Questions about the future of The 7:30 Report are back in the spotlight after ABC managing director Mark Scott has confirmed its format post-Kerry O’Brien will have “a strong state-based element” next year.
ABC is committed to maintaining the show but an internal review is looking at everything from its presentation style to who will replace O’Brien when he leaves at the end of the month.
With much of the content up for discussion, there are no guarantees it will remain a solo-hosting.
Some ABC news staff fear the success of TEN’s The 7PM Project, US news satire The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, to a lesser extent, ABC News 24’s The Drum, may lead to a more casual, panel-heavy 7.30 Report next year. It is also said to be seeking a younger audience.
Questions also hover over the future for Stateline. News Director Kate Torney was a Producer for Stateline early in her career.
Scott will present the review’s findings to the ABC board in December.
TEN also plans to introduce state-based news at 6:30pm in 2011.
Source: The Australian