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  1. If Ten wants to push a faaaaar left agenda, then George Negus is your man, I certainly won’t be watching. And did this happen before Packer took over, surely not, Negus sucks…!

  2. I think Jennifer has been out of the more serious side of things for too long and just doesn’t have that newsreader attitude anymore IMO.

    George good, Jennifer not so much.

  3. Interesting, George is not really the funky and modern image that 10 likes to project, but he does bring an earthed, considered and experienced persona to a new program. Alone, i can’t see him or it, any differennt from his sbs or abc shows. He works really well on 7pm project – watching the space…..

  4. @Kenny

    Why wouldn’t Negus be the Presenter/Auto-Cue Reader, pretty much what he does on Dateline now, fills in the story and cuts to the report., he’s not out in the field gathering stories now.

    Negus may have some Editorial control over what is shown and then present it and this may be the same deal he does with TEN (if TEN are as serious about this News Block as it seems).

  5. Can’t see George being just an autocue reader. He’s more likely to be a field reporter, but definitely more than a newsreader.
    “…speculation he will front its new 6pm news-based programme”. As Magaret Thatcher would say, “speculation by who” (or should that be “whom”?). Speculation by the uninformed playing guessing games?

  6. People who think it would be good for Jennifer to anchor with George – bad idea, dual presenters on half hour bulletins don’t work in the two biggest TV markets of Sydney and Brisbane. Single presenter is better.

  7. I agree if they got both George Negus and Jennifer Byrne presenting together at 6 or 6.30pm that would sure as hell scare the bejesus out of 7 and 9 and give them a good run for their money. Then they would really show they are becoming a more serious network.

  8. That was pretty decent of SBS. Kudos to them :) As for George, I think the money is playing some role in this move. I do love him on 7PM though (in stark contrast to Steve Price). To be honest, I probably won’t be watching the new news anyway (2 hours is way too much and Simpsons ftw).

  9. It’s all just a little bit of history repeating. 20 years after Ten tried a serious half hour news bulletin at 6 with an original 60 reporter as reader…

    Don’t tell me they’re going to call it Ten Evening News.

  10. Secret Squïrrel

    I’ve been a fan of George’s ever since the good ol’ days of Sixty Minutes (yes! it used to be good).

    “I can’t think of anyone who can fill George’s shoes.” – Depends on what you want them filled with.

  11. imagine if negus and byrne presented at 6pm together, that would really scare 7 and 9 (and probably hurt their audience)
    i really hope he doesnt leave 7pm he is the best regular guess they have on the show.

  12. IronicReference

    If they got Byrne as well they’ll have a pretty impressive line-up. I find Negus a little lacking on 7pm but perhpas in a more formal news format he’ll be as good as he used to be. It’s hard to dislike him.

  13. Ten’s definitely taking this news expansion seriously. Who knows, we could have a new leading news network in a few years.

    George Negus is definitely good to have on board but to host a news program? He’s more current affairs host/reporter than news presenter.

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