ABC presenter Tony Jones has announced he will be stepping down as Q&A host before the end of the year.
After more than a decade in one of the nation’s most iconic TV roles, Tony Jones said he is “reluctantly” giving up his role, according to The Australian.
Jones will travel to Asia with former Four Corners host and wife, Sarah Ferguson, to accompany her in her new role as the ABC’s China bureau chief.
The 63-year-old presenter said: “I love doing Q&A,” adding “but going to China is an opportunity that is too good to miss”.
Jones has been a journalist for over 30 years, working on several ABC programs including Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent and Lateline.
He is also the recipient of four Walkley awards.
It will be the end of an era for Q&A, which Jones launched in May 2008 with former prime minister Kevin Rudd as his first guest.
According to The Australian, Jones is negotiating a few short features on Q&A for 2020 and beyond, which ABC sources say could mean up to 15 shows for him next year.
It is unknown who will replace Jones as Q&A’s permanent new host.
The prominent contender for the role is Virginia Trioli, who normally hosts the show when Jones is on a break.
If Trioli is unavailable, other candidates include: Ellen Fanning, Julia Baird and Annabel Crabb (both of whom have guest-hosted Q&A).
In this guest post, CTO of Wiise, Hamish Browne (pictured below), says tech’s new focus on privacy will lead to new rules and new ways of doing business for marketers… With the delicate balance between customer data and privacy in the spotlight like never before, the potential emergence of new standards and business models, is […]
Businesswoman, reality TV star, and social media personality Kim Kardashian has posted an ad for mysterious cryptocurrency Ethereum MAX [EMAX]. In a post on her Instagram story – where she has 228 million followers – Kardashian wrote: “Are you guys into crypto????” “This is not financial advice but sharing what my friends just told me […]
Great Southern Bank has launched a brand campaign this week, ‘Happily Clever After’, coinciding with its name change from Credit Union Australia, bringing to life its purpose of helping all Australians own their own home. The journey to changing from Credit Union to Great Southern Bank began back in 2020. When Australia’s largest customer-owned bank, […]
Nine has promoted Jo Clasby to the role of commercial director – publishing, where she will report to Nick Young. She was previously director of client partnerships – publishing. Her new role establishes her at the same level of seniority as Anthony Smyth, commercial director – radio. Smyth was promoted at the start of this […]
Hospitality giant Accor is shining a light on the joy of cities through its newest campaign, ‘Go ALL Out’, which launches in Australia and New Zealand today. The gateway to the ‘Go ALL Out’ campaign is ALL – Accor Live Limitless, a lifestyle loyalty program that integrates rewards, services and experiences throughout the Accor portfolio […]
Global affiliate and partner marketing firm Silverbean has secured new contracts with 13 major Australian brands and is now working to double the size of its Asia-Pacific team. Silverbean launched in Australia in 2019 and has seen steady growth through its work with retailers. Now, with 15 new brands joining the Silverbean portfolio, the agency […]
Tourism PR and marketing agency GTI has announced the appointment of longtime media executive Jenny Pham as its new general manager of marketing and strategy. Pham (pictured above) will lead the agency’s marketing division with responsibility for strategy, media and consumer marketing, while GTI founder and managing director Sarah Anderson remains as the day-to-day lead […]
Clipboard, a free professional networking platform for the hospitality industry, has announced it will seek to raise its next round of funding via equity crowdfunding platform Birchal. This will power its vision to transform the way the fragmented hospitality industry connects, shares experiences, markets and recruits. With a growing member database of over 24,000 hospitality […]