Meet the Press (Australian TV program)

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Meet The Press
Meet the Press title card 2013.jpg
Meet the Press logo used since 17 February 2013
Genre Sunday morning talk show
Politics, News
Presented by Kathryn Robinson (2013)
Paul Bongiorno (1996–2012)
Hugh Riminton (2010–2012)
Deborah Knight (2000–2009)
David Johnston (1992–1996)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 22
No. of episodes 1,000+
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales (1992–2011, 2013)
Melbourne, Victoria (2012)
Running time 30 minutes (1992–2012)
60 minutes (2013)
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 23 October 1992 – 24 November 2013
Related shows Ten Eyewitness News

Meet the Press was an Australian Sunday morning talk show focused on the national political agenda, as well as other news, sport, and lifestyle issues since its 2013 relaunch.


Meet the Press was originally a radio and television simulcast between 3DB and HSV-7 in Melbourne. It commenced in 1957, the very early days of television, well before the simultaneous national broadcasting of programs was possible. The original moderator was Herald and Weekly Times journalist Frederick Howard. (The HWT then owned both 3DB and HSV-7.) The radio version was somewhat short-lived but the television program lasted for some time.

The current Network Ten version of the program is now hosted by former Network Ten news presenter Kathryn Robinson and airs on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. It has been running since October 1992. The program’s first guest was the then Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

Usually the format includes two guests – a politician and a guest who may be a politician or industry expert. A panel of two journalists join Bongiorno to question the guests on the week's political issues and news.

Prior to 2013 the Parliament House bureau chief and political editor Paul Bongiorno shared the presenting role with Hugh Riminton on alternate weeks.

From the shows beginning in 1992 until the end of 2011, the show and production was based at Sydney's Studios. In 2012, the studio production moved to the Networks Melbourne Studios ATV10 and with the change in format, production moved back to Sydney in the Fox Sports studio (owned by producer News Limited).

David Johnston was the original host of the program until Paul Bongiorno replaced him in 1996. Former Ten Eyewitness News Sydney presenter Deborah Knight shared the presenting role with Bongiorno from 2000 until 2009.

In 2010, Ten News's senior political correspondent, Hugh Riminton, joined the program to share the presenting role with Bongiorno.

In 2013, former Network Ten Breakfast news presenter Kathryn Robinson was announced as the new host of the show.[1]

In 2014, the show was put on hiatus and never returned.


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