Sydney viewers yesterday saw a new-look Nine News 6pm bulletin.
It follows a leaked email in April from Sydney News Director Darren Wick promising, “a brand new set in Studio One. This will be a bigger, better home for Pete, Fergo, Kenny and Jaynie. And it’ll have more impact on the viewers at home, helping to re-establish our 6pm as the must-see news bulletin of the day.”
The set features the Sydney Harbour Bridge prominently in the background, described by Wick as “a cutting-edge set. It’s a set that takes news presentation in Australia to a whole new level.”
“We’ve seen the commitment from the network and David Gyngell to the Nine News brand and the new set is just another demonstration of the importance of news and current affairs to this network’s battle to be No.1.”
Nine still has a long way to go in the Sydney market, last week averaging 355,000 to Seven News’ 438,000 on weeknights.
A behind the scenes clip of a publicity photo shoot on the new set at its NineMSN website.
Wick previously indicated This Afternoon would launch in June, a one-hour programme set to air from 4:30pm weekdays hosted by, “amongst others,” Mark Ferguson with reporters including Peter Harvey.