George Negus to front Ten’s 6pm project

George Negus is to front Ten’s new national 6pm news when it goes to air early next year, the network has revealed.

Negus currently presents Dateline on SBS although he is also a regular guest on Ten’s the 7PM Project.

Negus, a 40 year media veteran, was one of the three original correspondents on Nine’s 60 Minutes and he is also a former host of The Today Show.

He claimed the latest move could have a similar impact on current affairs reporting. He said: “Back whenever it was, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the ground-breaking advent of 60 Minutes. This 6PM concept of Ten’s has the same sort of audacious freshness about it.”

“What Ten has in mind for the 6PM time-slot is seriously different. It could well change the landscape of free-to-air, prime time, national and international news and current affairs in this country – for the better.”

The Negus-fronted news program is part of Ten’s switch to current affairs for two and half hours in the early evening. The network will stick with its existing News At Five, beofre the new half hour 6pm bulletin. it will then be followed by a local bulletin at 6.30pm before The 7PM project.

Ten’s head of news and public affairs, Jim Carroll, said “George’s story telling ability and expertise as an interviewer will make him an extraordinary asset to the Network. He is someone who really knows his stuff and is not afraid to put his point of view and our viewers will like that.”

Neighbours and The Simpsons will switch to Ten’s new digital channel Eleven

Walkley winning investigative journalist Chris Masters is also joining the team as a part time editorial consultant “providing expertise and guidance to Ten News on investigative stories and mentoring reporters and producers”.

Ten bosses Grant Blackley and David Mott talk to Mumbrella about the network’s 2011 plans:


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