be hosted where it’s possible to have a studio audience, with a rotation of presenters.