Only one thing is clear about what the ABC's Catalyst program will look like in 2017: not much is likely to stay the same.
The program, which has been the subject of a review started earlier this year after several shows were found to breach editorial guidelines, will return in 2017 as an "internally commissioned program", but the format will be dramatically changed. The ABC commissioned 34 half-hour episodes of Catalyst this year. In 2017 it will air 17 hour-long documentaries using "leading expert subject presenters, rather than a fixed ensemble of science reporters". The program will rely much more on external commissioning, overseen by an internal production team. ABC director of television Richard Finlayson told ABC staff today that the changes were "not a cost-saving expertise". "In fact, we plan to invest more in Catalyst than we have in the past," he wrote.