More speculation today that Seven will revamp its 6:30 timeslot with media claiming axed TEN presenter Helen Kapalos will front a Melbourne produced programme.
Today Tonight host Matt White quit on Friday night, and as TV Tonight reported last week, Seven is currently recruiting producers, reporters and researchers around the country.
Installing local hosts could be one strategy to try and lift Seven’s numbers in key markets, where TT has been trailing A Current Affair. Ironically, TT had its own local hosts before Naomi Robson became host in most markets.
The Sunday Age reports Kapalos met Seven’s Peter Meakin, last Monday in Sydney.
An insider also tells the Sunday Herald Sun, “Helen is obviously a strong face in Melbourne and they are keen to use her in that market because it’s a real weak spot for them at the moment.
“They seem to appreciate her, even if TEN didn’t.”
Rumours of Derryn Hinch having a role also abound. Hinch exited 3AW on Friday but has already joined Seven.
Meanwhile Helen Kapalos says her sacking wasn’t sexist, but badly handled.
“It wasn’t done in a spiteful, negative way, it was done in an insensitive way,” Kapalos said.
“I would have loved the opportunity to be able to thank viewers, to farewell colleagues, to properly pack up my office and belongings and wardrobe.”