The Bolt Report: an uncertain future.
The future of Network Ten’s The Bolt Report is in the air despite assurances by host, controversial conservative commentator Andrew Bolt, via blog post this morning that “several options are being considered”.
The Australian reports today that News Corp Australia, which produces the show, may move it to Sky News, claiming that Network Ten failed to renew the show for 2016.
Bolt, in a blog post this morning, denied the program had not been renewed. “This is not true,” he wrote. “The issue is that my show is produced by News Corp, and several options are being considered which I can’t discuss and which I am thinking about. If anything, they involve doing more TV, not less.”
Network Ten denies it declined to return the show in 2016.
A spokesman for Ten told Mumbrella: “At this stage, a decision on a 2016 season of The Bolt Report has not been made, either way”.
News Corp Australia declined to comment on discussions around the Sunday morning political talk show; however, Bolt explains that, in part, he wants to reassess his workload.
“My preference meanwhile is to stop working seven days a week, as I have done for the past five years,” he wrote.
“Enough with that. Just what I will end up doing and in what form is something I am thinking about at long leisure as I saunter around the country filming a documentary for the ABC, something which has turned out to be such fun that I wouldn’t mind more of the same.
“One liberating factor is that I now don’t feel so much that I have a dog in the next election fight. I can do other things without feeling I am deserting. Or am I wrong? One more thing to ponder up here in Arnhem Land. Meanwhile, back to my copy of Enemies of Promise.”
Sky News recently shook up its schedule, adding journalists Patricia Karvelas, Laura Jayes and Matt Cunningham to its roster.