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PIERS MORGAN, JOE HILDEBRAND and ERIN MOLAN join SKY NEWS ahead of its bigger and better 2022 election coverage

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Australia’s best political coverage will see new faces and new programming join the slate in 2022.

Sky News Australia, Foxtel’s #1 channel for the second year in a row, today revealed its 2022 programming line-up featuring new hosts, new programs and a new primetime programming schedule.

NEW IN 2022

Joining the Sky News team exclusively in 2022, international broadcaster and fearless commentator Piers Morgan will launch his new primetime program. The program will also air in the UK and US as part of a global News Corporation initiative.

Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood joins the weekday program line-up, hosting Business Now with Ross Greenwood each Monday to Friday at 4:30pm, with a high-energy wrap of the day’s business, finance and economic news, just as the markets close each day. Ross will continue to host Business Weekend at 11:00am on Sunday.

Sky News also welcomes popular Australian journalist and media personality Joe Hildebrand who will share his unique take on issues big and small each Friday at 8:30pm with his new political quiz-style program The Blame Game

Erin Molan also joins Sky News in 2022 as Sky News Primetime Contributor and will play a key role across Sky News primetime programming. 

There’s a revamped opinion schedule, as the ratings juggernaut that is Paul Murray Live moves to an earlier timeslot of 8:00pm Sunday – Thursday. Paul continues his tour of regional Australia in 2022 with Paul Murray Live Our Town. He will also be on the road during the election campaign with his popular Paul Murray Live “Pub Tests” putting policies and promises to the test with the help of voters in key electorates.  This follows the unmissable line-up of The Kenny Report at 5:00pm, Peta Credlin at 6:00pm and The Bolt Report at 7:00pm.

The ever-popular Rita Panahi launches The Rita Panahi Show, a new primetime program bringing her thought-provoking perspective on local and international issues to viewers. This will initially be scheduled at 9:30pm Monday – Thursday, then become a permanent fixture every Monday night later this year, once the Piers Morgan program launches. Details of the Piers Morgan show will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Front Page with Jenna Clarke will also move to the earlier timeslot of 10:30pm, giving you your first look at tomorrow’s news even earlier.

Following on from another successful year of award-winning documentaries by the Sky News investigative team, 2022 sees a number of locally produced documentaries slated to air exclusively on the network.

These include MH370: The Final Search a follow-up by Peter Stefanovic to MH370: The Untold Story, which remains the highest-ever rating Sky News documentary. Sky News host Peta Credlin will present a new documentary giving you an insider’s view on what really goes on during the political party election campaigns ahead of the looming Federal Election. Erin Molan will host a new documentary focusing on online safety, an issue she has strongly advocated for which resulted in the passing of new legislation last year.

ELECTION COVERAGE

2022 will be the biggest year in election coverage yet on Sky News as we comprehensively cover the Federal Election, and the South Australian and Victorian State Elections.

With the Federal Election due by May, the award-winning team of Sky News political journalists including Kieran Gilbert, Andrew Clennell, Laura Jayes, Ashleigh Gillon, Tom Connell and Peter Stefanovic will bring viewers every moment that unfolds as we accompany the leaders on the campaign trail with insights from Paul Murray, Peta Credlin, Andrew Bolt, Sharri Markson, Rita Panahi, Chris Kenny and more.

We will cover the debates in marginal seats throughout the country which will be hosted by the Sky News political team and in a Sky News first, we have invited key independents – who could well decide the fate of the government to participate in a two-debate series.

Paul Whittaker, Sky News Australia, Chief Executive Officer said:

“In 2021, our 25th year, we continued to build on our record audiences of 2020, ending the year as the #1 channel on Foxtel and the #1 Australian news channel on social media for the second consecutive year.

“There are big plans for Sky News in 2022 as our team work to bring our viewers the most comprehensive coverage and insightful debate on the news and issues that matter most. Looking ahead, the news agenda is already busy. We’ll bring viewers unrivalled coverage of the Federal Election and post-pandemic Federal budget. There’ll be in-depth analysis of the health, social and economic implications of new variants of COVID-19. And we have some big events to look forward to, including the winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games to name a few.”

Sky News is Australia’s unrivalled 24-hour multi-platform news service provider available on Foxtel and free-to-air regional channel Sky News Regional. Sky News recently extended its reach following the launch of its premium channels on news streaming service Flash available to trial here.

SKY NEWS 2022 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

(From 23 January)

  • First Edition with Peter Stefanovic, weekdays at 5:30am, returns 24 January
  • AM Agenda with Laura Jayes, weekdays at 9:00am, returns 24 January
  • NewsDay with Tom Connell, Monday & Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00am – 12:00pm, returns 24 January
  • NewsDay with Ashleigh Gillon, Tuesday – Thursday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, returns 24 January
  • Afternoon Agenda with Kieran Gilbert, and featuring Andrew Clennell, Monday – Thursday at 2:00pm, returns 24 January
  • Business Now with Ross Greenwood, weekdays at 4:30pm, premieres 31 January
  • The Kenny Report with Chris Kenny, weeknights at 5:00pm, returns 24 January
  • Peta Credlin with Peta Credlin, weeknights at 6:00pm, returns 31 January
  • The Bolt Report with Andrew Bolt, Monday – Thursday at 7:00pm, returns 31 January
  • Paul Murray Live with Paul Murray, Sunday – Thursday at 8:00pm, returns 23 January
  • The Front Page with Jenna Clarke, Monday – Thursday at 10:30pm, returns 24 January
  • The Rita Panahi Show withRita Panahi, Monday – Thursday at 9:30pm, premieres 24 January
  • Bernardi with Cory Bernardi, Fridays at 7:00pm, returns 28 January
  • The Media Show with Jack Houghton, Friday at 8:00pm, returns 28 January
  • The Blame Game withJoe Hildebrand, Friday at 8:30pm, premieres 28 January
  • Hardgrave with Gary Hardgrave, Friday at 9:00pm, returns 28 January
  • Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal and Tim Gilbert, Saturday & Sunday from 6:00am
  • Sunday Agenda with Kieran Gilbert and Andrew Clennell, Sunday at 8:00am, returns 30 January
  • Outsiders with Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow, Sunday at 9:00am, returns 23 January
  • Business Weekend with Ross Greenwood, Sunday at 11:00am, returns 6 February
  • Chris Smith Tonight with Chris Smith,Sunday at 6:00pm, returns 23 January
  • Sharri with Sharri Markson, Sunday at 7:00pm, returns 23 January

All times in AEDT.

Watch Sky News on Foxtel and Sky News Regional or stream on Flash

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