The Bolt Project: Ten recruits right-wing “saviour” to tackle ratings slump

The Bolt Project: Ten recruits right-wing “saviour” to tackle ratings slump

15 January, 2015. 13:15

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Conservative writer and social commentator, Andrew Bolt, has been summoned to bring a "sensible" element to Channel 10's The Project
Conservative writer and social commentator, Andrew Bolt, has been summoned to bring a “sensible” element to Channel 10’s The Project

“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.

Network Ten's flaunts a woeful line-up on the debut  episode of what was formerly known as The 7pm Project
Network Ten flaunts a woeful line-up on the debut episode of what was formerly known as The 7pm Project. SOURCE: Network 10.

“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.

A defeated and disheveled Andrew Bolt leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne after being found guilty of Racial Vilification
A defeated and disheveled Andrew Bolt leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne after being found guilty of racial vilification. SOURCE: NewZulu.

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”.

'Still Not Sorry ' the Andrew Bolt story. Described by many as "The Australian Mein Kampf"
‘Still Not Sorry ‘ the Andrew Bolt story. Described by many as “The Australian Mein Kampf”. SOURCE: Penguin Classics.

“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.”

41 Responses to "The Bolt Project: Ten recruits right-wing “saviour” to tackle ratings slump"

  1. Rob   January 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Someone please help me here. Andrew Bolt is a comedian right?

    • Phill   January 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I think that you are the comedian, and possible a clown also.

      • Sammy sparrow   January 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        All these people passing themselves off as intellectuals are typical of Bolt followers, easily led sheep.
        ” The Betoota Advocate is a satirical website, run by a couple of unemployed Sydney journalism graduates “

  2. Chris   January 16, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Excellent! About time there was some balance on that show, I might actually start watching it again. The Project has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Labor party and the Greens. Charlie Pickering was by far the worst for making it his personal political soap box. Bolt is a very smart man and will certainly do a far better job at getting the truth out there on the issues that matter.

    • Pockets   January 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Chris I challenge you to research the veracity of what Bolt preaches.

    • Steve   January 17, 2015 at 1:36 am

      I agree, the project is back on the watching list for me

    • jbirdie   January 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm


  3. ryan brown   January 16, 2015 at 2:06 am

    wow this is real funny. i remember i won the school literature award in grade 3 by writing something like this. i think i got a trophy. glad the beeroot advocate is sponsoring preschool level journalism. i support this

    • Pete   January 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Judging by your punctuation, grammar and lack of capitalisation, it seems your grade three award is still current.

  4. MickRWC   January 16, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I’m all for AB on the Project. Not sure if this article is a hoax tho.

  5. PC   January 16, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Good decision Channel Ten. Get some decent respectable opinions on the show. Carrie and Charlie have used the Panel to shoved their uppity opinions on to Australians without any form of fact checking or consequence. Now the adults will be in charge. Good on ya Bolt!

  6. N   January 16, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Andrew Bolt is one a the few Journalists with integrity, there is no Global waring, AGW is a giant con and lie and no one can show any proof that its real, the World Ocean is not rising up, it has not risen up more than one CM in a hundred years yet there they are, they doomsayers talking about a rise of 15 meters, how can they face the mirror in the morning while telling such lies to the World, AGW is a con where some people are making Millions so why would they not go out and say what they do say, its a shame that none of their predictions have come true or ever even looked like they will come true, chicken Little stuff, Andrew has the courage of his convictions, to go out and say it, say the truth when so many will not. N

    • Alex   January 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      People with a mindset like yours make my head hurt. How can you possibly believe there is no global warming? THE POLAR ICE CAPS ARE MELTING AND THERE IS A GREAT BIG HOLE IN THE OZONE LAYER. All because of our carbon emissions, which are trapping some of the sun’s rays on the planet, causing it to heat up. Carbon emissions are bad. Can you not see that? Take China for instance – the majority of the time, in their capital cities, there is that much smog, that you can barely see around you, and the chemicals in the air are incredibly hazardous, and has been compared to be like a nuclear winter in that it is having serious negative effects on all living things in the country. This world needs to clean it’s act up and stop living a lie that “global warming isn’t real”. Seriously wake up to yourself and actually do some research into the matter. Stop believing all the bullshit that Abbott and all those Lieberal nutjobs have been feeding you. They only want what’s best for the rich fat cats that own major factories and other industries in this country. They have never wanted anything good for the normal citizens of Australia.

