It seems today shall be known as battle of the 7 PM news services.
Just minutes fter 7 announced a news service for 7TWO. Nine have counteracted and decided to put one on GEM. It will be hosted by Peter Overton (Mon – Thu) and Deborah Knight (Friday)
From tonight at 7.00pm, Nine News will broadcast a special half-hour news bulletin each night on its high definition GEM multi-channel to provide more comprehensive and detailed coverage of the federal election campaign.
Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick, announced the new bulletin this evening, describing it as a natural evolution of Nine’s already pre-eminent news coverage.
“In 2013 Nine is Australia’s news leader, so providing our viewers with another up-to-the-minute source of information on the election campaign is just an extension of what we do best,” he said.
Mr Wick said the additional live bulletin – Nine News at 7pm on GEM – will be hosted by Peter Overton (Monday-Thursday) and Deborah Knight (Friday) and run nightly for the duration of the campaign.
“It will allow us to give viewers a more in-depth look at the issues of the day, with a watchable and relevant mix of information through live crosses, daily panels with different commentators and stakeholders, and a really good wrap of the day’s developments.
“Our people have worked incredibly hard to build Nine as Australia’s leading news brand, so this is another outlet for their skills which complements what we do in all our other bulletins.”