Queensland, beautiful one day, in upheaval the next.
In just 24 hours Nine’s long-running Extra and Weekend Extra were axed and veteran newsreader Bruce Paige announced his retirement.
Nine CEO David Gyngell confirmed last night that while most would be redeployed, six permanent staff would be made redundant. Another 13 employees on the programs are being moved into a range of positions, including the Brisbane newsroom, a dedicated southeast Queensland-based reporter for the Today show and another for the upcoming 4:30 show.
“But we have to get Nine back to being the dominate news and current affairs service,” he said.
Speculation suggests Extra host Heather Foord may go to weekend newsreading, which would allow Andrew Lofthouse to take over from Paige when he goes on July 10.
Paige told The Courier-Mail yesterday that a series of health issues in his family had prompted him to re-evaluate his TV career.
“A couple of serious operations in our family earlier this year gave me pause to think about what’s going on and what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Paige said. “Do I want to still be here (at Nine) when I’m 70? Probably not.”
If Nine’s new arvo show can get just half the run of Extra‘s lifespan it will be an amazing achievement…
Source / Photo: Courier Mail.