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Q+A Will Trial THREE Hosts After Hamish Macdonald’s Shocking Departure From Current Affairs Panel Show

Q+A will test three hosts after it was recently announced that Hamish Macdonald is leaving the ABC current affairs series after 18 months at the helm.

According to a report by The Australian Business Review on Monday, the program enlisted veteran TV journalists David Speers, Virginia Trioli and Stan Grant to share the host role.

Speers and Trioli will be based in Melbourne, while Grant from Sydney will appear in a new trial period for the show, which will run until the end of the year.

Handing over: Q+A will test three hosts after it was recently announced that Hamish Macdonald (pictured) is leaving the ABC current affairs series after 18 months at the helm

If the trio prove successful in their new roles, they will likely become the show’s regular hosts.

Things seem to be going well so far, with the new hosts already giving a much-needed boost in ratings for the program.

Q+A has also found that the new format has worked well during the coronavirus pandemic, with lockdowns often creating a sense of uncertainty among the public.

Jobshare: According to a report from The Australian Business Review on Monday, the program brought in veteran TV journalists David Speers, Virginia Trioli and Stan Grant (pictured at a memorial in Sydney in November 2020) to share the role of host.

Jobshare: According to a report from The Australian Business Review on Monday, the program brought in veteran TV journalists David Speers, Virginia Trioli and Stan Grant (pictured at a memorial in Sydney in November 2020) to share the role of host.

On trial: Speers and Virginia Trioli (pictured) will be based in Melbourne, while Grant will appear from Sydney in a new trial for the show, which will run until the end of the year

On trial: Speers and Virginia Trioli (pictured) will be based in Melbourne, while Grant will appear from Sydney in a new trial for the show, which will run until the end of the year

The program is filmed in front of a live audience, with The Australian noting: ‘Having three hosts in two cities also offers more flexibility’.

It also allows Speers, Trioli, and Grant to share the burden so they can all focus on their main tasks, each hosting just one show every three weeks.

Macdonald, 40, took over the role 18 months ago from Tony Jones, who hosted the panel program for 12 years.

New Appearance: If the trio prove successful in their new roles, they will likely become the show's regular hosts.  In the picture, David Speers

New Appearance: If the trio prove successful in their new roles, they will likely become the show’s regular hosts. In the picture, David Speers

He announced his departure from the show last week, leaving many fans and industry insiders stunned.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to conduct Q&A and work with amazing, talented and passionate people,” he said in a statement.

‘I am really proud of what we have achieved together in these extraordinary times. I also want to thank the incredible Q+A audience for all they contribute to this program each week. After all, it’s their show. Their questions and stories from all over Australia are inspiring, revealing and clever – and it was a privilege to receive and read them.”

Exit: Macdonald announced his departure from the show last week, stunning many fans and industry insiders

Exit: Macdonald announced his departure from the show last week, stunning many fans and industry insiders

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