Closing comment – Who’s got the remote control?


It’s been an interesting couple of weeks (make that months) in the land of radio and television news, both in front of and behind the microphones and cameras.

The morning slot has continued to see its share of changes following the arrival of Channel 10’s new Wake Up with its beach views and post-surf interviews with the PM. Most recently, Adam Boland has been allowed out of his contract and farewelled television for good to focus on his health. He’s been replaced by Steve Wood, a former executive producer of Nine’s Today Show.

Over at the ABC, days after announcing that Virginia Trioli would swap Melbourne for Sydney and TV for radio and take over as the host of their flagship morning program AM, it was announced that Trioli was staying in Melbourne and continuing as co-host of ABC News Breakfast. While she’s breaking in a new set at ABC News Breakfast, Chris Uhlmann will become the new host of AM.

Over at Channel Nine, the Today Show ended the year with a few changes to its production team, and this week former Olympian Libby Trickett joined the show as a health and lifestyle reporter.

For Sunrise, things were getting back on track following last year’s departure of Mel Doyle. That was until this week’s ‘Strippergate’ which saw Sunrise clash with website mammamia.

At the other end of the day, the evening block of news and current affair programs have been given a shakeup around the country.

Seven has been making news with the resignation of Today Tonight’s Helen Kapalos and her move to Channel Seven’s Sunday Night (the program, not the night of the week!).

Around the same time, Nine has rolled out a one hour edition around the country and so far it’s proving quite popular. Although the poor folks up in Brisbane didn’t get their full report this week due to some technical hitches.

With the new year only just blooming, I’m sure there are plenty of changes just around the corner.


Jack & the c word crew


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