Offsiders is an Australian television sport program.[1][2] Hosted by AFL commentator Kelli Underwood, the show airs live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am on ABC TV and ABC News.

A previous Offsiders title card
Presented byKelli Underwood
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons18
Running time30 minutes
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 2006 (February 2006) –

History edit

The show began airing in February 2006 (after Insiders, its news/politics sister show which airs on ABC TV at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings, and Inside Business, a business program hosted by Alan Kohler which aired on ABC TV at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings until its axing in 2013).[3] From 2005 until 2013, the show aired at 10:30 am.[3] After Inside Business' axing in September 2013, since 2014, it has been airing at 10:00am.[4] Episodes are normally 30 minutes in duration.

Barrie Cassidy was the inaugural host of the program and hosted from 2005 to 2013.[4]

In 2014, Gerard Whateley was appointed as host of the program replacing Cassidy.[4] Whateley remained as host until his resignation in January 2018.[5]

In February 2018, Kelli Underwood was appointed as host of the program.[6]

Reception edit

Paul Connolly of The Age praised the show, writing, "Offsiders" has a pleasingly understated feel about it, not least because it forwards the radical idea (these days at least) that you don't have to be a big name former player to have something worthwhile to say about sport. If anything, it allows for opinion unfettered by allegiances which, in turn, allows for a few well-aimed barbs and not just a "sport's great, mate" attitude."[7] In a negative review, The Australian's Lara Sinclair said Outsiders is "just a pale imitation of a sports program" and "Offsiders purports to bring the same level of challenging discourse to the sporting arena but there's no doubt Insiders packs the heavier punch."[8]

References edit

  1. ^ Epstein, Jackie (26 February 2006). "A complete armchair sports guide - Barrie serves up a treat". Sunday Mail. Archived from the original on 17 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  2. ^ Epstein, Jackie (4 November 2007). "Offsiders takes a punt on Kathryn". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 17 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  3. ^ a b Kalina, Paul (16 February 2006). "Beyond the boundary". The Age. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Knott, Matthew (9 October 2013). "Sunday morning shake-up: Cassidy mulls Offsiders retirement". Crikey. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  5. ^ Hinchliffe, Joe (1 January 2018). "Gerard Whateley leaves ABC to host SEN morning show". The Age. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  6. ^ Carmody, Broede (30 January 2018). "Kelli Underwood replaces Gerard Whateley on ABC's Offsiders". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  7. ^ Connolly, Paul (26 February 2007). "The ABC of cheap". The Age. Archived from the original on 17 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  8. ^ Sinclair, Lara (29 July 2006). "Television Guide - Sunday July, 20". The Australian. Archived from the original on 17 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.

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