ABC News refreshes schedule for 2018

ABC News channel has confirmed its new schedule for 2018, which sees a new primetime show Matter of Fact for Stan Grant, Planet America extends to a 45 minute edition, whilst Patricia Karvelas fronts National Wrap on Sundays.

The Drum expands to 45 minutes, The Business moves to 9:45pm and Karina Carvalho joins the presenting line-up 7pm-9pm.

ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said it was the channel’s biggest shake-up since its July 2010 launch.

“ABC News channel specialises in facts, not opinions, and the changes we are introducing this year strengthen that focus,” Morris said.

“In a complex and dynamic world, Australians want to know they are getting the best and most accurate news and information, from a source they can rely on, as it happens.”

In 2018 ABC News channel, the most-watched 24-hour breaking news service, is doubling down on its commitment to provide Australia’s best and most trusted live news, analysis, context and discussion, delivered by our respected journalists and with an exciting new prime-time line-up.

Starting Monday 29 January, 9:00pm AEDT becomes appointment viewing time seven nights a week for a deep dive into the big stories and issues.

With Australia’s largest network of journalists in 56 locations around the country, the best political journalism team, and peerless foreign correspondents based in 11 overseas bureaux, ABC News is Australia’s leading live news channel.

ABC News channel will also draw on the resources of two newly-formed teams: ABC Investigations, Australia’s largest dedicated investigative daily news team, and the Specialist Reporting Team, which brings in-depth knowledge to a range of core rounds.

Reaching an average of 3.4 million people every week (metro + regional), it is the place Australians turn when major news breaks at home or abroad, to see the latest developments unfold and have their impact explained.

In Matter of Fact, award-winning journalist, author and commentator Stan Grant brings audiences the essential information they need to separate facts from fiction on the important issues of the day, with analysis and key interviews. The program will also feature regular contributors covering the economy, technology, history, music and the arts.

“There is too much opinion for opinion’s sake, too much public debate that is just about who can shout the longest or loudest,” Grant says.

“Australians are smart people who are tapped into the world. Matter of Fact will respect that intelligence, not just stoke more anger. If you think you know something, then think again – that’s what I want this show to be about.”

On Saturdays, Matter of Fact This Week will feature highlights of the week’s best conversations.

In National Wrap, top journalist and RN Drive presenter Patricia Karvelas hosts a sharp, interview-based national affairs program that will set the agenda for the week. Topics ranging from reconciliation and the republic to students’ performance in schools will be interrogated by experts and leaders in their fields.

“Audiences are increasingly looking for context and explanation – National Wrap provides it,” Karvelas says. “You will see our most influential politicians and advocates cross-examined about their plans, going beyond the immediate news cycle to shine a light on the end game.

“Particularly among younger audiences, there is often an assumption that politics and national affairs are dry or too dense. National Wrap makes the important topics accessible and relatable.”

Other highlights of the revamped 2018 schedule include an expanded 45-minute format for popular panel show The Drum, with Julia Baird and Ellen Fanning sharing hosting duties.

The Business moves to 9:45pm AEDT weeknights, with Elysse Morgan continuing to bring the key interviews with CEOs and other industry leaders.

Karina Carvalho, one of the ABC’s most talented news presenters, joins the presenting line-up 7:00pm-9:00pm AEDT on weekdays. After a new-look The World with Beverley O’Connor, Yvonne Yong hosts a national news hour at 11pm from Melbourne, followed by more live national programming out of Perth.

From Saturday 3 February at 7:00am AEDT Andrew Geoghegan will be joined on Weekend Breakfast by new co-presenter Johanna Nicholson, with Miriam Corowa presenting across weekends and contributing to Indigenous and arts coverage.

All times AEDT:

News Breakfast

Mornings with Joe O’Brien

ABC News with Ros Childs

Afternoons with Kirsten Aiken W-F/ Gemma Vaness (M-T)

The Drum (New 45-minute format)

7pm: ABC National News
7:30pm: Regional/feature segments
8pm: National News Hour
9pm Matter of Fact with Stan Grant

9pm Fridays Planet America (new 45-minute format)

9pm Sundays The National Wrap with Patricia Karvelas
9:45pm The Business with Elysse Morgan

10pm The World with Beverley O’Connor
11pm National News Hour with Yvonne Yong
12am National News 30 min
12:30pm (Replay) 7.30
1am National News 13 mins
1:15am (Replay) Matter of Fact
2am National News 13 mins
2:15am (Replay) The Drum


  1. Moving to 45 minutes could be a problem for ‘The Drum’ as it’s very dependant on who’s on the panel and what’s happening on the day-sometimes it’s engaging, other times it drags.

  2. Good to hear that Planet America has been exrended to 45 minutes. This is a good show and often underrated.

    And am also glad to read that there is now live news at 1 and 2am.

    • Maev....Sydney

      I do not see what the obsession is with Planet America…like the US would ever have a talk show about Australia…much less our politics….most Americans do not know who or where we are…One of my chat friends in middle America said as much the other day…only interested in her space…and her country……nice lady…but that is how it is…

      • The point is that the US has worldwide influence on what happens, including Australia-we rarely poke our heads up much given the size of the country-the constant chaos of the current Trump regime is both compelling viewing and deeply disturbing.

  3. Fantastic having actual live ABC news updates beyond 12:30am ET. It’s a little ridiculous having a ’24 hour’ news channel that was so reliant on an auto feed overnight, particularly when WA viewers were watching show replays and international updates from BBC/Aljazeera from as early as 9.30pm for six months of the year.

  4. ABC24 is mainly repeats of 10 shows over a day /week. Even with a catch up service the ABC has repeated all its main channel shows at Christmas & now , on the weekends.

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