It looks like Ten is about to get
serious about its news coverage, with plans to introduce a new morning
bulletin and make adjustments to its present schedule.

A
high-ranking source at Ten said the network will introduce a one-hour
news bulletin at 6am from February next year in an attempt to counter
the dominance of Seven’s Sunrise and Nine’s Today with morning audiences. “So while places like Nine are offloading staff, we’re expanding our team,” says the source.

The
late night news bulletin will now be cemented in the 10.30pm timeslot,
while the network’s 11.30am bulletin will kick off at the new time of
11am.

And the shake-up will also see Ten’s enduring Sports Tonight
program amalgamated with the network’s late-night news bulletin and
halved to 15 minutes between Monday and Thursday. It will air in its
current half-hour format from Friday to Sunday.

That leaves SBS’s Toyota World Sport
as the only daily free-to-air sports offering, while pay TV still has
Sky News Australia’s Sportsline and the Fox Sports channel to service
Australia’s dedicated armchair sports followers.

Sandra Sully is expected to present the news, with Ryan Phelan anchoring sport.

These
planned changes come following Jim Carroll’s appointment to the
newly-created role of head of news. Carroll has nearly 20 years
journalistic experience, a dozen of those in senior editorial
management in television news. Before joining Ten, he spent eight years
at the Nine Network, first as executive producer of The World Tonight then founding executive producer of Nightline.

He began his media career at News Limited’s Daily Mirror
before moving into radio. During his time at Nine, Carroll was also
involved in the network’s broader coverage of major news stories,
including the Gulf War, the Bosnian and Middle East conflicts and the
Thredbo landslide.