Today Tonight will air its final episode ever this week, after over two decades on Aussie television screens.
Seven announced on Wednesday morning the current affairs show would be axed, confirming the last episode will air in Adelaide on Thursday 28th November, and in Perth on Friday the 29th.
The decision comes after the show’s former eastern state versions were all cancelled five years ago.
An extended version of Seven News will replace the show, which used to air directly after the news, meaning the news will now run a full hour between 6pm and 7pm as it has in the eastern states since 2014.
Seven director of news, Craig McPherson, described the decision in a statement as ‘tough’ but ‘necessary’.
“For 25 years Today Tonight has dominated in Perth and Adelaide. Producing more than 25,000 stories reflecting the good, the bad and everything in between of their constantly growing markets. To end such a successful reign has been one of the toughest decisions but a necessary one as the audiences shift and change along with the economics,” he said.
“I want to thank all both past and present Today Tonighters. Always committed. Always passionate.”
Today Tonight is currently hosted by Rosanna Mangiarelli in Adelaide, and Monika Kos in Perth.
No statement has yet been made regarding the future of staff.
One employee posted about the news on Twitter, revealing she was ‘devastated’.
After 25 years Channel 7's Today Tonight has been axed. Friday will be our last episode. From next week - News will run for an hour. Even though I have only been here a few months.... I am absolutely devastated. This is an amazing bunch of people to work with. 😢 #perthnews— Liz Sheehan (@PerthBreakfast) November 26, 2019
“I am absolutely devastated. This is an amazing bunch of people to work with,” producer Liz Sheehan wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, she added staff had been told the show was being axed over ‘economics and shifting audiences’.
With Seven News now running the full hour nationwide, it maintains its status as the number one TV program in the country, reports Mumbrella.
Shifting programs for Seven
The shock move comes after Sunday Night aired its final episode on Sunday 24th November, after broadcasting for over a decade in a blow for current affairs coverage on the network.
The network has also undergone a talent shift, with former Masterchef judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan snapped up to host cooking program, Plate of Origin alongside Kitchen Rules’ Manu Fiedel.
Former darling Sonia Kruger is also making a return to the network after nine years with Nine.
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