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Nine to switch to 4pm national bulletin for summer

More changes coming for Nine's afternoon schedule for summer.

Amongst the changes coming to Nine’s arvo schedule will be switching local news bulletins at 4pm over the summer break with a single national bulletin.

Nine’s Afternoon News is frequently hosted by Davina Smith (Sydney), Alicia Loxley or Brett McLeod (Melb), Wendy Kingston or Alison Ariotti (Brisbane), Will McDonald (Adelaide) and Tracy Vo (Perth).

Earlier today TV Tonight revealed 3pm Nine News Now would go into hiatus over summer with Tipping Point and sporting commitments from December 2.

A presenter for the national 4pm bulletin has not been announced.

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  1. Given the amount of sport we are about to be inundated with, it seems like a logical decision to me.

    More flexibility to cope with changing/late-running sporting events, and a chance to give staff a holiday break.

    I wouldn’t be reading too much into this move.

  2. David, to add some context and background, isn’t it true that (certainly outside Sydney but maybe even in Sydney too) Nine’s Afternoon News is soundly beaten on a regular basis by their rival.

    Mike Amor, Jacqui Felgate and that bulletin just looks much better (in my opinion).

    1. In saying that, I used to watch Seven’s “4.30 News” on almost a daily basis and that came from Sydney with originally Sam Armytage and then a joint presented re-vamped bulletin with Mel Doyle and Matt White for a couple of years.

      Side note: The bulletin was originally produced nationally from HSV-7’s then new studios in the partnership with then Colonial Stadium in Docklands, with the legendary David Johnston and then Rebecca Maddern.

      1. Sure but there are always fill ins over the summer period e.g. Paula Voce who presents 7 News Perth over Christmas while Rick & Sue have time off but you hardly ever see her any other time of the year and Tina Altieri does the same for Today Tonight while Monika Kos is on leave at the same time.

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