Glenn Dyer writes:



Songs of Praise
on Sunday
mornings at 11am is one of those almost immutable parts of the ABC TV
schedule with viewers regularly tuning in for a bit of joyful hymn singing.
Last Sunday the audience was a healthy 148,000.

But from the start of ratings next year Sunday morning viewing on the ABC looks set to change. Insiders will go to an hour, Inside Business starts at 10am, and there are plans for a new program to drop in at 10.30am – a proposed sports panel show called Offsiders, to be hosted by, Barrie Cassidy.

He’s going to be a very busy bloke, hosting an expanded Insiders
and then having a break to recharge his batteries, bone up on matters
sporting before plunging back into the studio for a half hour of couch
stuff.

At the moment there are two extra programs on Sunday mornings after Inside Business finishes at 10.15am: 7 Days and Asia Pacific Focus. On the new schedule both disappear.

Just as Jim Waley was for years the face of Sunday mornings for his three hours of hosting Business Sunday and Sunday on Nine, now Cassidy stands ready to assume that mantle on the lead couch in the ABC studios in Melbourne.

We emailed Barrie at the ABC seeking comment but he hasn’t got back to us yet.