Former 2GB broadcaster Chris Smith joins Sky News as part of 2020 lineup

Chris Smith’s next media role has been revealed, as he’s announced as part of Sky News’ 2020 lineup, hosting two regular programs.

Smith will host Chris Smith Tonight on Thursdays at 8pm and Chris Smith & Friends on Sundays at 10pm. Smith will join returning talent including Peta Credlin, Andrew Bolt, Chris Kenny, Alan Jones, Paul Murray, Sharri Markson and Rowan Dean.

Former 2GB host Chris Smith will be joining Sky News’ 2020 programming slate

Smith and 2GB parent company Macquarie Media ‘ended their working relationship’ in July, after rumours he was going to be sacked from the business. He will also host a summer-edition program, Chris Smith: Inside the News Live, which will air weeknights at 7pm from December 16 to January 24.

Not returning to the news channel is Derryn Hinch. Hinch, his program on Sky News, will wrap up in December. 

“We would like to thank Derryn for all his hard work and effort and look forward to working with him on a new project in 2020,” said a Sky News spokesperson.

Sky News is revamping its Sunday night lineup, with Sharri Sundays, hosted by The Daily Telegraph’s Markson, at 6pm. A new live debate program, In My View, will air at 8pm, followed by Paul Murray Live, which returns for its tenth season with a brand-new set and format, at 9pm and Chris Smith & Friends.

New in 2020, Kieran Gilbert will host Afternoon Agenda Live, a new political program. Gilbert will also host Sunday Agenda with new political editor Andrew Clennell.

In the lead up to the US Election, Sky News business editor Ticky Fullerton will host a new six-part series The Alliance examining the important role and impact of the US-Australian partnership. Fullerton will also return with The Australian’s media editor Leo Shanahan for another season of Business Weekend.

After the success of Sky News’ first locally produced documentaries Bad Blood/New Blood and Lawyer X: The Untold Story, in 2020 the channel will add to its documentary slate with anchor Peter Stefanovic for another two-part series. Further details will be announced early next year.

Sky News’ award-winning team of experienced journalists including Kieran Gilbert, Laura Jayes, Peter Stefanovic, Andrew Clennell, Ticky Fullerton, Ashleigh Gillon, Tom Connell and Annelise Nielsen will bring viewers unrivalled news and analysis across politics and business.

The Friday Show, hosted by Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi, has extended to three hours, and The Kenny Report will move to a new timeslot of 5pm weekdays.

Paul Whittaker, Sky News chief executive said: “We’re excited to announce our 2020 programming schedule which brings together the best journalists, commentators and broadcasters in the country to provide comprehensive perspective and insights on the issues that matter most to Australians.

“In 2020 we continue our significant investment across live breaking news, expert commentary and national affairs, as well as long-form investigative content, to provide viewers with an unmatched line-up of must-watch news and national affairs programs.”

Outsiders’ Rowan Dean will host Outsiders’ Guide To… with The Daily Telegraph’s opinion editor James Morrow and Panahi. Outsiders’ former hosts Ross Cameron and Mark Latham were dropped over the last two years after various on-screen outbursts. Panahi and Morrow had been filling in with Dean. The regular Outsiders will also return.

See the full Sky News 2020 Programming Line-Up (returning from Sunday 26 January) below:

First Edition with Laura Jayes and Peter Stefanovic (Weekdays at 5am)
AM Agenda with Annelise Nielsen and Tom Connell (Weekdays at 9am)
NewsDay with Ashleigh Gillon (Monday – Thursday at 12pm)
Afternoon Agenda with Kieran Gilbert (Monday – Thursday at 2pm)
The Friday Show with Rita Panahi (Fridays at 2pm)
The Kenny Report with Chris Kenny (Monday – Friday at 5pm)
Credlin with Peta Credlin (Weeknights at 6pm)
The Bolt Report with Andrew Bolt (Weeknights at 7pm)
Kenny on Media with Chris Kenny (Mondays at 8pm)
Jones & Credlin with Alan Jones and Peta Credlin (Tuesdays at 8pm)
Richo & Jones with Graham Richardson and Alan Jones (Wednesdays at 8pm)
Chris Smith Tonight with Chris Smith (Thursdays at 8pm)
Outsiders’ Guide To…with Rowan Dean, James Morrow and Rita Panahi (Fridays at 8pm)
Hardgrave with Gary Hardgrave (Fridays at 8:30pm)
Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal and Tim Gilbert (Saturdays & Sundays at 6am)
Sunday Agenda with Kieran Gilbert and Andrew Clennell (Sundays at 8am)
Outsiders with Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow (Sundays at 9am)
Business Weekend with Ticky Fullerton and Leo Shanahan (Sundays at 11am)
Sharri with Sharri Markson (Sundays at 6pm)
In My View (Sundays at 8pm)
Paul Murray LIVE with Paul Murray (Sunday-Thursday at 9pm)
Chris Smith & Friends with Chris Smith (Sundays at 10pm)
The Front Page with Peter Gleeson Monday- Thursday, Jane Marwick Friday and Saturday and Gemma Tognini Sunday (Nightly at 11pm)

*All times in AEDT


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