Ten Eyewitness News
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|Division of:||Network Ten|
|Broadcast programs:||Wake Up
Meet the Press
The Bolt Report
Ten Eyewitness News Early
Ten Eyewitness News Morning
Ten Eyewitness News Late
Ten Eyewitness News Weekend
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Ten Eyewitness News is the news service of Network Ten in Australia.
The news service produces a nightly hour-long program at 5pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth on weeknights. Weekend editions are presented nationally from Network Ten's studios in Pyrmont, Sydney with separate bulletins for Perth. The network is broadcast to most of the country via affiliated regional television stations.
Ten Eyewitness News also assists in the production of The Project, political panel program Meet the Press, and the conservative opinion program The Bolt Report. It draws upon the resources of CBS News, ITN, APTN and Reuters for select international coverage.
- 1 History
- 2 Bulletins
- 3 Local editions
- 4 Current affairs
- 5 Former programs
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Network Ten introduced the concept of hour-long, co-anchored news to Australia in the form of Eyewitness News from 1973 onwards. The 1980s were arguably the network's most successful period as a news provider with its local Sydney and Melbourne bulletins often rating highest for their 6pm timeslot. The news services underwent a number of name changes including Ten News, Ten Evening News, Eyewitness News and Ten Eyewitness News over the years before finally settling on the Ten News brand in 1994, which would remain in use for 19 years.
A major change to the service occurred in January 1992 when all five of its local bulletins were moved to the 5.00pm time slot. Around the same time, local weekend bulletins were also axed from the network to be replaced by a 30-minute national bulletin from Sydney – Ten Weekend News, initially presented by John Gatfield and later by Natarsha Belling and Bill Woods.
In December 2003, an additional local bulletin was trialled at 7pm weeknights, called Ten News Summer Edition. It was presented in each state capital by one of the Ten News at Five news presenters. However, the bulletin was discontinued at the start of the 2004 ratings season.
In the 2000s, Network Ten also introduced limited local content into some markets on weekends. In Perth a localised version of Ten Weekend News was received from Sydney, while during the AFL season Adelaide and Melbourne viewers received local news on a Saturday, presented from Melbourne by George Donikian. For a short period in 2009, Ten Weekend News also included localised sport inserts for each market.
Ten Eyewitness News has often been described as a 'training ground' for some of Australia's best-known television journalists. Some of the best-known reporters and presenters who launched or spent a major part of their careers at "Ten Eyewitness News" include Jana Wendt, Kerry O'Brien, Katrina Lee, Charles Slade, Ann Sanders, Steve Liebmann, Tim Webster, Ron Wilson, Anne Fulwood, Juanita Phillips, Liz Hayes, Jo Pearson, David Johnston, Bill McDonald, Chris Masters, Larry Emdur, Eddie McGuire, John Gatfield, Kay McGrath, Graeme Goodings, Sharyn Ghidella, Laurie Oakes, Geraldine Doogue, Helen Kapalos, Jennifer Keyte, Mike Munro, Deborah Knight and George Donikian amongst others...
In September 2010, the network announced a major expansion of its news service. From 24 January 2011, It would expand its evening news output by introducing a national current affairs program at 6pm, 6PM with George Negus, and an extra local bulletin at 6:30pm on weeknights, with the Ten Evening News brand reinstated. In addition, the network announced the re-introduction of local weekend bulletins at 6pm and the axing of its 5pm national bulletin.
Two months after the relaunch, the national weekend bulletins were re-introduced owing to poor ratings although the 6pm local bulletins continue to air. Later that month, the network announced it would drop its 6:30pm local bulletins on weeknights, extend Ten News at Five to 90 minutes and move George Negus' program to 6:30pm each weeknight. The changes were introduced on Monday 4 April 2011.
Further changes in September 2011 saw the axing of the network's late night bulletin and the state-based 6pm weekend bulletins. The 5pm national bulletin on Saturdays and Sundays was extended to 90 minutes a month later. Later that month, the network announced it would axe 6.30 with George Negus and replace with an hour-long version of The 7PM Project (renamed The Project). In November 2011, the last half-hour of Ten's 5pm state bulletins were rebranded as Ten News at Six. Two months later, the network announced its main 5pm bulletin would be shortened back to 60 minutes from Sunday 22 January 2012 with The Project moved to 6pm.
The network's Ten Early News bulletin was axed in February 2012 following the launch of Network Ten's Breakfast program. More changes during the year saw the return of a networked Ten Late News in a new format launched on 4 June 2012, and the axing of Breakfast on 30 November 2012, due to low ratings and cost cutting measures at the network.
