"Until we hammer out the contractual issues, any announcement is a while away," says one employee. Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone! I only lasted a few months.”, Social media: “There are upsides but one downside is that prosecuting arguments for genuine reform is much harder when they can be torn apart in a matter of days, let alone hours.”. A work experience placement led to a job at Geelong radio station K-Rock in the mid-1990s, followed by stints at Triple M, 2WS, 2GB and 2UE. Previously he was political editor at Sky News Australia, as well as host of PM Agenda, The Last Word and Speers Tonight. A croup infection left her struggling to breathe and when her kidneys failed, she spent almost two weeks on life support. If it scares off whistleblowers who want to bring information to the public, it’s a tragedy for all of us.”, The scarcity of Indigenous commentators on Insiders: “Panellists are typically drawn from the Press Gallery and there’s a lack of diversity in the Gallery … but as part of the ABC charter we’re obligated to represent multicultural Australia and we want to address that. Here’s Why She’s Hopeful About Politics Today, Your Weekly Tarot Card Reading, Based on Your Sign. "You can't just stick someone else in his chair and hope for the same result. “The beauty of it is that we could have these arguments and thrash out an issue on air.”, Better to challenge controversial claims than stifle them, he believes. Millions have enjoyed his videos and the awkward smugness of the Canberra elite as they’ve dashed from the studio into waiting hire cars, only to be stopped by Bill for a chat. | “I loved my time at Sky,” he says. Cassidy’s farewell show is on Sunday 9 June. On social media, all three congratulated their soon-to-be colleague. It takes years to cultivate the kind of contacts David has. [20], Speers' parents are Peter Speers and Robyn (née Cowled). Miserable misguided ghost Malcolm naively follows the Democrats mantra. It’s known as “getting Speered”: a term describing the fate of politicians who try to dodge tough questions from Sky News alumnus David Speers, the new host of ABC’s Insiders.. “But the opportunity to do a new style of journalism is what attracted me to the ABC.”, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, second from left, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, pay tribute to Speers during his farewell from Sky News. It’s known as “getting Speered”: a term describing the fate of politicians who try to dodge tough questions from Sky News alumnus David Speers, the new host of ABC’s Insiders. “There were plenty of views I disagreed with but that’s not the reason I left,” Speers says. Hundreds of mourners pay tribute at funeral of traveller with 140 grandchildren. David Speers Children David and Liz have two children, named Matilda who was born in 2010 and Olive, who in 2016 while aged two years old, was flown from Canberra to the Sydney Children’s Hospital and placed on life support for nine days following the onset of croup. He’ll host the Insiders Show which will move its production from the palatial ABC Melbourne studios to the press gallery in Canberra. and will need a certified copy in return. David Speers has pocketed $725,000 for his Alexandria investment pad. — David Speers (@David_Speers) June 5, 2019 “Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said. Speers dropped everything to camp out by her bedside. "Even with all those right-wing loudmouths who appear at night, management could point to him [when defending accusation of bias]. (“You've set a standard for people in this place for people to aspire to,” Morrison told Speers during a toast. Widely admired for his razor-sharp interviews with politicians, Speers has managed to keep his reputation as a fair minded journalist despite being the face of the right-wing channel. In a strategy dubbed "right at night", Sky has replaced the bulk of its evening news programming with conservative commentary. "Just look at Bill Shorten, who's made no secret of the fact he won't go Alan Jones' radio show. [4], During his time with Sky News, Speers hosted the channel's flagship PM Agenda program Monday to Thursday afternoons. He lives in Melbourne,[21] and is married to Liz, with whom he has two children, born in 2010 and 2014. [12][13][14] The awards were discontinued after 2015. This is where the biggest story of this move comes to life: What is the future of Outside Insiders, hosted by Bill Thompson? [3], In 2000, Speers joined Sky News as a political editor. Speers is also a fill in presenter for Michael Rowland on News Breakfast. Former Sky News political editor David Speers is the new host of ABC’s Insiders.Credit:Justin McManus. ), Gilbert adds: “David and I are the best of mates. [9] Speers regularly appears on ABC News, News Breakfast and ABC Local Radio including Mornings with Virginia Trioli on ABC Radio Melbourne. A big thanks to Paul Whittaker and @frangopoulos for the support you’ve given me, the top-shelf Canberra team & especially my ace producer @caitotaylor & great mate @Kieran_Gilbert who’s been with me for nearly all of it. We're the best of mates but even I have no idea which way David votes. The ABC has not confirmed Speers' appointment, but senior staff say it's "a done deal". The politicians I respect are the ones who have a tough interview but are willing to come back on.”, Speers is sitting on the back deck of his new home in Melbourne, a city he last lived in while working as a traffic reporter for Triple M in the mid-1990s. [16][17] Speers won the same