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Today Tonight saved

Today Tonight staffers are today celebrating after fighting off a serious executive push to drop the consumer affairs program.

Executive heads at Seven wanted to incorporate its content into a one hour news bulletin, which would have led to job losses of more than 50 in the national show’s staff.

But a senior producer at the program told Mumbrella today that TT would return to air on Monday, after a three week experiment  by Seven of running a one hour news bulletin from 6pm.

“We’re not going anywhere,” the TT source said.

“We have been working hard and have stock-piled a heap of stories, and we will be all ready to go on Monday.”

The 6.30pm program was dropped by Seven during the bushfire crisis, but stories produced by Today Tonight staffers were included in the one hour bulletin.

Ten days ago a senior network executive told Mumbrella that TT’s future was up in the air.

The speculation came just as Seven hired former Ten newsreader Helen Kapalos to host the Sydney and Melbourne editions, while Sharon Gadhela will front the Brisbane version.

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