Ten returns to late night news with current affairs-entertainment hybrid Newsnight

Ten is to return to late night news, less than a year after withdrawing from the battleground.

Newsnight will be hosted by Hamish Macdonald and air at 10.30pm from Monday to Thursday.

The reversal of strategy echoes that carried last year when the network axed its 5pm weekend news bulletin before returning to it after Nine jumped into the vacant slot.

Newsnight launches on Monday June 4. The new program appears to stretch from traditional news territory into light entertainment including musical performances.

Network Ten’s head of news and current affairs, Anthony Flannery, said: “It will cover the staples of news bulletins, such as headlines of the day, breaking news, sport, weather and finance. But Ten Newsnight will also include features such as live interviews, entertainment, and segments that use social media to reveal what people are talking about and what will be the next day’s big stories.”

Sports presenter Brad McEwan will also be part of the lineup.


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