Stan Grant has been named as the brand new permanent host of the ABC’s weekly panel dialogue present Q+A.
Grant’s appointment follows a interval throughout which he has variously shared internet hosting duties with political journalist David Speers and ABC Radio host Virginia Trioli after Hamish MacDonald left the present to return to the Ten Network final 12 months.
Q+A has suffered a gentle dip in scores because it switched time slots from Monday to Thursday and long-time host Tony Jones departed this system in 2019.
Grant’s first present as permanent host will likely be an August 1, particular version of Q_A from the Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land.
“Hosting Q+A is a big duty. I really feel the burden of the viewers’s belief in me and this system. I’ll method my function with integrity, decency and humility.”
Reaction to the announcement on-line was swift and largely unfavorable, with many commenters taking challenge with Grant’s perceived trait of speaking over his visitors and viewers members.
ABC Director of News Justin Steven, nonetheless, stated Grant was a pure match to take over the reins of Q+A on a permanent foundation.
“With Stan on the helm we’ll proceed to discover methods to additional develop Q+A, together with methods to get audiences much more concerned,” he stated in an announcement.
Grant’s earlier stints on the helm of Q+A not been with out controversy, punctuated by an incident in March when he took the unprecedented step of ejecting an viewers member who vocally aired discredited pro-Russian claims concerning the invasion of Ukraine.
The transfer divided viewers and began a web-based debate over whether or not Grant acted to rightly protect the controversy, or disrespected the viewers member’s proper to an opinion.