TEN is revamping its morning line-up by axing The Circle and retaining its struggling Breakfast show.
The Circle will air its final episode on Friday, as part of a new line-up of programming from Monday August 6th, including several US titles.
· The Talk: US weekday talk show hosted by Sara Gilbert.
· TEN Morning News: Hosted by Ron Wilson.
· Entertainment Tonight: Entertainment magazine institution, part of TEN’s CBS deal after Nine did not renew.
· The Insider: Spin-off of Entertainment Tonight.
From August 6, Breakfast will run from 6am to 8.30am, presented by Paul Henry, Kathryn Robinson and Magdalena Roze. TEN is yet to comment on rumours the show will undergo a further revamp.
In a statement TEN thanks Pam Barnes, the Executive Producer of The Circle, hosts Gorgi Coghlan and Yumi Stynes and show staff.
“The decision to cease production of The Circle is unfortunate and was not taken lightly. But tight fiscal control and cost discipline are a core part of our strategy,” TEN CEO James Warburton, said.
Network TEN Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery, said: “We appreciate the efforts and dedication of everyone involved with The Circle, including Executive Producer Pam Barnes.
“Network TEN remains focused on providing viewers with a comprehensive News and Current Affairs line-up from breakfast to bedtime, with Breakfast, TEN News At Five, The Project, TEN Late News and now TEN Morning News,” Flannery said.
The Circle has struggled since the exit of Chrissie Swan and Denise Drysdale in December, using guest co-presenters.
Beginning Monday August 6th:
• 6am to 8.30am: Breakfast
• 8.30am to 9am: Wurrawhy
• 9am to 10am: The Talk
• 10am to 11am: TEN Morning News
• 11am to 11.30am: Entertainment Tonight
• 11.30am to 12: The Insider
This post updates.