REVEALED: Hamish Macdonald’s exciting new TV gig

The Project’s Hamish Macdonald has been announced as the new host of weekly news panel show Q&A.

The ABC announced the appointment of the popular presenter in a statement on Thursday.

“We are delighted to announce that Hamish Macdonald will join the ABC as the new host of weekly flagship discussion program Q&A and as a senior presenter across television and radio,” the statement says.


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It’s understood Macdonald will take over the top job from the start of the 2020 season in February, replacing outgoing presenter Tony Jones who has hosted the program for 12 years.

The 38-year-old says he’s looking forward to taking on the role.

“I’m so passionate about telling the big stories of our time through Australian eyes, for an Australian audience,” Macdonald said.

“This role will be a huge opportunity to make the most complicated issues accessible, engaging and exciting for all Australians, no matter where you live, no matter what you believe.

“I’m proud to join this great Australian institution and can’t wait to serve the audience by continuing the big and important conversations each week.”

 

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ABC news director Gaven Morris praised the appointment, saying Macdonald was one of the brightest talents in Australian journalism.

“Hosting Q&A requires a special set of skills,” he said. “It needs someone who is articulate and also a great listener, well connected, interested in everything and fully across news and current events at home and abroad.

“Hamish can do all of that and also brings his own brand of warmth and energy that audiences love.”

 

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Since the news this afternoon, people have wondered what it means for Macdonald’s current role on Channel 10’s The Project, where he has earned a loyal following.

According to the network, the popular panel show host isn’t going anywhere and will remain on The Project.

“Network 10 warmly congratulates Hamish Macdonald on his new role as the host of Q&A,” Channel 10 said in a statement this afternoon.

“Hamish is one of Australia’s most respected broadcast journalists and news presenters and is most deserving of this prestigious position.

“As well as hosting Q&A, Hamish will continue as a valued member of The Project family.”

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