Negus confirmed for new 6pm slot

Updated: George Negus will joined by reporters Hugh Riminton, Max Futcher, Danielle Isdale, Emily Rice and Emma Dallimore on TEN's unnamed new show.

George Negus will front TEN’s new 6pm news-based programme in 2011.

His confirmation follows news of his exit from SBS at the end of the year.

Negus, 68, said: “It’s a tough time slot and entrenched viewing habits for a lot of people. I hope the reappearance of my estranged, some would say ugly dial, invading people’s living rooms at that time of night will encourage them to watch, not discourage them.”

The national programme will replace The Simpsons, which moves to Eleven, as part of TEN’s early evening revamp. The network will have 2.5 hrs of news beginning with TEN News at 5pm and ending with The 7PM Project.

ABC journalist Chris Masters has signed as a part-time editorial consultant.

“Chris is a great get. He will add the substance that they’re looking for at the investigative level. There’s no one better in the country to do that.”

The show will seek to give a more in-depth look at news, with panel interviews, longer stories and allow Negus to hit the road.

UPDATED: Joining the show are Hugh Riminton, Max Futcher, Danielle Isdale, Emily Rice and Emma Dallimore, who will remain based in the United States. TEN is yet to title the new programme but it has named its 6:30 offering TEN’s Evening News.

Negus remains with Dateline on SBS until the end of the year.

Source: Sunday Telegraph.

30 Responses

  1. @ Adam
    Why do you think shows like NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Good Wife, Masterchef, House, Glee, , Undercover Boss, Modern Family, Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, 7PM Project and Burn Notice, will make a difference this year, when they didn’t make one last year?

  2. Bring it on. I am so sick of the garbage on NBN (Nine) news here in the Northern Rivers Area and Prime Local News and A current Affair has lost me too – they should call that rubbish ‘Consumer Affair’ . Talk about mindless crap more focussed on shopping than real issues.

  3. “It’ll just be more infotainment garbage”

    The class of Hugh Riminton is giving me confidence that this won’t just be Today Tonight with a moustache.

    And if it does turn out that way, rest assured I will be on the Internet in minutes registering my disgust through out the world (Comic Book Guy).

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