Nightline (Australian news program)
|Created by||Nine News|
|Starring||Jim Waley (1992-2001)
Hugh Riminton (2001-2004)
Helen Kapalos (2004-2005)
Ellen Fanning (2005-2006)
Michael Usher (2006-2008)
Wendy Kingston (2009)
Kellie Sloane (2009-2010)
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||18|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||Nine Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
Nightline is a late-night news bulletin produced by Nine News. Introduced in 1992, it was axed in 2008 then brought back in 2009 and it was axed again in July 2010. It aired at around 11.30 pm weeknights, but was not shown in Perth or Adelaide. Nightline was previously presented by Kellie Sloane. Its main competitors were Ten Late News and Sports Tonight and ABC News's Lateline - which both air prior to Nightline at 10:30pm
The series was patterned after the version that airs on ABC (US), but that one is different from the Australian counterpart even though at one point both versions used the same opening graphics, which both no longer use.
In 2007, Nightline was also broadcast at 10:30pm on Nine HD, an hour before it was broadcast on Nine SD. This only lasted for a short period of time, however.
In May 2009 during the major expansion to the Nine News brand, Nine's Late News bulletin was re-introduced into the 11:30pm time slot left vacant by Nightline. Nine's Late News, presented by Wendy Kingston, was first broadcast on Monday 4 May 2009.
In November 2009, Nine's Late News was re-launched as Nightline. However, after declining audience numbers due to increasing sporting commitments with televising Friday night NRL (in the northern states) and Wimbledon in June 2010, the Nine Network permanently retired Nightline. It was replaced with sporting telecasts and more "youth" programming that is borrowed from sister networks GO! and GEM, including the continuing of national-produced comprehensive half-hourly news updates presented by reporters who are on shift and is produced from the Willoughby news studios, if reporters are from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth must travel to Sydney to present the news updates. Nine offered Kellie Sloane a redundancy package.
At the time of Nightline's 2010 axing, the presenters were:
At the time of Nightline's 2008 axing, the presenters were:
- News: Michael Usher (Monday to Thursday) and Allison Langdon (Friday)
- Sport: Stephanie Brantz
- Weather: Jaynie Seal and Mike Bailey
The past presenters of Nightline are:
- 1992 - 2001 Jim Waley - former Sky News Australia presenter
- 2001 - 2004 Hugh Riminton - now with Ten Eyewitness News
- 2004 - 2005 Helen Kapalos - now a freelance journalist
- 2005 - 2006 Ellen Fanning - now no longer with the Nine Network, but still a part-time reporter with 60 Minutes
- 2006 - 2008 Michael Usher - now at the Seven Network
- 2009 Wendy Kingston - as Nine Late News - now presenting Nine Gold Coast News
- 2009 - 2010 Kellie Sloane (final presenter) - now a Media Commentator
Other past fill-in presenters of Nightline included:
- Georgie Gardner - now Nine News Sydney Friday & Saturday presenter
- Jennifer Keyte - now Seven News Melbourne weekend presenter
- Helen Dalley - now presenter on Sky News Australia presenting Sunday Business and Sunday Agenda
- Leila McKinnon - now reporter and fill in presenter for Nine News and A Current Affair
- Ian Ross - deceased, former Seven News Sydney presenter
- Kim Watkins - former co-host of Network Ten's morning show 9am with David and Kim
Nightline consists of news, sport, finance and weather. Reports were sourced mainly from Nine News reports nationwide, but the bulletin sometimes also includes reports from A Current Affair, 60 Minutes and international news services.
When Nightline came back in 2009, it was presented from the Today set. However, only one camera angle was used, being the plasma screen showing a live night-time shot of the Sydney skyline. The program was presented from TCN9's "Studio 3". The backdrop is now of the Nine newsroom. The set is also used for the Early, Morning, Afternoon News bulletins.
In 2006-2008, Nightline's opening sequence used the same generic city buildings of the National Nine News opener, except that they were shown at night instead. Nightline also used its own arrangement of the National Nine News theme.