David Speers to join the ABC as host of ‘Insiders’

David Speers.

The ABC has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in Australian television: David Speers will take over as the host of Insiders in early 2020 after 19 years with Sky News Australia.

Annabel Crabb and Fran Kelly will share the presenting duties for the remainder of this year after Barrie Cassidy steps down on June 9 after hosting the Sunday morning political discussion program since its inception 18 years ago.

“David is a terrific journalist and presenter, an astute political observer and a great talent. He joins Australia’s best and most trusted political journalism team,” said ABC News director Gaven Morris. “We are delighted to welcome him to this key role as the successor to the great Barrie Cassidy.”

Currently Sky’s political editor, Speers will move to Melbourne to take up the chair at Insiders from early 2020, working with executive producer Sam Clark.

Insiders is essential viewing if you’re interested in politics and understanding how Australia is being led,” Speers said. “To be able to take over from legend Barrie Cassidy and present the program is an honour and a terrific opportunity.”