Southern Cross Media in Shepparton, Victoria, will soon drop the 6:30 TEN Evening News in favour of a new local show, Weeknights.
The regional affiliate will drop the news hosted by Mal Walden in Melbourne to launch a new local programme for local viewers. While it is a positive for regional viewers, it is a blow for TEN as it tries to lift the fortunes of the bulletin which is struggling to attract viewers.
Weeknights, to be anchored by Joel Crean (pictured), will include news, sport and weather with lifestyle segments for viewers in the Goulburn Valley: Shepparton, Deniliquin, Cobram, Euroa, Benalla, Seymour and Yea.
The show will be filmed from locations throughout the Goulburn Valley with journalists including Peter Cardamone, Dean Foscarini and Emily Whitham, and local radio personalities Alison Donnellan and Jordan Peters.
Leanne Hulm, General Manager of the Goulburn Valley Media Centre, said: “The launch of Weeknights is the next step in offering tailored content to our local community.
“This is a first- both for Southern Cross Media and the Goulburn Valley. With a combination of news and lifestyle presented across the half-hour, we’re doing something completely different- but entirely focused on and relevant to our region. I’d ask everyone to make the switch.”
Weeknights begins at 6:30pm on Monday March 21st.