Sky News' David Speers, 44, is to join the ABC as host of Insiders in early 2020

Watch out, Aussie pollies! Sky News' David Speers, 44, is to join the ABC as host of Insiders in early 2020, after the departure of Barrie Cassidy, 69

By Nick Hadley For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 15:16 BST, 5 June 2019 | Updated: 15:16 BST, 5 June 2019

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David Speers, political editor for Sky News, is set to join the ABC early next year as the new host of Insiders.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday, both SKY and the ABC have confirmed the appointment.

David, a two-time Walkley Award winner, will replace outgoing Insiders host Barry Cassidy, 69, who will leave the program on June 9.

Watch out, Aussie pollies! Sky News' David Speers (middle), 44, will join the ABC as host of Insiders in early 2020, after the departure of Barrie Cassidy, 69, it was revealed on Wednesday

Watch out, Aussie pollies! Sky News' David Speers (middle), 44, will join the ABC as host of Insiders in early 2020, after the departure of Barrie Cassidy, 69, it was revealed on Wednesday

Insiders is ABC TV's flagship political discussion program which airs Sundays at 9AM.

News veterans Fran Kelly, 61, and Annabel Crabb, 46, are tipped to share the presenters' chair on Insiders until Speers, 44, takes the role next year. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday night, ABC director of News Gaven Morris praised Speers, saying: 'David is a terrific journalist and presenter, an astute political observer and a great talent.'

Serious business: David, a two-time Walkley Award winner, will replace outgoing Insiders host Barry Cassidy (pictured), 69, who will leave the program on June 9

Serious business: David,

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