ABC Media Watch host Paul Barry reveals he is leaving the show this year

ABC’s Media Watch host Paul Barry has revealed he will be leaving the show this year.

The 72-year-old has hosted the media commentary show for the past 11 years and will host his final episode in December.

“It is a great privilege to host Media Watch and I have thoroughly enjoyed it,” Barry said Thursday.

“But I’ve been the center of attention for 11 years and it’s time to give someone else a chance.

He said he would “hang up the mic” at the end of the year, but that there was still “a lot of fun” to be had before then.

“Thank you to all our viewers. I’ll stay with you until December. And I’m sure the program will do great things without me.”

Barry was initially an investigative journalist before joining Media Watch in 2000.

He officially began his hosting stint in 2013 and was the longest-serving host of the show.

Media Watch critiques the media landscape across Australia in its weekly 15-minute time slot on Monday evenings, alongside shorter videos posted under Media Bites online and on social media.

Barry has shaken up the Australian media landscape with his provocative approach.

Not even ABC was safe from his analysis, with Barry often the network’s harshest critic.

A new host will be announced by ABC later this year.

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