Updated: An ABC spokesperson has today confirmed to TV Tonight that Lateline will be returning in 2017 with no changes.
Earlier: The future of Lateline appears to be in doubt after new ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie avoided confirming its return in 2017.
Speaking last night at the Wheeler Centre’s ‘New News’ event, Guthrie was pressed on whether the show was returning.
Without directly answering host Margaret Simons, she spoke more broadly about content within ABC.
“Is the mission of Foreign Correspondent to come up with a half hour weekly program? No. The mission of Foreign Correspondent is to explain what’s happening in the world to Australians and give it context and analysis,” she said.
“The way I think about it is it’s getting away from individual programs and individual output and thinking about it more as ‘What is our mission? What are we here to do and how can we do that effectively, and how do we have the dexterity to do that across different platforms -frankly some of which may not have even been invented yet? And to audiences whoever they are, wherever they are?”
Pressed on the question of Lateline returning in 2017, she replied, “I’ve given you the answer.
“As I said, it is about having the overall perspective of ‘What are we trying to do?'”
ABC will reveal its new and returning titles for 2017 on Wednesday.