In September 2013, Network Ten announced that it would revive Ten Eyewitness News branding for all of its news output, including the flagship 5pm state bulletins.
Ten Eyewitness News Early
Ten Eyewitness News Early airs at 5:30am on weekdays, presented from the network's Sydney studios by Matt Doran, sport is presented by Scott Mackinnon and weather is presented by Amanda Duval.
The bulletin began in January 2006 and featured a number of segments unique to its timeslot, such as morning newspaper headlines from the country's major papers. The last edition of aired on Wednesday 22 February 2012 in preparation of the earlier-than-scheduled launch of Network Ten's Breakfast program.
Ten Eyewitness News Early has previously been presented by Bill Woods until he became a presenter for the Sydney edition of Ten News at Five, switching roles with Ron Wilson. Finance news was presented by Kathryn Robinson.
On 26 August 2013, it was announced that the bulletin would return on 4 November 2013.
Ten Eyewitness News Morning
Ten Eyewitness News Morning airs at 11:00am on weekdays, presented from the network's Sydney studios by Matt Doran, sport is presented by Scott Mackinnon and weather is presented by Amanda Duval.
The bulletin began in 1980 and it lasted until 1990 when it was axed due to cost-cutting measures. It was later revived in 1994 and was presented by David Johnston from the Melbourne newsroom and during that period the bulletin followed the successful Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton. In 1996, Jason Cameron took over as presenter for the next four years and at the end of 2000 the network opted to move the bulletin to its new Sydney Studios in Pyrmont. In 2004, the bulletin briefly moved to midday (then called Ten News @ Noon) to compete against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's News at Noon – a decision which proved unpopular.
During 2010 and 2011, the bulletin aired for one hour at 9am, before The Circle. The bulletin was retired with the launch of Breakfast but returned upon the axing of The Circle in late August 2012, this time airing at 10am on weekdays.
On 12 November 2012, it was announced the bulletin would be axed again and the last bulletin aired on Friday 30 November 2012, marking the final full-length bulletin to be presented by Ron Wilson after 33 years with Network Ten.
On 26 August 2013, it was announced that the bulletin would return on 4 November 2013 and air for one hour at 11am, to concide with the launch of Wake Up and Studio 10 as well as the revival of the Ten Eyewitness News Early bulletin. 
Ten Eyewitness News Late
Ten Eyewitness News Late is the network's weeknight national program featuring a mix of news, interviews and magazine segments presented by Danielle Isdale with news presenter Hermione Kitson (Monday – Wednesday) and Kimberley Soekov or Amanda Hart (Thursday-Friday) and sports presenter Adam Hawse (Monday-Wednesday) and Victoria Murphy (Thursday & Friday).
Brad McEwan presented sport on the bulletin until he changed roles and moved to Network Ten's ATV-10 studios in Melbourne on 26 September 2013. This was in preparation to take over from incumbent sport presenter Stephen Quartermain on Melbourne's Ten Eyewitness News; after Mal Walden retires in December.
The program was launched on 4 June 2012, airing for 45 minutes at 10:30pm from Monday to Friday. The program runs for 45 minutes on Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm. Hugh Riminton is the main fill-in presenter.
Between January 1991 and September 2011, the network aired a nightly late news bulletin, presented originally by Eric Walters, then Anne Fulwood and Sandra Sully, who hosted the program for almost 16 years. In later years, Brad McEwan presented Sports Tonight as part of the Late News. A financial news update was also featured each weeknight.
In September 2013, Danielle Isdale replaced Hamish Macdonald after he resigned and the bulletin was rebranded as Ten Eyewitness News Late.
Fill in presenters include Hugh Rimington (Host), Amanda Hart (News) and Matt Suleau (Sport)
Ten Eyewitness News Weekend
Ten Eyewitness News Weekend airs on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 5pm and is presented from the network's Sydney studios by Hermione Kitson with sport presenter Adam Hawse and weather presenter Melinda Nucifora.
The national bulletin was introduced in 1994 to replace state-based bulletins but axed in January 2011 ahead of the reintroduction of local editions at 6pm. The national edition was reinstated two months later in the wake of poor ratings. The 6pm local bulletins continued to air until October 2011 when the 5pm national news was extended to 90 minutes. A separate edition for Perth and Western Australia is also broadcast from the Pyrmont studios in Sydney.
Fill-in presenters include Kimberley Sokov, Matt Doran, Hugh Riminton (News) and Matt Suleau, (Sport).
Network Ten produces a flagship 60-minute news program each weeknight for each of its five metropolitan markets: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten Eyewitness News features the latest in state news as well as national and international stories including sport and weather; with breaking and developing news are also present during the bulletin. It also features a nightly finance report, entertainment, federal politics, stories from the network's US and Europe bureaus and feature or foreign stories from affiliated networks CBS News, ITN and more.
