Seven Network has announced Seven News in Melbourne will air on 7TWO at 6pm for the first time ever on Saturday September 22.
The move allows an AFL Preliminary Final involving Hawthorn and either Adelaide or Fremantle to be played at 5.15pm on Seven.
Then following the AFL Preliminary Final, Seven News will deliver an updated bulletin on Seven at 8pm.
Seven Melbourne Managing Director Lewis Martin said: “We know news and AFL are critical to our Melbourne viewers and with the beauty of multi-channelling, viewers get the best of both worlds.
“We understand the scheduling challenges for this match around stadium availability in Sydney and have been happy to accommodate the best possible outcome for teams, fans and viewers with this historic first for Seven News.”
Melbourne Broadcast times:
Saturday September 22
First AFL Preliminary Final: Hawthorn v Winner Adelaide/Fremantle – 4pm on Seven
7 News – 6pm on 7TWO
7 News – 8pm on Seven
AFL Preliminary Final Post-Match – 8pm on 7mate
Other states to be advised.