Griffith University professor Peter van Onselen has been announced as Network 10’s new political editor.

A prolific and respected media commentator, Professor van Onselen will join the station from Monday 10 December, and lead its spectrum of political coverage for shows and outlets including 10 News First, The Project, Studio 10, 10 Daily and 10 Speaks.

Professor van Onselen said the new appointment is a “fantastic opportunity”, and expressed his excitement at entering the fray as the Australian political community ramps up for next year’s federal election.

“Queensland will be a pivotal battleground in the 2019 election, and the issues that come to the fore will prove a fascinating litmus test for the rest of the nation throughout the campaign and beyond,” Professor van Onselen said.

“I can’t wait to get started on working with 10’s roster of hard-working, insightful journalists. I hope to add value where I can by offering a fresh take in analysing the political machinations.”

In addition to his academic roles at Griffith and the University of Western Australia, Professor van Onselen brings a depth of media experience to his role at 10, having previously been a long-serving member of Sky News’ political commentary team.

A Logie- and Walkley-winning broadcast journalist, Professor van Onselen also acts as a contributing editor for The Australian, and has appeared as a commentator for the ABC and Nine.

In announcing the appointment, 10’s director of news content, Ross Dagan, acknowledged Professor van Onselen’s skills and renown.

“At a time when cutting through the spin is more important than ever, Peter will ensure we know exactly what’s going on in Canberra, even when the politicians might not want that to be the case,” he said in a statement.

“The addition of Peter bolsters our already-experienced and talented line-up of journalists ahead of what’s sure to be a crucial election.”