Could Q&A move timeslots next year?
Guardian Australia is speculating the show may move to Thursday and in an earlier timeslot.
“…. more than three hours of news is proving a tough ask for many viewers and Q+A is frequently dipping below 300,000 in metro viewers, from a high of 700,000 in its heyday under Tony Jones, the founding host. There is a big drop-off of viewers after Media Watch,” Guardian noted.
If an 8:30 Thursdays is on the cards, this might pit the show against Gogglebox, although they are largely two different audiences. And it could help address the dog’s breakfast that is ABC Thursdays (there I said it).
The idea has actually been mooted for some time, including with the Q&A camp.
Last year outgoing host Tony Jones told TV Tonight, “The pressure on Free to Air Television has become greater and greater to attract new audiences. I do think we’re on a little bit too late in the evening and often not on at the time we’re scheduled to be on.
“Our friendly colleagues on Four Corners, 7:30, Australian Story or Media Watch sometimes go just a little bit longer than usual. Cumulatively when you put it all together, we end up being on 10 minutes later than we should have been, on a regular basis. It’s very hard for people to sustain their interest through to very late in the evening.
“My strong suggestion to the management will be to do what we’ve asked for, for some time: put the program on much earlier on a different night, most likely.
“I hope they will go down that path.”
ABC has been contacted for comment.