Today in Media Files, ABC will cut Lateline in a restructure of its current affairs departments, and why does Lachlan Murdoch need personal security guards?
ABC axes Lateline. The ABC will cut its evening current affairs program Lateline under a major reshuffle of its current affairs offerings. The show, hosted by Emma Alberici, was cut back and moved from the main channel to the ABC News channel after budget cuts at the end of 2014. There will be a new late night news bulletin added to the rundown that will air on the main channel, and Stan Grant's Friday evening show The Link will also be cut. He will instead host a 9pm news discussion program on the ABC News Channel. He will also be chief Asia correspondent, and Alberici will be chief economics correspondent. There will be specialist investigative and specialist reporting teams established. Crikey understands there will be no net job losses but some redundancies -- News division staff will be able to express interest in redundancy until October 19. News director Gaven Morris said in a note to staff that axing the programs was not a reflection on the teams working on them. "Lateline has a proud 28-year history, and The Link has done wonderful, innovative work in a difficult timeslot," he said. "However, with audience habits changing, we can deploy these resources more effectively in other ways. Viewers would be as well-served as ever with daily and weekly television news and current affairs on ABC TV and on the ABC News Channel."