Brad McEwan previously presented sport until he changed roles and moved to the Network's ATV-10 studios in Melbourne, to take over from Stephen Quartermain and present sport, following Mal Walden's retirement in December 2013. McEwan presented sport from 30 May 2008, taking over from Tim Webster on Sydney's Ten News at Five, until 27 September 2013.
The Sydney bulletin is simulcast across most of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory via Southern Cross Ten.
Between 1995 and 2005, the program was presented by Ron Wilson and Jessica Rowe, until Rowe moved to co-host Today on the Nine Network. She was replaced by then US correspondent Deborah Knight in 2006. Wilson moved to the networked Early News bulletin, after presenting his final 5pm Sydney program as main anchor on Friday 16 January 2009.
Ten Eyewitness News is presented from ATV-10's Como Centre studios in South Yarra by Stephen Quartermain. Sport is presented by Brad McEwan, along with weather presenter Mike Larkan and traffic reporter Emma Notarfrancesco.
The Melbourne bulletin is simulcast across most of Victoria (via Southern Cross Ten and Ten Mildura), to Tasmania via Tasmania Digital Television and to the city of Darwin via Darwin Digital Television. Ten Eyewitness News Melbourne was originally produced at Ten's Nunawading studios until news operations were moved to the Como Centre in 1992.
Past presenters of Ten's Melbourne news included David Johnston, who presented the flagship evening bulletin for 16 years (alongside the likes of Jana Wendt and Jo Pearson) until his departure for HSV-7 in 1996. Mal Walden joined ATV-10 in April 1987, shortly after his abrupt sacking by HSV-7, he took over the weekday 5:00 pm bulletin in 1996 alongside Jennifer Hansen who was replaced by Helen Kapalos in 2006. Kapalos (after a long and successful 7-year stint with the Network), was sacked in November 2012 amid cost-cutting measures at the network, along with hundreds of others. Senior Reporter Melanie Slade became the immediate replacement before the solo-presenter bulletin style.
Fill-in presenters include Yasmin Paton, Melanie Slade (news), Rob Waters, Roger Oldridge (sport) and Emma O'Sullivan, Melanie Slade (weather).
The Brisbane bulletin is simulcast across most of Queensland via Southern Cross Ten. Reporters are also based at three remote newsrooms on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and in North Queensland.
Former long-serving presenter Marie-Louise Theile left Ten News on 14 December 2007 to spend more time with her family. Other previous presenters include Geoff Mullins, Tracey Spicer, Brad McEwan and Bill McDonald, who left in November 2012 after his contract was not renewed due to cost-cutting measures.
Fill-in presenters include Max Futcher, Lexy Hamilton-Smith and Travis McNamara (news), Rob Hazel (Sport) and Tegan George (weather)
The Adelaide bulletin is simulcast to Port Lincoln & the Upper Spencer Gulf of South Australia as well as the city of Broken Hill, New South Wales via Southern Cross Ten, the Riverland and the South East areas of South Australia via WIN Ten & the North and far West areas via Ten Central (CDT).
In 2000, Network Ten moved the majority of the presentation for the 5 pm Adelaide bulletin to the network's Melbourne studios in South Yarra. The bulletin was presented from Melbourne for the next decade while sport and weather segments were still presented locally from the station's studios in North Adelaide and subsequently, from 2007, in newly built studios in Hutt Street. Initially, in 2000, George Donikian and Nikki Dwyer relocated from Adelaide to present the new Melbourne based bulletin. Dwyer eventually resigned as presenter in 2001 after she decided to move back to Adelaide, to be closer to her family. Dwyer was subsequently replaced as presenter by, Kelly Nestor who resigned in 2006 and was succeeded by Rebecca Morse.
On 21 January 2011, George Donikian presented his final Melbourne-based bulletin for Ten News Adelaide. Studio presentation subsequently returned to ADS-10's Adelaide studios on 24 January 2011, to coincide with the launch of the short-lived 6:30pm local bulletin.
In April 2013, Jane Reilly resigned as weather presenter after 37 years – she was replaced by Kate Freebairn.
Fill in presenters include Kate Freebairn, Alan Murrell and Peter Sellen (News), Ian Shuttleworth (Sport) and Jessica Braithwaite (Weather)
The Perth bulletin is simulcast to most of regional Western Australia via Ten West.
