Erin Molan has opened up about the tumultuous year that was 2021, declaring she is determined to make the next 12 months a time to remember.
The 39-year-old has endured a difficult year, separating from longtime partner Sean Ogilvy in September as well as dealing with defamation action brought against the Daily Mail over comments made on 2GB Radio in 2020.
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Additionally, Molan's father, former Australian Senator Jim Molan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer earlier this year.
Throw in the lengthy Covid-19 lockdown in greater Sydney earlier this year, and like it has been for many others, it's been a year to forget for Molan.
She'll have a fresh start as a contributor for Sky News Australia in the new year, having switched networks from Channel 9.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Molan said if 2021 had proven anything it was the importance of being able to share quality time with friends and family.
“I have always loved family more than anything else,” she said.
“But I think this year in particular, going through a family breakdown and having to do that without mum and dad or any family support close by, just reiterated how important it is to be surrounded by people that you love.
“And just for my daughter, to give her a family environment for her first Christmas since Sean and I have separated is really important and trying to give her as much normality as possible.”
She also added that her father had responded well to treatment since his cancer diagnosis in April.
Molan praised the medical system which had been able to provide her father with quality treatment quickly, giving the family more time to spend together in the coming years.
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Molan will be the new Sky News Primetime Contributor, while also writing a fortnightly column for the Telegraph.
“We are delighted to welcome Erin to Sky News,” Chief executive officer Paul Whittaker said.
“Erin is a highly respected broadcaster and journalist who fiercely advocates on issues of national importance.
"Her insights will add new context for our discussion and opinion programs.”
Daily Telegraph editor Ben English said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Erin is joining our stellar team of agenda setting columnists.
“Erin is dialled in to the issues that matter to our readers, and her sharp and provocative insights will no doubt get all of Sydney and NSW talking.”
Molan will reportedly continue in her job on 2DayFm radio.
Molan was supposed to read the Nine News 6pm sports bulletin on Friday and Saturday, however it was agreed she would not do so after word of her resignation was made public.
Since joining the Nine Network in 2012, Molan has hosted the NRL Footy Shows on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons, as well as anchoring coverage of Friday Night Footy.
The popular presenter announced in September that she'd split from her long-term partner and father of the couple's only child.
Molan had been engaged to homicide detective Sean Ogilvy since 2017, with the couple welcoming daughter Eliza together in 2018.
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