      • N   January 17, 2015 at 5:02 am

        So Alex your a Kool Aid Drinker so like the idiots in Jones Town you want to drink the Kool Aid and you are sure that the Aliens are coming and they are going to take you to a special planet, someone who just believes whatever BS he gets told, there is more Arctic ice than there ever was, the arctic/antarctic ice packer is bigger not smaller today the AGW true believers keep saying that the ice is melting so when the fools when down there to prove that the ice was gone they got trapped in a Ice Pack that was so large three Ice Breakers could not get them out so we have now heard nothing more from that idiot, all the proof says that the Ice Pack is larger than its ever been and not smaller, they keep saying that the Polar Bears are all dying, and they are not, NASA says the World has not heated for over 19 years now and the facts suggest that the World is actually cooling slightly yet the AGW Fools just go out on the news and say their doom and gloom crap and you read it and Believe it all, Al Gore said that all the Arctic ice would be gone, and he predicted that it would all be gone years ago so today, if Al is not a lying scum bag out to con a few millions from fools like you, then there should be no ice yet there is more than there ever was, there is no Global Warming and only idiots believe scary bedtime stories, the World is not hotter, it summer in Australia and in Summer it gets hotter, soon it will be winter again and the Southern Hemisphere will get cooler again and that’s called the Weather Cycle, years ago then The AGW Idiots predicted that soon Children would never see snow again and never know what it looked like, Bwahahahahahaha, this is the crap they say, in England, Europe, the USA, all of the World then there has been more snow and Ice, unparallelled Blizzards, than there has even been, so don’t you watch the news? I will believe when they get just one of their predictions right, and seeing that you are so gullible then I have some prime real estate for sale, Ocean views from Bathurst NSW, be worth millions before you know it so you should snap it up while you can gets some, only a few block left. Why don’t you do your own honest research, James Lovelock recanted, Lovelock coined the Word ‘Gaia’ he also said that the only humans that would be able to breed would have to live in the warm arctic regions, in the end then he recanted that crap and he said that enough time had passed to show some Global Warming and the only thing that the passing of time had proved was that all the Computer AGW models are wrong, he said “all of the Models are wrong” so you must have missed that news story, were you hiding under the bed? none of them predict the truth, when you do your own honest research then you will find out that there is no Global Warming and you have been conned and only idiots believe that there is AGW.

        • joshp   January 18, 2015 at 8:17 am


  7. Ian Sutton   January 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

    At last channel 10 is going to have a genuine oppersition spokes person on policy matters. For far too long 10 has been a left leaning voice. Now there just might be some balance

  8. John of Taralga   January 16, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Some form of sanity on “The Project” would be most welcome! A platform that doesn’t cater to the “Gimme” mentality that seems to have morphed into this country! A fair go seems to have been interpreted into I will use everything I can get off the government and people so I do not have to be responsible for myself or my kids! As a taxpaying Australian I find this attitude offensive, the handouts to politicians in my country and Public servants equally offensive! I only hope Andrew’s resolve doesn’t fade with this new adventure and he can be heard! We need more patriots, not more freeloaders!

  9. Neringa Buller   January 16, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I’m really excited that Andrew Bolt will be there as a voice of reason to balance out the vapid left winger “comedians”.

  10. helen   January 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

    The upper classes like Malcolm Turnball who think he’s unhinged right?

    Watching Waleed Aly and Bolt together will be hilarious….

    What’s the desperation to put in a white collar criminal like Bolt at Ten?

    Strange decision.

  11. Jonathan   January 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Excellent. I’ll start watching again now.

  12. scott lawson   January 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

    i might start watching the Project now

    • Renata   January 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      About time, what a great idea! The rating might go up for Project – well done channel 10!

  13. Elisabeth Rosentreter   January 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I am soooooooooo loking forward to him putting those leftards into place. !!!

  14. Brett   January 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Great move 10. The more exposure AB gets the more people can actually make a decision on the rhetoric he spouts. Personally I won’t be able to watch the show for very long with him on it but good on you for being bold and getting some political discussion going in our country.

  15. Al   January 16, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The old panel should wear red arm bands so we don’t have to keep guessing which ones are socialists.
    But with Bolt there’ll finally someone to balance out the communistic ‘comedian’ circus.
    I haven’t bothered watching this show anymore but I’m going to have to set the TV to record for this.

  16. Annemarie Hasemann   January 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    We dont watch the project! Now we will !! Cant wait!

  17. Peter   January 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I wonder which other ailing shows could have life breathed back into them by appearances by Andrew Bolt. Certainly the ABC 7.30 programme, A Current Affair on Nine, and Peppa Pig could do with ratings lifts. Bolt wouldn’t even need makeup for Peppa Pig.

  18. carol anne cooney   January 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Iwill not be watching The Project now while Andrew Bolt is hosting he is an right wing WANKER

  19. peter migali   January 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    i might watch this show.

  20. Danielle   January 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Some of these comments are terrifying.

  21. helen   January 17, 2015 at 2:33 am

    He’s a faiked business man that tried to set up M.T.R in Melbourne radio and failed miserably

    He’s a very weird man indeed!

  22. zilzie girl   January 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Fantastic. I can now watch The Project and see some logic, sense and humour in 2015 instead of kindergarten level, bad mouth leftist bullshit that was the norm under Charlie Pickering and Waleed Aly. Go andrew.

  23. Greg   January 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    And I will stop the moment he joins. Most biased commentator I have ever see . Goodbye 10..

  24. andrew   January 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Andrew bolt is an oxygen theif and i hope he chokes on tony abbots cock

  25. Steve nagorcka   January 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    You have to be joking, Bolt is an ignorant piece of shit.

  26. jbirdie   January 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    were this to happen then I would call upon The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, 2GB and all the other bastions of Liberal Party propaganda, to hire some non – conservative commenrators to redress their extreme bias.

  27. Robert Withers   January 17, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    here we go again with all the vitriol even before the show has gone to air for the first episode. A major problem in Australia. Watch the show, or not, that is your prerogative, but at least be AUSTRALIAN and give it a go.!!

  28. Rob   January 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Excellent… I’ll now be watching the project. Free speech is a right and Bolt has the right to say what he wants….as does Waleed Ally. I find Waleed’s views disgraceful, but he has a right to air them. So does Bolt. But the haters will keep hating.

  29. Greg   January 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Well done betoota advocate, you break the scoop news stories every time! Great investigative reporting!

  30. john   March 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Tell me again, who owns Channel 10?

  31. Plus One   August 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I thought Andrew Bolt supported free speech…guess not when it comes to anyone else.


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