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Hamish Macdonald has quit the ABC less than 18 months after taking over as Q&A host.
The 40-year-old broadcaster represented generational change when he replaced baby boomer Tony Jones, who had hosted the program since its debut in 2008.
Macdonald took over hosting duties in February 2020, just before the onset of the pandemic but social distancing rules meant the show for much of last year lacked a studio audience.
Ratings fell in 2021 as the program was shifted from Monday night to Thursdays, with viewer numbers dropping to just 224,000, well below the 600,000 level of 2012.
The ABC announced his departure on Monday with a statement praising his ‘outstanding 18 months with the national broadcaster’.
Hamish Macdonald has quit the ABC less than 18 months after taking over as Q&A host to disastrous ratings