Chris Kenny

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Chris Kenny (born 1962) is an Australian political commentator, author and former political adviser. He is currently a columnist for The Australian newspaper as well as the host of the twice-weekly Sky News Australia program Viewpoint.[1]

Media career[edit]

After the defeat of the Howard Government, Kenny worked as a columnist for The Advertiser, as a television reporter for the Adelaide edition of A Current Affair, and as a talkback radio host for 5AA. In January 2009 Kenny was recruited as chief of staff to then-Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull. Kenny was Turnbull's chief of staff during the Utegate scandal, resigning when Turnbull subsequently lost the Liberal leadership. After leaving Turnbull's office, Kenny wrote opinion pieces and analysis for The Australian, ABC The Drum and SkyNews. In 2010 Kenny was appointed General Manager, External Affairs, for transport giant Asciano, but left at the end of the year to return to media work.[2] Kenny has a weekly column in The Weekend Australian and Adelaide's Sunday Mail.

Kenny has appeared on ABC TV programs such as Insiders and Q&A alongside politicians and community figures. He has been a vocal critic of ABC expansionism and alleged bias.[3] Kenny also argued from July 2011 that Julia Gillard could not recover as prime minister, that Labor would lose and that Kevin Rudd could limit the extent of those losses. He clashed on television with former Labor leader Mark Latham over this analysis but was proven correct when Labor did return to Rudd and still lost the election.[4]

Since 2013, Kenny has hosted Viewpoint and Friday Live on Sky News Australia, which are both opinion programs. Friday Live finished on 12 December 2014, replaced by a second weekly edition of Viewpoint.[5] Prior to these formats, Kenny hosted Saturday Agenda.[6]

In September 2013, the ABC program The Hamster Decides broadcast a photoshopped image of Kenny having sex with a dog. At the end of 2013, Kenny launched defamation action against the ABC program involved and one of its hosts, Andrew Hansen. In April 2014, the managing director of the ABC apologised to Kenny for the incident, and expressed regret for "the delay in making this apology".[7]

Following the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis Kenny criticised[8] the #illridewithyou campaign and the refusal of many to accept the Islamist motivation of the siege. Kenny had been at the Lindt Chocolat Café, the scene of the hostage crisis, only minutes before it unfolded.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is a keen Australian rules football follower, having played at Reserve Grade level for SANFL clubs Norwood and West Adelaide. In 2014 he was appointed an official ambassador of the Adelaide Crows AFL club.[10] Kenny is the cousin of political journalist Mark Kenny.[11]

Published works[edit]

  • State of Denial (Wakefield Press, 1993, ISBN 978-1862543003) about the 1992 collapse of South Australia's State Bank
  • It Would be Nice if There was Some Women's Business: The Story Behind the Hindmarsh Island Affair (Duffy & Snellgrove, 1996, ISBN 978-1875989102) about the Hindmarsh Island bridge controversy


  1. ^ "Chris Kenny, Paul Murray in Sky News revamp". The Australian. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Turnbull hires Downer's former top adviser". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  3. ^ Kenny, Chris. "Looking for Budget Cuts? Try the ABC". The Australian.
  4. ^ "Rudd is Labor's last chance" by Chris Kenny, The Australian, 25 July 2011
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  6. ^ Knox, David (26 June 2013). "SKY News adds Friday Night Live edition". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  7. ^ Benns, Matthew (14 April 2014). "ABC boss Mark Scott apologises to The Australian's Chris Kenny over Chaser skit depicting him having sex with a dog". The Daily Telegraph.
  8. ^ Hashtag for an imaginary backlash
  9. ^ Sliding door tragedy of the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place
  10. ^ "Club Ambassadors" Archived 20 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Adelaide Football Club
  11. ^ Jeffrey, James (3 March 2015). "Cop the boots – That sinking feeling". Retrieved 8 November 2016.(subscription required)