Both are tipped to front a bulletin rumoured for 4pm weekdays with The Daily Edition to be trimmed from 90 minutes to one hour.
The date for the federal election has seen networks scramble to adjust their schedules and newsrooms, including both 7TWO and GEM adding 7pm bulletins.
While Doyle has long been rumoured for a role on 7TWO and afternoons on Seven, she is finishing up her long run on Sunrise this week, whilst fighting off a sore throat. Seven was pushed to a 7TWO bulletin on Monday hosted “initially by Mark Ferguson” but Doyle is expected to front this within the next two weeks.
A revamped afternoon news is also expected to launch shortly along with unconfirmed change to the 5-6pm hour, which has underperformed in recent months. The 6-7 combo of Seven News and Today Tonight is expected to remain intact, save for the network’s view of a flexible hour when breaking news requires.
Meanwhile The Age has reported that Melbourne presenter Rebecca Maddern is unhappy at being “elbowed out” of the 4:30pm bulletin to make way for Doyle but was favoured for opportunities on Weekend Sunrise.
A replacement for Samantha Armytage, who moves to Sunrise, has still not been confirmed.
A Seven spokesperson the network was hiring more journalists at a time when other media was in decline.
“We are expanding our number of daily bulletins in response to changing lifestyles, viewing patterns and audience demands for more news,” they said.
“Our 24 hour News operation puts Seven in a leadership position – we will continue to drive change as technology allows us to get news onto more screens faster than ever before.”
But Seven News numbers have also been in decline, already having lost the year in Sydney and Melbourne markets, a trend it is no doubt hoping to address with a stronger lead-in.
Doyle wraps up a 14 year run on Sunrise on Friday.