The ABC has this afternoon confirmed a rather bombshell move in poaching The Project host Hamish Macdonald away from Channel Ten, for the absolutely plum gig of sitting in the Q&A host chair on a permanent basis in 2020.

Macdonald will serve as the full-time replacement for incumbent host Tony Jones, who has been slowly removing himself from the role he made famous over the course of the last 12 years.

Macdonald has served as a frequent fill-in host for the frequently controversial political town hall series, last appearing in the anchor chair late last month for the series’ special on the on-going drought crisis.

In addition to his new gig on Q&A, Macdonald will also make frequent contributions to ABC Radio with RN Breakfast, where he is already a familiar presence, while his TV time will be bolstered by filing reports for Foreign Correspondent.

Following his confirmation as host this afternoon, Macdonald issued a statement via ABC officials extolling the virtues of his new gig.

“I’m so passionate about telling the big stories of our time through Australian eyes, for an Australian audience.”

“This role will be a huge opportunity to make the most complicated issues accessible, engaging and exciting for all Australians, no matter where you live, no matter what you believe.”

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