award at the 2015 event (which Speers also hosted) for his notable "The Fixer" interview with Christopher Pyne on PM Agenda. We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. Two years later, then Liberal attorney-general George Brandis defended the government’s metadata retention plan with an analogy even he appeared to find perplexing. “He joins Australia’s best and most trusted political journalism team.”, There’s a bit going on at ours: David Speers joins @abcnews as the host of Insiders https://t.co/aNExx3yNUB. More than anything, it's a strategic loss.". David Gordon Speers (born 9 September 1974 in Inverell, Australia) is an Australian journalist and host of Insiders on ABC TV. The politicians I respect are the ones who have a tough interview but are willing to come back on.”, Speers is sitting on the back deck of his new home in Melbourne, a city he last lived in while working as a traffic reporter for Triple M in the mid-1990s. “When one word causes a lot of political grief. It’s known as “getting Speered”: a term describing the fate of politicians who try to dodge tough questions from Sky News alumnus David Speers, the new host of ABC’s Insiders. His wife, Liz, their two daughters and all their possessions are yet to arrive from Canberra so we take a seat on a wooden step. Doris Kearns Goodwin Has Profiled 6 Presidents. But on the same day then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull set a date for the poll, Speers’ two-year-old daughter was rushed by helicopter to the Randwick Children’s Hospital in Sydney. “Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said. ... [when defending accusation of bias]. “I loved my time at Sky,” he says. “I never miss it. Insiders returns at 9am Sunday on the ABC. While former Nine Network journalist Peter Stefanovic may take a permanent role with Sky, he is unlikely to replace Speers as political editor. David Speers one of the fairest political analysts we have. While other broadcasters adopt the performative style of a Crown prosecutor – an approach that invites accusations of bias – Speers simply asks his guests to explain themselves. Some Sky insiders believe Stefanovic will co-host a morning program with political reporter Laura Jayes. If it scares off whistleblowers who want to bring information to the public, it’s a tragedy for all of us.”, The scarcity of Indigenous commentators on Insiders: “Panellists are typically drawn from the Press Gallery and there’s a lack of diversity in the Gallery … but as part of the ABC charter we’re obligated to represent multicultural Australia and we want to address that. When he leaves with his little black book, it'll be a loss for Sky.". [5], He also previously commuted from his home in Canberra once a week to Sky News' primary studios in Sydney to host primetime program The Nation with David Speers[5] before the program ended in 2015. 'The Bachelor': Why Aren't JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers Married Yet? "The announcement hit Sky like a bomb," says one source. “There’s a lot of noise and clutter in news so a well-produced weekly digest like Insiders works in that environment,” Speers says. “It was a terrible time and it certainly tested us but something like that makes you re-evaluate everything,” he says. The ABC has confirmed David Speers will join the public broadcaster to host Insiders – but not until 2020 as Sky News has insisted he work out the remainder of his contract. As much as we want Indigenous journalists to talk about Indigenous policy we also want their perspectives on all issues from China to the drought to education.”, John Howard: “He was one of the early adopters of Sky and that was important for us because when we interviewed the prime minister, it showed other politicians we were a serious outfit.”, Traffic reporting for Triple M: “I was in a two-seater Cessna plane and being a young man, I wasn’t willing to admit my stomach was churning the entire time. As much as we want Indigenous journalists to talk about Indigenous policy we also want their perspectives on all issues from China to the drought to education.”, John Howard: “He was one of the early adopters of Sky and that was important for us because when we interviewed the prime minister, it showed other politicians we were a serious outfit.”, Traffic reporting for Triple M: “I was in a two-seater Cessna plane and being a young man, I wasn’t willing to admit my stomach was churning the entire time. Former Sky News political editor David Speers is the new host of ABC’s Insiders.Credit:Justin McManus. Cassidy – a former press secretary to the late Labor prime minister Bob Hawke – founded Insiders in 2001. Speers was chosen to moderate the leaders' debate between John Howard and Kevin Rudd for the 2007 Australian federal election[10] and again in the 2010 Australian federal election between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, as well as the 2013 Australian federal election between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. Sky News has been "rocked" by the defection of political editor David Speers to ABC – and could try to delay his move to the public broadcaster. In June 2019, Speers was appointed as host of the ABC's Insiders, replacing Barrie Cassidy from February 2020. David Speers is married to Liz Taggart-Speers. An ABC manager says Speers was hired because "he's respected by all sides of politics ... as the station became more right-wing over the years, he [retained the respect of viewers and politicians]".

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