Insight host Jenny Brockie is set to be replaced after almost two decades at the helm of the flagship current affairs program by former ABC host Kumi Taguchi.
Kumi was announced as Jenny’s successor on Monday morning, more than a month after Brockie shocked fans by stepping down from the program in early October, after first joining as host back in 2001.
Kumi is joining the iconic SBS program from her position at the ABC where she was most recently host of Compass and a presenter and reporter for the broadcaster’s News Channel.
The veteran reporter says she considers the opportunity to join the longstanding program a once in a career moment.
“I am beyond excited to be joining SBS for my next adventure,” she said in a statement released with the announcement. “To be entrusted with a high-profile program such as Insight, with such a strong legacy of authentic storytelling, is an absolute honour.”
“Opportunities like this come around once in a career, if you’re lucky.”
The journalist is a famously hands-on reporter, having sailed in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 2013 order to report on the event live, and the same year also documenting her first marathon running around Uluru in the Northern Territory.
Kumi will first appear on Insight after the program returns with new episodes in 2021, and will step down from her position on Compass and with ABC News.
Kumi’s appointment comes after much speculation around Jenny Brockie’s replacement.
The long time journalist made the announcement she would be leaving the program on Twitter in October, clarifying that the decision to depart was her own.
“Some news from me,” she wrote on Twitter. “After nearly 19 years presenting Insight I’ve decided I need a change. Before anyone leaps to conclusions, I’m happy to say this is my call. I’ve loved my job but a break has made me realise I want to do other things.”
She thanked SBS Managing Director James Taylor and new Director of News and Current Affairs Mandi Wicks for ‘encouraging me to stay with the network’ but ultimately respecting her decision.
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