Kieran Gilbert to host Fox Sports Rugby World Cup coverage

Sky News chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert is to front sister network Fox Sports’ coverage of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The tournament runs from September 20 until November 2 and Gilbert will take a break from Sky News for the duration of the competition.


With the coming departure of Sky News political editor David Speers to host the ABC’s Insiders, Gilbert will be the network’s most senior political journalist. The Fox Sports work could be seen as a way of offering Gilbert career progression after nearly two decades of reporting on politics for Sky News.

Gilbert said in a statement: “My two great interests are politics and sport, so after 17 years covering politics I can’t wait to launch into some sport as well.”

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Fox Sports for one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world, working alongside Wallabies legends Phil Kearns, George Gregan and Tim Horan among others. It’ll be an honour and I can’t wait to cover all the action with them.”

Fox Sports Head of Television, Steve Crawley, said: “Kieran is a world class television host. He jumped at our proposition to host Fox Sports coverage.”

In June, Kieran Gilbert’s higher profile brother Tim Gilbert – former sports anchor of Nine’s Today Show – joined Sky News for new show The Business of Sport, which also airs on Fox Sports.

Both Sky News and Fox Sports are owned by News Corp.


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