ABC series triple j with the doctor is finishing after four seasons.
The youth show hosted by triple j radio presenter The Doctor (Lindsay McDougall) aired its last ever episode on Monday night on ABC2.
The sometimes-irreverent show included interviews, comedy, music performances, segments from Sam Simmons (The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote) and radio shows including Hack and behind the scenes footage from radio shows.
The Doctor hosted the show linking together various elements of the show. The episode which aired on Monday only indicated a 2009 final, not the end of the programme.
triple j tv, which superceded the former JTV brand in early 2008, will continue with music specials in 2010.
An ABC spokesperson told TV Tonight, “triple j tv with The Doctor will not be returning in 2010, however, the triple j tv brand will live on strong in the new year with a continued focus on the special events and live music programs that triple j tv fans love.
“The first of these will be Before Too Long: triple j’s Tribute to Paul Kelly, an hour-long tribute concert to Paul Kelly featuring many Australian performers including Missy Higgins, John Butler and the man himself, filmed by triple j tv at the Forum in Melbourne. It will screen on Australia Day, January 26 at 8.30pm, ABC2.”
Triple J TV’s excellent 2008 youth forum series The Hack Half Hour hosted by Steve Cannane has yet to return as a stand-alone programme. The show, which debated serious topics with young adults, was even nominated for a Walkley Award.
The Doctor is currently part of triple j’s breakfast show with Marieke Hardy and Robbie Buck but is believed to be leaving the radio show too. Lindsay McDougall spent 15 years as band member of rock outfit Frenzal Rhomb, before taking up duties with triple j.
ABC2 has had a tricky public relations time lately with younger viewers, following the dismissal of Good Game co-host Junglist. After initial statements about refreshing the brand, the broadcaster was forced to admit to behind the scenes issues being at the centre of his exit, when Junglist made public online statements which disagreed with the official version.
This week ABC also confirmed to TV Tonight that Can We Help? would be freshened for its fifth series in 2010, dropping studio segments and one of its cast members.