TV veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley is believed to be the ABC’s pick to host its flagship public discussion program Q&A from 2020.
A tight-lipped Kennerley (pictured) said she had no comment to make on the speculation rife within the television industry.
“I won’t comment other than to say my experiences hosting Good Morning Australia, the Midday Show, and now on the Studio 10 panel have all given me an appreciation of how a host should maintain their objectivity and not jump to conclusions based on rumour, urban myths, or scuttlebutt,” she said.
“I believe my track record of appearing politically neutral at all times would be an asset when… I mean, if I were to take on the job.”
An ABC source refused to confirm the industry rumours, but admitted the program would undergo a major facelift.
“Well, that’s a clue in itself isn’t it?” the source said.
“I can neither confirm nor deny that Kerri-Anne will be replacing Tony Jones from 2020.
“But I can say that from the start of next year Q&A will be nothing like we’ve seen before.
“For starters instead of scrolling tweets across the bottom of the screen we’ll have comments about the previous week’s program drawn out of a barrel by Ker… I mean, drawn by the new host.
“Then we’ll have a wheel that Ker…. I mean the new host will spin every now and again during the show to determine what subject the panel members will discuss.
“There’s more, but right now I can’t talk in detail about the Q&A Dancers and the Q&A Big Band.”
The ABC source said the idea behind the Q&A revamp was to move away from the style of host epitomised by Tony Jones.
“We’re conscious of how partisan social media can be which is where we draw the bulk of our audience,” the source said.
“So we really need to change to a host who is happy to jettison their objectivity and jump to conclusions based on rumour, urban myths, or scuttlebutt.
“We believe a track record of appearing politically neutral at all times is no longer an asset for any host.”