ABC1 will launch its a new 5:30pm bulletin ABC News: Early Edition on Monday, February 4th (AEDT), a week ahead of the ratings game.
The half-hour bulletin broadcasts from the Perth studios, due to the availability of afternoon studio space, but will air right across the country. Western Australia will also have a live updated local edition at 5.30pm.
Presented by James McHale, it becomes the first national news bulletin to be broadcast on a free-to-air channel out of WA.
ABC1 Controller Brendan Dahill said: “We recognise the importance of news to our viewers. This is a significant move, further updating the news after midday. Lifestyles are changing, and introducing a new early evening bulletin reflects that change.”
It will also be simulcast on ABC News 24. Capital Hill will air earlier at 5.15pm AEDT on ABC News 24.