The Seven Network has confirmed long-held rumours that Melissa Doyle and Matt White will host a new national 4pm news bulletin for Australia’s #1 network.
As a result, Seven’s new afternoon program the Daily Edition will reduce in length from 90 minutes to an hour, while Seven’s 4:30pm news bulletin hosted by Rebecca Maddern will be replaced in its entirety by the new 4pm bulletin.
The new bulletin follows Melissa Doyle finishing up her hosting commitments on Sunrise. Matt White will return to the news desk after he stepped-down last year from the east coast Today Tonight hosting chair. For V8 Supercars fans, Matt White will continue to host and lead the commentary team for Seven’s coverage.
Melissa Doyle will also front Seven News’ new half-hour 7pm bulletin on 7TWO, which launched this week with Mark Ferguson warming the chair in Doyle’s absence. This bulletin will compete against Nine’s new 7pm bulletin on GEM, which also launched this week after the federal election was called.
The 4pm news will also feature network meteorologist David Brown, Seven News Sydney sports presenter Jim Wilson and network finance commentator Scott Pape – known as The Barefoot Investor.
Seven Network News Director Rob Raschke said:
“There has never been a greater demand for news than there is now and Seven is determined to give Australians more choice. That’s why we’re investing in news. Our team is the best in the business. Our presenters are highly credentialed, experienced journalists, skilled at delivering news as it unfolds. These are exciting times.”
Melissa Doyle will take charge of the 7TWO bulletin from Monday 12 August, while the new 4pm news will start on Monday 19 August.