Chris Bath will co-host Sunday Night with Mike Munro on Seven.
Set to broadcast live each Sunday at 6:30pm, the new current affair show will ensure Bath has a national primetime vehicle, to capitalise on her success as Seven’s weekends news presenter in Sydney.
Bath wins the role ahead of the other hot contender, Natalie Barr.
“It’s been a while, so it’ll be nice to get back on the road. Great to do some longer form stuff, which I haven’t done for a while,” Bath told the Sunday Telegraph.
Mike Munro says commercial television has been lacking ‘true, fair dinkum, hardline investigations.’
“You can do the social issues, the star interviews, but commercial television hasn’t been doing enough investigations,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I miss being live. I miss meeting people. I miss the jigsaw of putting it all together.”
The show will be a mix of investigative reporting, high-profile interviews and what co-poducer Adam Boland calls ‘moment’ television. Early episodes will include a report on the ice drug epidemic and a feature on Coldplay. It will also include a live studio audience.
Munro, who has signed for one year, resigned from Nine in July but said he was contacted by Seven news boss Peter Meakin before he resigned.
“I resigned from Nine and wanted to give them three months’ notice deliberately,” he said.
“I wanted to do it cleanly and professionally, but Peter (Meakin) had called me – he is uncanny.
“He called me three days before I was about to resign from Nine to see what was happening.”
Late last year Seven dabbled with the timeslot when it produced several financial specials.
Sunday Night is expected to launch early February.