Sky News Australia names Sharri Markson as new prime time host

Sky News Australia has named Sharri Markson as the new weekday prime time host with her show, Sharri. She will replace Chris Kenny from February as a part of the network’s renewed schedule in 2023.

Markson, who previously hosted the Sunday 7pm timeslot, will move to 5pm Monday to Thursday. While she was on maternity leave in the second half of 2022, journalist Erin Molan filled in the Sunday spot.


Kenny will debut at the 8pm weekday spot later this month in a new show, Chris Kenny Tonight, which will see him deep dive into current events.

Prior to his termination, broadcaster Chris Smith was tipped to host the 5pm weeknight slot from 2023.

Paul Murray Live will return to its old timeslot Sunday to Thursday at 9pm.


New talents joining in 2023 include former Queensland Senator and Sky News contributor Amanda Stoker with her show, Sunday with Stoker, while international broadcaster Piers Morgan returns to Sky News Australia with a weeknight spot, Piers Morgan Uncensored.

Paul Whittaker, chief executive officer, Sky News Australia said: “As we look to the year ahead, we will continue to bring Australians quality public interest journalism and a diverse range of news, opinion and investigative programming across subscription and free-to-air television, digital, social media, and audio platforms.

“As our audience expects, we will strive to tell all sides of the story and will not shy away from the broad spectrum of viewpoints on any number of issues which impact our nation.”

The full programming schedule:

  • First Edition with Peter Stefanovic, weekdays at 5:30am, returns 16 January
  • AM Agenda with Laura Jayes, weekdays at 9:00am, returns 16 January
  • NewsDay with Tom Connell, Monday and Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00am – 12:00pm, returns 16 January
  • NewsDay with Ashleigh Gillon, Tuesday – Thursday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, returns 16 January
  • Afternoon Agenda with Kieran Gilbert and featuring Andrew Clennell, weekdays at 2:00pm, returns 16 January
  • Business Now with Ross Greenwood, weekdays at 4:30pm, returns 16 January
  • Credlin with Peta Credlin, weeknights at 6:00pm, returns 16 January
  • The Bolt Report with Andrew Bolt, Monday – Thursday at 7:00pm, returns 16 January
  • Chris Kenny Tonight with Chris Kenny, Monday – Thursday at 8:00pm, premieres 16 January
  • Paul Murray Live with Paul Murray, Sunday – Thursday at 9:00pm, returns to the program’s heritage timeslot from 16 January
  • The Late Debate, hosted by James Macpherson, Liz Storer and Caleb Bond, Monday – Thursday at 10:00pm, premieres 16 January
  • The Front Page with Jenna Clarke, Monday – Thursday at 10:30pm, returns 16 January
  • Piers Morgan Uncensored with Piers Morgan, Tuesday – Friday at 11:00pm, returns in a new timeslot 10 January
  • Erin with Erin Molan, Fridays at 5:00pm, returns in a new timeslot 20 January
  • The Rita Panahi Show with Rita Panahi, Friday at 7:00pm, returns in a new timeslot 20 January
  • The U.S. Report with James Morrow, Friday at 8:00pm, returns as a one-hour program 20 January
  • The Media Show with Jack Houghton, Friday at 9:00pm, returns in a new timeslot 20 January
  • Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal and Tim Gilbert, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00am, returns 21 January
  • Sunday Agenda with Kieran Gilbert and Andrew Clennell, Sunday at 8:00am, returns 22 January
  • Outsiders with Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow, Sunday at 9:00am, returns 22 January
  • Business Weekend with Ross Greenwood, Sunday at 11:00am, returns 22 January
  • Sunday with Stoker with Amanda Stoker, Sunday at 7:00pm, premieres 29 January
  • Bernardi with Cory Bernardi, Sunday at 8:00pm, returns in a new timeslot from 22 January
  • The Royal Report with Caroline Di Russo, Sunday at 10:00pm, premieres 22 January
  • Sharri with Sharri Markson, Monday – Thursday at 5:00pm, returns in a new timeslot from 20 February

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