Rumours surround NRL Footy Show “refresh”
Is a slimmer, trimmer NRL Footy Show about to cut the fat from Fatty & co?
Nine’s NRL Footy Show is set for a “refresh” in 2018.
Yesterday Footy Show staff finished up duties triggering rumours the show may not return -that’s despite Nine’s Upfronts this week confirming a return with Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl Brohman.
Late yesterday Nine’s own Wide World of Sports site indicated “the format, look and feel and line-up is set to be shaken up” adding “appearing talent is still to be determined.”
“Nine will be broadcasting 23 Thursday night NRL games in 2018 and so the NRL Footy Show will have a new look and feel to reflect the games the audience have just enjoyed watching,” Nine said in a statement.
With modest ratings in its 10pm slot Nine may be weighing up the show’s costs, despite its continued NRL contract. With David Gyngell no longer CEO at Nine, the show has also lost a key supporter in management.
It isn’t clear if the changes could mean a trimmed down version, similar to The Sunday NRL Footy Show or AFL’s Footy Classified, with no studio audience, a slimmer crew and staff plus a big saving in production costs.