WIN-owned affiliates in Perth and Adelaide will abandon their local hosts for A Current Affair and return to broacasting Nine’s East Coast edition hosted by Tracy Grimshaw.
Viewers in Perth and Adelaide have had local hosts of ACA since an Adelaide edition began in 2002, but it was short-lived. In 2008 state editions became permanent features in both cities with Louise Momber (pictured) and Kate Collins on the Bruce Gordon-owned network.
In a statement, WIN said today, “The current economic environment has forced a review of A Current Affair under its present operational format; an investigative team will continue to source local stories contributing to the national program on a regular basis.”
Executive Vice President of WIN, John Hatcher said “The A Current Affair team in Perth has done an outstanding job during the last 12 months and has delivered an exceptional program.
“The decision to revamp the format is a business decision and one which will enable us to provide our audience with a high rating, top quality current affairs show and will allow us to focus on our local news coverage with Perth’s own Nine News.”
Louise Momber is expected to take on a role as a senior reporter, with on-going presenting duties for Nine News.
Seven continues to have local hosts for Today Tonight state editions in Adelaide and Perth.
This story updates.