15 January, 2015. 13:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
“Australia’s most read journalist” will be taking a break from his venomous opinion writing in the Herald Sun for the next few months, to take up the chair as a regular panelist host on The Project.
Andrew Bolt will take a seat alongside co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Pete Helliar from Monday, January 19th, and he’ll be behind the desk on the Network Ten show until July.
Speaking today about the new format of Channel 10’s most popular non-reality show since The Simpsons, Bolt says he couldn’t be happier to be given another forum to “inform” the easily misled members of upper-middle-class Australia.
“There’s too much Labor-rot out there. The Project have been guilty of it before as well with those bleeding-heart pinko socialists that bounce on and off the panel… Waleed Aly, Charlie Pickering… even Steve Price is a bit too bloody liberal for my liking. As for Carrie, well she tries… doesn’t she?”
This will be the second Channel Ten panel that to be headed by Bolt, who’s hosted The Bolt Report on Network Ten since 2011.
A polarising character in Australian media, Bolt is a columnist and former associate editor of the News Limited powerhouse Herald Sun. He has also appeared on the Nine Network, Melbourne Talk Radio and very rarely, ABC Television.
In 2005, Bolt released a compilation of newspaper columns in a book entitled Still Not Sorry: The Best of Andrew Bolt – an obvious jibe at the fact that Andrew Bolt believes the Stolen Generation was a myth – and something that he is not “sorry” for.
Bolt is a self-described “conservative” but rejects the label “right-wing” – he puts this down to the fact that he only “half believes in God”, making him “agnostic”.
The Project, which is produced by Rove McManus’ company Roving Enterprises has been a “trial and error” program since it’s very first conception – eventually saving the long-suffering viewers by asking original host, Charlie Pickering, to move on in 2013.
While Bolt says he intends to adhere to the format guidelines of apolitical and unbiased commentary, he is very excited to provide an alternative voice on the panel, one that he feels is a “vehicle for left-wing propaganda, just like the ABC”.
“I just want to provide people with the facts about the environment, asylum seekers, the poor, women and most importantly – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,”
“I plan to use The Project as the perfect forum to rewrite Australian history and let people know what [I think] REALLY happened during this so-called ‘invasion’. It’s about time we stop lying to ourselves.”