Instead, its weekly audience has grown to more than 1 million viewers, and it’s often the top-rating non-sports channel on Foxtel. I’ll be leaving Sky in 2020 after 19 amazing years. 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. “There’s a lot of noise and clutter in news so a well-produced weekly digest like Insiders works in that environment,” Speers says. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Additionally, he presented political updates and conducts interviews throughout the day on the 24-hour news channel. "You can't just stick someone else in his chair and hope for the same result. "But he will be there – eventually.". “At his farewell party, both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader said they couldn’t guess who he votes for,” he says. "Even with all those right-wing loudmouths who appear at night, management could point to him [when defending accusation of bias]. “I loved my time at Sky,” he says. Dinner-table debates with his parents – his mother held a senior role at the NSW Board of Studies and his father ran cattle-breeding operations – sparked his interest in journalism. Sources close to Speers expect the News Corp-owned channel to assert its contractual rights over their long-serving presenter. “Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said. Sky News political editor David Speers, right, will replace Barrie Cassidy as host of ABC's Insiders. “I loved my time at Sky,” he says. Speers began his career in Geelong, Victoria in the newsroom of radio station K-Rock. 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. It’s the biggest story in media, David Speers jumping from Skynews and moving to The ABC.He’ll host the Insiders Show which will move its production from the palatial ABC Melbourne studios to the press gallery in Canberra.This is where the biggest story of this move comes to life:What is the future of Outside Insiders, hosted by Bill Thompson? “She’s 100 per cent now and we’re very grateful.”. “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.”. 1/2. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen, Sky’s chief news anchor, Kieran Gilbert, says politicians from all sides respect Speers for his extensive research and tough-but-fair interviews. What about the countless times they’ve shifted uneasily as he’s mentioned the Bill Shorten rape accusations, and the near vomitous glares from Laura Tingle when challenged by a regular person on her lack of logic. Police raids on journalists: “It’s a worrying development not just for media but our democracy. There won’t be any radical changes though because it’s such a successful format and I don’t want to wreck that.”. The real story behind David Speers defection to the ABC. He is the highest paid presenter at Rupert Murdoch’s pay TV operation, where sources say he is on $680,000. One ABC staffer says the decision has been welcomed inside the broadcaster's Ultimo headquarters. “David is an exceptional and highly respected journalist and one of Australia’s most insightful political interviewers,” Whittaker said. Speers dropped everything to camp out by her bedside. [3], In 2000, Speers joined Sky News as a political editor. Police raids on journalists: “It’s a worrying development not just for media but our democracy. "He gave Sky News credibility," says media analyst Steve Allen. Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 11.50 BST. To be able to take over from a legend, Barrie Cassidy, and present the program is an honour and a terrific opportunity.”. 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. “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. “One embarrassing interview shouldn’t be the end of your career,” says Speers, who presents his first episode of Insiders on Sunday. “There’s a lot of noise and clutter in news so a well-produced weekly digest like Insiders works in that environment,” Speers says. ... [when defending accusation of bias]. On Friday, retiring Insiders host Barrie Cassidy all but confirmed Speers as his replacement. Speers dropped everything to camp out by her bedside. Former Sky News political editor David Speers is the new host of ABC’s Insiders. He gets interviews with pollies from Labor and the Greens who'd never, in a million years, go on Peta Credlin or Andrew Bolt's [programs]. “But it really depends on the individual because it’s not always an easy judgment to make … if we’re talking about unelected individuals that have expressed extreme views, you have to be very careful about giving them a platform.”, Politicians’ adherence to scripted messages, he says, is a growing problem: “Real people don’t talk to each other the way politicians talk to us with their constant self-promotion and denigration of their opponents. Sky News political editor David Speers, right, will replace Barrie Cassidy as host of ABC's Insiders.Credit:Meredith O'Shea, Alex Ellinghausen, "There has been no formal announcement and the bureaucracy gets in the way at times like this," Cassidy told ABC News Breakfast. [12][13][14] The awards were discontinued after 2015. Those close to the situation say Speers' defection is a "body blow" for the pay TV channel. "Management aren't stupid; they know David has a 'halo' effect on Sky. While former Nine Network journalist Peter Stefanovic may take a permanent role with Sky, he is unlikely to replace Speers as political editor. Here’s Why She’s Hopeful About Politics Today, Your Weekly Tarot Card Reading, Based on Your Sign. Welcome aboard, mate.". We go to the pub on Sundays, we take family holidays together – but even I have no idea which way he votes.”, In recent years, Sky has filled its evening schedule with conservative commentators: a strategy some critics predicted would fail. It happened in 2012 to Labor’s Bill Shorten, whose endorsement of a statement from then prime minister Julia Gillard (“I haven't seen what she's said but let me say I support what it is she said”) was likened to a scene from The Muppet Show. "I've heard a couple of people say, 'You could never guess David's political leanings from his interviews'," he says. There won’t be any radical changes though because it’s such a successful format and I don’t want to wreck that.”. “It was a terrible time and it certainly tested us but something like that makes you re-evaluate everything,” he says. You could never guess David’s political leanings from his interviews. 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.. [11], Between 2006 and 2015, Speers has been awarded with an ASTRA Award for "outstanding performance" by a presenter or journalist every year with the exception of 2010. Almost two weeks after Guardian Australia revealed the political journalist had accepted an offer to join the ABC to replace Barrie Cassidy, Sky News broke its silence and admitted Speers had resigned. 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. Speers to remain as Sky News political editor before taking over from Insiders host Barrie Cassidy, who leaves the post on Sunday, Wed 5 Jun 2019 11.04 BST 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. 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. He lives in Melbourne,[21] and is married to Liz, with whom he has two children, born in 2010 and 2014. 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. Hundreds of mourners pay tribute at funeral of traveller with 140 grandchildren. David Speers will be leaving Sky News for a larger audience and greater autonomy on ABC Insiders. 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[9] Speers regularly appears on ABC News, News Breakfast and ABC Local Radio including Mornings with Virginia Trioli on ABC Radio Melbourne.