The change in coming weeks is part of producer Steve Wood’s plans for TEN’s breakfast show.
The shift will end the remote bulletins at Federation Square and help boost her rapport with the show’s Sydney presenters. The widely-held view is that having Hafner on set outweighs any benefit from being seen to have a Melbourne presence.
It will be the second key change to Wake Up news after earlier abandoning local news reports, established by former producer Adam Boland.
Wood also plans to introduce a regular weather presenter to the team. That’s despite TEN recently losing skilled meteorologist Magdalena Roze, who was part of the Paul Henry-led Breakfast team.
Wake Up will however, broadcast from Melbourne during the Logies week, likely to be from Federation Square.
No date has been earmarked for the changes, with Wood keen to introduce them at the same time. In the ratings race, Wake Up is still struggling against three other shows, last week hovering between 35,000-50,000 people.
TV Tonight recently visited Wake Up and got an insight into how the show transforms Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club. Everything in the makeshift studio is portable, from desk, sets and lights, with the exception of the lighting grid.
Once Friday morning’s show has been completed, everything is packed away for the weekend, allowing the space to become communal use once more, until Sunday night when it is all transformed once more. The entire model is compact and economic in order to make the most of its eye-catching backdrop.