Derryn Hinch has confirmed he will remain as a host on Sky News Australia despite announcing his intention to stand for a Senate seat in the next Federal Election.
Hinch yesterday launch a new political party aimed at making changes to the judicial system. The Derryn Hinch Justice Party plans to stand candidates in all states and territories next year.
Speaking with this website, the host of Hinch Live said he would continue to host his weekend panel program until the next election is announced, but also confirmed he would depart the news channel once official campaigning commences.
“When an election is called I’ll step aside,“
Confirmed Hinch, who defended his decision to remain in the current affairs hosting role while also campaigning for his own party.
“SKY is full of politicians, former politicians etc. Sunrise had Hockey and Rudd as regular contributors and Pauline Hansen is also a regular”.
The decision is in stark contrast from the policies in place at the ABC, which requires all presenters to immediately stand-down once a decision is made to move into politics.
A spokesperson for Sky News supported Hinch’s decision to remain on-air stating,
“Sky News features many voices from across the national affairs spectrum whether they are past, present or possibly future political players.”