“I never had the ambition in my mind that we would become the pre-eminent Sunday morning program. In fact, there is no program on daytime TV in Australia that reaches 500,000 and 600,000 viewers [as Insiders does now], and that’s surprised me.”
In the 50 years since, he has covered politics for ABC News and current affairs programs, worked as a correspondent in Washington and Brussels and, in the 1980s, experienced politics from the inside as senior media adviser to then prime minister Bob Hawke.
In an interview with Backstory editor Natasha Johnson, Cassidy reflected on his career and shared some insights on political reporting and interviewing. Here are some of the highlights:
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