David Speers becomes ABC’s national policy chief

David Speers becomes ABC’s national policy chief

Insiders host David Speers took on a larger role at ABC as the new national political boss.

Speers will have an increased presence in ABC News’ political coverage across all platforms throughout the week, combined 7.30 Chief Political Correspondent Laura Tingle.

The role comes just weeks after ABC axed its chief political editor Andrew Probyn, with news director Justin Stevens indicating the broadcaster didn’t need the role.

“David Speers is a highly respected political journalist and with his Insider responsibilities now based in Canberra on a full-time basis, we have the opportunity to make best use of his extensive experience throughout the rest of the week,” said Justin Stevens.

“The ABC plays a vital role in scrutinizing our federal politics and politicians and we plan to bring that coverage to more Australians across all ABC News features.”

This Sunday Insiders begins broadcasting from its new base in Canberra in a recently upgraded ABC Canberra studio.

“It’s great to have the program that is all about the politics of the nation now based right in the center of the action,” Speers said.

“As Australians struggle with hugely important issues like the cost of living, housing, climate change, the Indigenous Voice and many more, the Insiders the team will be in the field to help them understand how politics and politics are affecting the nation and people’s lives.

“I am also very pleased to have an expanded presence within the Bureau. The ABC Parliament House team is a powerhouse of incredibly talented and dedicated journalists. It’s a privilege to be a part of this team and I look forward to working even more closely with everyone.”

Insiders screens every Sunday at 9:00 on ABC and ABC News.