The Friday Show

The Friday Show is an Australian television news and commentary program broadcast weekly on Sky News Australia, hosted by Rita Panahi. The show was a replacement of axed format Keneally and Cameron, and as such debuted without promotion, surprising regular viewers of the former program.[1]

The Friday Show
The Friday Show
GenreNews, Current Affairs, Commentary
Presented by
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
Running time2 hours (inc. adverts)
Original networkSky News Australia
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Original release10 April 2015 
Preceded byKeneally and Cameron

The series focuses mainly on political and financial topics, with various Sky News regular contributors and journalists discussing events of the week.[2] The programs airs at 4pm Sydney time on Friday afternoons, in the timeslot PM Agenda (now Speers) holds on other weekdays.

The program was broadcast from the Sky News studios in the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park and has news updates from a Sky News presenter every half hour throughout the show, however from 2018 is broadcast from Melbourne.

On 19 February 2016, The Friday Show marked the twentieth anniversary of Sky News at the beginning of the second hour of the program at 5:00pm AEDT, aligning with the exact time of the first broadcast of the channel twenty years earlier, by playing the 1996 opening introduction to Sky News.[3]

On 8 July 2016, while Perrett was on holidays, Kristina Keneally and Peta Credlin guest co-hosted the program. It marks the first time Keneally has returned to hosting the timeslot since the demise of Keneally and Cameron.[4]

Perrett was made host of late night program Heads Up from the beginning of 2018[5] which saw Panahi made host from 23 March 2018.[6]


  1. Knox, David (11 April 2015). "SKY News "resting" Keneally and Cameron". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. Markson, Sharri (13 April 2015). "Pollie combo axed". The Australian. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. "Sky News Australia first ever broadcast anniversary". Sky News Australia. YouTube. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. Knox, David (7 July 2016). "The Friday Show: Keneally & Credlin". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. "Ten Questions: Janine Perrett". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. Knox, David (19 March 2018). "Rita Panahi to host Friday Show for SKY News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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