Axed: Financial Review Sunday

Deborah on Set

Nine and Fairfax Media have called it quits on Financial Review Sunday.

A Nine spokesperson said the decision to end the magazine show was a commercial decision.

The Australian Financial Review‘s Joe Astin has noted, somewhat wryly, “…the program struggled to be commercially viable – the main factors being defamation costs associated with the Rear Window segment and a class action launched after the screening of repeated CPA Australia commercials allegedly caused audience trauma. In canning the blockbuster production, Nine has now freed up enough cash to fund a serious bid pay for the upcoming AFL rights.”

Host Deborah Knight recently told TV Tonight, “When Meet the Press moved to their outsourcing they moved the whole production off the station and basically the newspaper was producing the whole thing.

“Whereas Financial Review Sunday is a Channel Nine production, in-house. We have a Channel Nine EP and Nine reporters, and we also have Fin Review reporters, who are involved in contributing to the shows.”

The show was due to return after Easter.

4 Comments:

  1. RightWingConservative

    The decision makes sense for Fairfax too, as they’re about to be the majority shareholder of 2GB which has its own business program at 10am on Sunday, hosted by Channel Nine personality Ross Greenwood. It would be silly for Fairfax and Nine to compete with their own radio show which they’ll probably network to most of the Fairfax Radio Network once the 2GB merger is completed.

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