The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is to launch a new early evening national news bulletin from 4 February.
The half-hour news bulletin from the Perth studios, ABC News - Early Edition will air on ABC1 across the country in all states and territories from Monday to Friday and simultaneously on ABC News 24.
James McHale is to be the host of the bulletin which is to feature a live updated local edition for Western Australia at 5.30pm (WST).
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It will be the first national news to be broadcast on a free-to-air channel out of WA and commits extra resources to ABC News in WA.
Controller of ABC1, Brendan Dahill said the new bulletin aimed to give ABC1 audiences a national snapshot of the day’s key stories before their local bulletins at 7pm.
Mr Dahill said it completed the schedule of national news programs on ABC1 starting with ABC News Breakfast, ABC News at Midday, the 5.30pm and 7pm News and Lateline at 10.30pm.
“We recognise the importance of news to our viewers,” Mr Dahill said.
“This is a significant move, further updating the news after midday.
“Lifestyles are changing, and introducing a new early evening bulletin reflects that change.”
He said due to the early news bulletin, the program Capital Hill has been scheduled to air earlier at 5.15pm AEDT on ABC News 24.