A Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight, “We remain flexible while these events are happening in the country. It is imperative that we have the time to report the News correctly.”
The Age is reporting it is officially axed as a stand-alone programme, and about to be rolled into a one-hour Seven News.
The Herald Sun speculates that Helen Kapalos could spend more time as a reporter doing stories and interviews for a range of Seven shows, including news and Sunday Night.
As Seven programmer recently Angus Ross told TV Tonight, ”That hour will be more flexible, depending on News events.”
Seven has committed to a one-hour news until Saturday on the East Coast.
The reality is Seven is undoubtedly keeping its cards close to its chest.
As we know Seven has been running its one-hour experiment incorporating TT stories and it is happy with the result. Nine also ran two 45 minute bulletins this week due to the floods in some states, followed by a 45 minute ACA.
So far the ratings are not reflecting these adjusted shows.
To compare a supposed TT figure (which is actually TT stories, Sport and Weather) with ACA (which was Sport, Weather and ACA) is hardly a reflection of what was broadcast by either.
Nor are these broadcast in all markets.
Current schedules for Seven through to the week of February 10 still include a half hour TT -but so have schedules for this week.
Even without the natural disasters continuing, all the signs nod towards TT being rolled into Seven News but the official line is still “no decision.”