Nightline has been axed by the Nine Network yet again.
The late night news service, along with presenter Kellie Connolly, will not return because the bulletin wasn’t cost effective.
Connolly has been offered a redundancy package.
“I’ve got more money for news and current affairs, but it’s a matter of how to spend it,” Nine News chief Mark Calvert has told The Australian.
“We’re re-opening the London bureau, which is expensive. I’ve put more people on A Current Affair and Today. We’ll be spending more on this federal election than we’ve ever spent before.
“Doing all that means we have to look at what else we are doing and say: is it paying its way? And the reality is, a program that’s on at the earliest at 11.30pm is only being seen by a handful of people because most people are in bed.
“The main battle for us, with Seven, is at breakfast, and between 6pm and 7pm, not in the middle of the night.”
Nightline was dumped in July 2008 after a 15 year run. In May 2009 the network resumed a Late News service before rebranding it to Nightline in November.
But the bulletin has struggled of late with no clear starting time, and frequently the victim of last minute network amendments. It has also not aired in WIN-managed Adelaide and Perth affiliates.
Nine will now rely upon news breaks throughout the evening, hosted by rostered reporters.
SKY News is believed to be interested in Connolly’s services.
Source: The Australian