The ABC Newsnight series will be back on air in August 2019, but it’s been announced that the network’s prime time program will not return after a year, due to a “significant funding shortfall”.
“While we have been working on a solution to the funding gap, there are some significant issues around the availability of the ABC Newsround series and we have therefore decided to terminate the program, effective August 2019,” a Newsnight spokeswoman said in a statement.
The news program will air on Channel 7 on Sundays at 8.30pm, as well as Channel 9 and Ten. “
It is clear that we need to strengthen our programming and the future of the program in this digital era.”
The news program will air on Channel 7 on Sundays at 8.30pm, as well as Channel 9 and Ten.
The ABC has previously said that it has a “very large and complicated funding gap”, which it says is affecting the quality of news coverage.
The news network said in July it was “working through a funding gap” to continue running the ABC news program, despite it having a substantial budget shortfall.
It is the third time in less than a year that the ABC has cut its news programming budget.
In March, the ABC announced it would no longer broadcast any stories involving women or children.
The broadcaster also confirmed that it would not carry any new programming until the end of 2021.
“This decision reflects a fundamental decision to focus on our news coverage and the development of our audience and our future plans,” a spokesperson said.
In a statement, Newsnight said it “will continue to have a role in the ABC” as it was contracted to “provide news and current affairs, social, cultural and community programming”.
“The Newsnight program has been a major source of value to the ABC over the past 12 years and we are grateful for the work it has done and will continue to do to provide news and information to our audiences,” the network said.