As Sky News spruiked its 2017 line-up, including returning shows, one name was curiously absent. “Has Sky completely dropped [Chris] Kenny from the 2017 slate?”, a Crikey tipster asked, referring to rumours not all were thrilled with Kenny’s on-air performances.
Well, we asked, and he’s still going to be gracing our screens.
“Chris Kenny will be part of the Sky News line-up in 2017,” a spokesperson said. “His involvement will be outlined as part of the further programming announcements taking place in January.”
That doesn’t say whether his Sunday night show will return, or whether he’ll be one of Sky News’ regular rotating panelists. Still, now that Sky News is entirely News Corp owned we suppose it would have been odd — and certainly worth remarking on — if the network had dropped him entirely.
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Another fun thing in Sky News’ announcement from Monday are the exact specifics of Caroline Marcus’ new role. The ex-A Current Affair reporter and News Corp columnist is joining the network as an anchor and “political reporter for the people”. Which might leave you wondering who all the other political reporters are reporting for. Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos helpfully clarified that “her job will be to cover politics from anywhere but Parliament House in Canberra”.