The Nine Network has axed its 5:30 Brisbane-based lifestyle show Extra after an extraordinary 18 years.
The show, which has traditionally won the timeslot in Brisbane, has been dumped amid a network push to nationalise content leading in to its struggling news bulletins.
But the show has expenses which remain hard to justify given the network is revamping its national afternoon schedule.
Around 20 staff working on the program were shocked by the news yesterday, learning that Friday week will be the show’s last edition.
Nine’s Brisbane news director Lee Anderson reportedly told staff most would be re-absorbed by the newsroom, although the fate of host Heather Foord is unclear, who replaced Jillian Whiting last December is unclear.
The Brisbane based show was born at the same time as state-based editions in Sydney and Melbourne nearly 18 years ago. Others did not survive.
Nine’s Sydney-based magazine show This Afternoon, hosted by Andrew Daddo and Katrina Blowers, which will run for an hour from 4.30pm and to be followed by Hot Seat in the 5:30pm slot.
Source: Courier Mail