Plans to permanently roll the show into an extended one-hour Seven News are scrapped, but the network does not rule out revisiting the format when major news dictates.
As Head of Programming Angus Ross told TV Tonight a week ago, “That hour will be more flexible, depending on News events.”
Subsequent media reports have varied between TT being axed to being merged with Seven News. Seven’s public position was it had not made a decision, leading many to question whether the network had not made up its mind or was simply keeping the opposition guessing.
Today The Age reports a new-look TT will be less sensationalist in tone and will have a new set and a segment called “You be the judge”, with Derryn Hinch.
“There will be fewer speed camera and washing powder reports,” the source said. “You’ll see more interesting profiles and stories about inspiring people. There’ll definitely be a change in tone. It won’t be highbrow but you will see less tabloid stuff.”
“However, we retain the right to be flexible in that hour of news and public affairs,” the spokeswoman said. “The hour-long bulletin worked very well during the floods and the bushfires and we could well do it again.”
Sharyn Ghidella has previously been named as host of a Brisbane edition while there are no plans to change locally-produced Adelaide and Perth editions.
Today Kapalos also tweeted:
Please ignore the ridiculous headline on an article about me in the Women’s Weekly. #tabloidcrap #setup