Paul Barry, the award-winning investigative journalist, will return to the ABC's Media Watch for three months later this year as a temporary replacement for Jonathan Holmes.
Holmes, who has presented the media watchdog programme for three years, will begin a period of long service leave from August this year. He intends to return to the presenter's chair in February next year.
Barry's temporary tenure will be his second on Media Watch, having previously hosted the programme for a single series in 2000.
"It will be great to be back in the chair, even if it is only for three months," said Barry.
As a journalist and author, Barry has maintained a consistently high profile, having reported for the ABC's Four Corners programme and spent time on both Seven and Nine. His biography of Kerry Packer, released last year, attracted considerable media attention and angered friends and associates of the late media proprietor with its unflattering portrayals of Packer and his son James.
Barry presented Media Watch during the controversial tenure of the managing director Jonathan Shier. After he dedicated an episode to criticising the ABC's management and confronting the broadcaster's chairman Donald McDonald in an on-air interview, the programme was cancelled.
"The ABC management was horrified by the [McDonald] interview - and subsequently, my contract was not renewed," he told Media Watch's 20th anniversary special last year.
The programme returned in 2002 with David Marr in the chair, following the resignation of Shier three years before the expiration of his five-year term.
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