Network Ten originally moved production of the Perth bulletin to Pyrmont in 2000, citing high costs of converting the network's Dianella studios. Then-presenters Greg Pearce and Christina Morrissy commuted to Sydney to present the bulletin. Morrissy later resigned from these duties after suffering deep vein thrombosis on a flight and was replaced by Celina Edmonds. Pearce also later resigned to return to Perth, while Edmonds resigned to spend more time with her family. She now presents mornings on Sky News Australia three days per week.
Following their departures, Tim Webster and Charmaine Dragun became the main presenters of Ten News Perth from 2005. After Dragun's untimely death on 2 November 2007, Webster became the solo presenter and continued to present the bulletin until May 2008, after which presentation was alternated between Ron Wilson, Narelda Jacobs, Deborah Knight and Sandra Sully in Sydney for the seven weeks between Webster's departure and the relocation of the bulletin back to Perth.
On 18 January 2008, Network Ten announced that studio production of Ten News would return to Perth. The network denied that the move was related to the death of Charmaine Dragun as the decision to switch production had been made well beforehand. Narelda Jacobs began presenting in the Sydney studios in May 2008 before Ten News Perth presentation returned to the Dianella studios on Monday 23 June 2008.
Former ABC News presenter Craig Smart joined Jacobs as a co-anchor during 2011, but left in November 2012 after his contract was not renewed due to cost-cutting measures.
Fill in Presenters include Esse Deves and Michael Tetlow (News), Cathy Price (Sport) and Chiara Zaffino (Weather)
Wake Up is the network's breakfast program, consisting of talk, entertainment and human-interest stories and airs weekdays from 6:30am to 8;30am, live from Queenscliff Surf Club at Manly Beach in Sydney. The program is presented by Natarsha Belling and James Mathison with news presenter Nuala Hafner from Federation Square in Melbourne.
The Project (previously The 7PM Project) is a talk show television program which airs weeknights. The formerly half-hour long show premiered on 20 July 2009 and is hosted by Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes, with rotating daily guest panellists. It airs live in the eastern states with delays in other states (as well as Queensland during daylight saving). It is produced from Network Ten's Melbourne studios.
Revealed is an current affairs television series. It first aired on Network Ten on 12 September 2013, hosted by Hugh Riminton. The show features interviews, profiles and investigative reports on a wide variety of topical issues. It combines locally-produced stories with stories from America's CBS News. 
The Bolt Report
The Bolt Report is an Sunday morning political discussion show which airs on Sunday mornings at 10 am and repeated at 4:30 pm, it is hosted by conservative commentator and Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt. The show emphasises a right wing agenda and is consistently critical of the Australian Labor Government and the Australian Greens. The program premiered on 8 May 2011.
Meet the Press
Meet the Press is an Sunday morning talk show focused on the national political agenda and is currently hosted by Kathryn Robinson. The program has established itself as an agenda-setting forum which attracts the nation's leaders discussing the big news stories of the week. The show airs on Sunday mornings at 10:30am on Network Ten. The show has been running since October 1992. The program's first guest was the then prime minister, Paul Keating.
6.30 with George Negus
6.30 with George Negus was a short-lived national current affairs program, presented from Ten's Sydney studios in Pyrmont. The program was launched on 24 January 2011 and took an in depth look at key national and international issues with reports from correspondents based around Australia and around the world.
The program initially begun as 6PM with George Negus, however due to poor ratings against the two flagship 6pm bulletins on Seven and Nine, the program was moved to 6:30pm on Monday 4 April 2011, thus competing against Today Tonight and A Current Affair.
On 19 October 2011, the network announced it would axe the program and replace it with an hour-long version of The 7PM Project (renamed The Project) at 6:30pm. The final edition of 6.30 with George Negus aired on 28 October 2011.
Breakfast was an Australian breakfast television program which aired live on Network Ten on weekdays from 6:00am to 8:30am. It had a format consisting of news, sport and weather updates every half-hour with a mixture of debate, current affairs and regular segments.The show was presented by Paul Henry and Kathryn Robinson with news and sport presented by Matt Doran (Mon-Wed) and Natarsha Belling (Thurs and Fri) and weather presented by meteorologist Magdalena Roze.
The program replaced Ten's previous line-up of an early morning news bulletin and children's programming, Ten Early News, Toasted TV, Totally Wild, Scope and Wurrawhy. This is not Network Ten's first foray into the breakfast program market, with the network airing Australia's first breakfast program, Good Morning Australia, from 1981 to 1992.
The launch of Breakfast meant several changes to Ten's weekday schedule. Although the show was originally planned for a 27 February 2012 starting date, Breakfast began on 23 February 2012 to cover a political crisis. Following continuing low ratings, the network announced the program would be axed – the last edition of Breakfast aired on 30 November 2012.
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