Financial Review Sunday show scrapped as ‘advertising support was not sufficient’

Financial Review SundayThe Australian Financial Review and Nine Network have axed the business current affairs show Financial Review Sunday after two years.

A spokeswoman for Nine today confirm the axing telling Mumbrella “it wasn’t commercially sensible to return the show this year”.

The program was launched in 2013 with Fairfax promoting the TV program, hosted by Deborah Knight, as the “perfect complement to our print and digital offerings across the rest of the week.”

Fairfax Media told Mumbrella today that “advertising support was not sufficient” to allow the show to continue any further into 2015.

“The Australian Financial Review and Nine Entertainment Co have agreed not to go ahead with a third season of Financial Review Sunday,” said the Fairfax spokesman. “We have all enjoyed the experience and learned a lot in the process. Regrettably, advertising support was not sufficient to keep the show on air this year.”

One of the show’s key contributors Rear Window columnist Joe Aston today noted the show had been dumped and with his tongue in his cheek wrote: “The main factors (behind the axing) being defamation costs associated with the Rear Window segment and a class action launched after the screening of repeated CPA Australia commercials allegedly caused audience trauma.”

CPA Australia and the Westpac Group were foundation partners of the program.

Aston also appeared to take aim at the amount Nine spent producing the show, writing: “In canning the blockbuster production, Nine has now freed up enough cash to fund a serious bid pay for the upcoming AFL rights.”

Nic Christensen 


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