ABC veteran Barrie Cassidy is likely to stand down as the host of sports review show Offsiders next year, with regular panellist Gerard Whateley the frontrunner to take over.

Cassidy's expected departure has been caused by scheduling changes following the ABC's decision to axe Inside Business at the end of this season. Inside Business is currently sandwiched between political analysis program Insiders and Offsiders, both hosted by Cassidy. Next year, however, Insiders and Offsiders will air back-to-back on Sundays from 9am. This would require Cassidy to shift instantly from politics to sport without the luxury of a briefing or the chance for a breather.