TVNZ to cut afternoon news bulletin

Last updated 20:08 11/12/2012

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Television news junkies will have to look online for their afternoon fix from next year.

TVNZ announced today that the 4.30pm news slot and Saturday Breakfast programme will be cut from 2013.

Head of News and Current Affairs Ross Dagan said resources were being redirected from the afternoon news bulletin to strengthen TVNZ's online news service.

"The change will help to bring better content to a news platform that is increasingly important to consumers at that time of the day," he said.

Dagan said the expiry of a key sponsorship deal with NZ Lotteries meant Saturday Breakfast was no longer commercially sustainable. Resources would be redirected into strengthening the weekday Breakfast programme.

"The decision is not about the calibre of the content or the excellent teams who have worked on both programmes, but is a practical approach to allocating resources where they can make the most difference."

A TVNZ spokesperson said replacement programmes had not yet been lined up.

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