GEM adds 7pm Nine News bulletin

By David Knox on August 5, 2013 / Filed Under Election, Programming 23

team_overton_lgNine has matched Seven with a new half-hour 7pm bulletin on GEM, to be hosted by Peter Overton (Mon – Thu) and Deborah Knight (Friday) throughout the election campaign.

From tonight at 7.00pm, Nine News will broadcast a special half-hour news bulletin each night on its high definition GEM multi-channel to provide more comprehensive and detailed coverage of the federal election campaign.

Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick, announced the new bulletin this evening, describing it as a natural evolution of Nine’s already pre-eminent news coverage.

“In 2013 Nine is Australia’s news leader, so providing our viewers with another up-to-the-minute source of information on the election campaign is just an extension of what we do best,” he said.

Mr Wick said the additional live bulletin – Nine News at 7pm on GEM – will be hosted by Peter Overton (Monday-Thursday) and Deborah Knight (Friday) and run nightly for the duration of the campaign.

“It will allow us to give viewers a more in-depth look at the issues of the day, with a watchable and relevant mix of information through live crosses, daily panels with different commentators and stakeholders, and a really good wrap of the day’s developments.

“Our people have worked incredibly hard to build Nine as Australia’s leading news brand, so this is another outlet for their skills which complements what we do in all our other bulletins.”


  1. dwuuuu August 7, 2013 at 5:24 am -

    really impressed with last nights 7p.m gem news coverage including the john howard exclusive interview

    well done !

  2. Vinny August 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm -

    Assuming the Electronic Program Guide is accurate looks like things will stay the same for the regional market of Rockhampton where we get WIN . No change on 7 two either.

  3. adtn August 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm -

    Commercial TV news in HD. Go Nine!

  4. carolemorrissey August 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm -

    I already have enough stuff to watch at 7 each night. I think I see enough news as it is.

  5. Stan August 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm -

    … And to top it off, Peter Overton looks exactly the same as Mark Ferguson!

  6. Daniel August 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm -

    @mistaken I definitely agree with you. Ten should definitely put a 6pm election bulletin into its lineup fronted by Sully.

    If successful the bulletin should continue post-election. Anything to get The Simpsons off the main channel!

  7. mistaken August 6, 2013 at 12:40 am -

    Come on Ten, join the part so we get Sandra Sully nationally.

  8. oztvheritage August 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm -

    The days of the main news anchor being paid an over the top salary to arrive at work at 4pm, go into make up, record a few news updates, read the main bulliten and go home….are over. Good to see!!!

  9. Ann August 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm -

    Smart move for people who get home after 6pm and want an unbiased News option on FTA TV

  10. AlexD August 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm -

    Two very capable journalists.

  11. tomothyd August 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm -

    GEM in Adelaide do not get this tonight because the Ashes will be starting at 7pm. There is no sign of it being played later in the EPG, but it shows it for tomorrow night at 7pm.

  12. David Knox August 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm -

    Josh I reckon you will know before me.

  13. Bella August 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm -

    If I really want to watch news I’ll watch ABCNews24 as I know that’s live. This is all just an overkill for me.

  14. alvar August 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm -

    @David Knox

    Yes that’s true, but they wouldn’t go live even if Perth was owned by Nine. They only care about ratings, and there are more viewers watching at 7pm than 5pm. Its a non-issue for Seven Perth, and they aren’t going live either for the same reasons. If they really were as serious as they claim to be, they would go live. But thanks for the dedicated updates :)

  15. Josh777 August 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm -

    David what does this mean for regional viewers who have ACA on at 7pm on Gem?

  16. DOGES33 August 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm -

    I be watching abc live news in Perth not gem or seven two not delayed news

  17. James August 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm -

    Wow! Poor Deb! That means on Fridays she’ll be hosting the Morning/Arvo News, then the GEM News and then W/Today the next morning… That sounds like a lot of work and little sleep. And seeing as though she is doing Today’s News this week thats even less sleep. Ouch…

  18. David Knox August 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm -

    Still owned by WIN.

  19. alvar August 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm -

    “providing our viewers with another up-to-the-minute source of information on the election campaign is just an extension of what we do best” – and in WA it will be up the minute news from 2 hours ago.

  20. mattrobts August 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm -

    Seven actually matched Nine…

    Nine announced the bulletin earlier than Seven.

  21. DaveM August 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm -

    Wow…that didn’t take long did it?

  22. David S August 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm -

    “Nine has matched Seven”. David technically Nine started this. But I do realise Seven sent out their presser first.

  23. Bogues August 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm -

    typo friday should be Thursday in the first paragraph.

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