Steve Cannane and Julia Baird will host a panel of journalists, comedians, political and social commentators each week night shifting from 6pm to 5.30pm, in a new 30 minute format. ABC News Early Edition will shift from 5:30 to 5pm on ABC1.
The move will see the The Drum repeated on ABC News 24 at 9.30pm (AEST). It will also have a new set and a fresh look, reflected on its partner ABC website.
Director of ABC Television, Richard Finlayson said “The Drum has proved itself a favourite with audiences for news analysis presented in an entertaining way and I am delighted to be bringing this brilliant program to a broader audience. With Steve and Julia at the helm, two of Australia’s most respected and accomplished journalists, I am confident ABC1 viewers will come to view The Drum as must-watch television.”
Director of ABC News Kate Torney said “Executive Producer Lisa Whitby has built an impressive team and a winning format with The Drum – the program has a strong following and we look forward to expanding the audience through the move to ABC1. This change will also allow ABC News 24 to be even better placed for immediate live coverage of breaking news and events at that time of the day.”
ABC News 24’s early evening news programming will run from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Changes begin from Monday May 5th.