Ten’s Meet The Press hooks up with News Limited

Paul Bongiorno replaced as face of Ten’s Meet The Press

Ratings-hungry Ten Network is going into a partnership with News Ltd to expand its Meet The Press program – but the new version will be less news-led and more lifestyle.

The Sunday morning political program, hosted for two decades by Paul Bongiorno, will now be fronted by former Sky News and Breakfast presenter Kathryn Robinson.

Veteran Bongiorno will remain a contributor to the program, but not on a weekly basis.

Meet The Press will also be expanded to one hour, diluting its political-interview focus with sport, lifestyle and entertainment to fill the extra 30 minutes.

A Ten spokeswoman said production of the program was being outsourced “to be more cost effective.”

It’s new executive producer will be Kylie Merritt, whom joined News Limited as head of video in August last year.

It is expected that News Ltd – a print-based company expanding into TV production and also a quarter owner of Foxtel – will use its columnists on the show in the future.

The Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt will continue his Sunday morning The Bolt Report.

Hugh Riminton will remain on the panel.

The Ten spokeswoman said that Ten would have overall editorial control of the show’s content.


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