After months of speculation, the new host of Channel Ten’s The Project has finally been announced.
The newcomer will join current hosts Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar after the Christmas break.
And who is it?
Channel 10 have confirmed that former ABC broadcaster Waleed Aly will be taking the chair next to Carrie early in 2015.
The 36-year-old will take the place of Executive Producer Rove McManus who came on board just six months ago to fill the gap left by the departure of Charlie Pickering.
A Walkey-award winning broadcaster, author and academic, Waleed will also be the first Muslim to co-host a major prime time television show on an Australian commercial network.
When asked what he thought of The Project, Waleed said he was excited to work somewhere that covered such a diverse range of topics.
“I love the range of The Project. I’m curious about everything. I know that The Project is very respected among newsmakers,” he said.
“I love Carrie and Pete as broadcasters and people, so I can’t wait to take the reins from Rove.”