Seven Network Axes Current Affairs Show 'Sunday Night'
The Seven Network has dropped its flagship news and current affairs program, Sunday Night.
The television program, currently hosted by long-time Seven personality Melissa Doyle, will not be continuing next year, Director of News and Current Affairs Craig McPherson confirmed to 10 daily.
"After 11 years at the forefront of Public Affairs offering, it is with much sadness I announce the closing down of the day to day operations of Sunday Night: True Stories," he said.
"It has been a very tough decision in a very challenging TV landscape."
Sunday Night will remain on air until the end of the year with a small production team.
The Daily Telegraph reports there are plans to resurrect a national version Today Tonight.
The program's reporting team includes Doyle, Alex Cullen, Steve Pennells, Matt Doran, Denham Hitchcock and Angela Cox.
McPherson thanked the "exceptional" team of reporters, producers, camera operators and editors who have worked on the show.
"I wish all those leaving us nothing but the best for the future," he said.
TV Tonight reports the axing comes as Seven CEO James Warburton seeks to implement a "flatter structure" at the network.
This reportedly involves removing duplicate roles to save costs and overhauling the network with eight new divisions.
“We have had to make some tough decisions in order to build the network for the future. I take very seriously any decision that impacts our people and I am grateful for the loyalty and commitment shown by our team over many years," Warburton told TV Tonight.
"Anyone impacted by changes will have dedicated support and respect throughout the process of transition."