Broadcaster Indira Naidoo has been appointed as the new host of ABC TV’s Compass, launching the new season on Sunday, 19 March, 6.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

The popular journalist and author brings to Compass a sophisticated understanding of the changing nature of Australian spirituality and the ethical dilemmas we face. Indira will combine her new role with presenting ABC Radio’s Evenings program which airs across Sydney, Canberra and regional NSW.

Born in apartheid South Africa, Indira grew up in Tasmania, South Australia, England and Zimbabwe. She’s reported for and anchored 730 Report, ABC Late Edition News and World News Tonight on SBS TV.

For the past 13 years Indira has also been an ambassador for The Wayside Chapel, Sydney’s homeless crisis centre in Kings Cross.

“‘It has been through my connection with the Wayside Chapel, meeting a cross section of people from different faiths and backgrounds, that I have begun to explore my own spirituality more deeply, “she said.

Recently, Indira published her best-selling book The Space Between The Stars’ where she explored the healing power of nature following the death of her sister during the pandemic.

While Indira does not identify with any one faith, she’s eager to find meaning and connection – like many Australians are she believes.

“That’s what I hope Compass can continue to bring our viewers…. a broad investigation into how to connect more deeply and meaningfully with the land and with each other, “Indira said.

Compass is unique in Australia for its focus on religion and ethics- but this year will broaden that focus to newer forms of spirituality and bring a sharper journalistic lens to stories of social justice, an emerging scandal in the Catholic Church and the tricky interplay between sexuality and religion. With appearances from Jeremy Fernandez, Narelda Jacobs, Chloe Hayden and indigenous surfer and artist Billy Bain.

Compass is one of ABC TV’s longest running shows, airing since 1988, with legendary broadcaster Geraldine Doogue the primary host.

“Geraldine is one of the country’s most incisive journalists and thinkers so I’m delighted she will present a couple of specials for Compass this year, “said Indira.

Compass – Sunday, 19 March, 6.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Media Release – ABC