Sky News has refused to deny that it is preparing to launch a new panel show co-hosted by Kristina Keneally and Peta Credlin. Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff has been one of Sky News’ biggest coups of 2016, with the ex-staffer providing insightful commentary as well as regular headlines for the broadcaster. Crikey understands that she is set to become part of a new regular program with Keneally, starting in November. Keneally, a former NSW premier and regular host on Sky, is also seen as one of the channel’s stronger performers, and the pairing is designed to bring a bit of extra spark to Sky’s many panel shows.

We asked Sky News about the program and were told by a spokesperson: “Sky News is looking at a number of new shows for 2017. Nothing has been decided yet.”

Jokes aside about the number of people who actually watch Sky, we would watch Keneally and Credlin go head to head.