7TWO abandons 7pm bulletin
They began with the best of intentions but Seven & Nine no longer air 7pm bulletins on their multichannels.
The multichannel bulletin soft-launched in August presented by Melissa Doyle, but the last bulletin aired on ANZAC Day when it rated 62,000 viewers. Bargain Hunt now airs from 6:30pm.
Doyle, who moved from Sunrise to primetime, continues with the weekday afternoon bulletin Seven News at 4, plus correspondent assignments and last night presented the 6pm News in Sydney.
A Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight the 7pm bulletin impacted on the flexibility needed for Doyle to cover other assignments.
“She’s doing more and more overseas and is a senior correspondent working hard. So we’ve closed that bulletin down and all those resources are back in the newsroom. She has 4pm and other newsreading duties and senior correspondent stuff.
“Her role has been increasing on the road and that 7pm bulletin made it very hard.”
Recently Doyle has reported international stories including the Syrian Refugee crisis in Jordan, Schapelle Corby release in Bali, Oscars Red Carpet, Royal Baby birth in London plus Australian news including the Blue Mountains bushfires, Queensland Cyclone and Royal Tour across the country.
Nine, which also had a 7pm bulletin on GEM presented by Peter Overton, wrapped its extra bulletins last October.