ABC Director of Television Kim Dalton has announced today at a media launch in Sydney that the revamp of its main channel to ABC1 will happen at midday this Friday.
The new ABC1 logo was meant to be kept under wraps until Friday’s launch but was leaked to the internet ten days ago, and published in The Australian newspaper last week with the revelation that ABC’s iconic lissajous curve logo was to be ditched – a change quickly denied by Mr Dalton.
In launching the new look to ABC1, Mr Dalton announced a new drama series The Cut featuring former Blue Heelers actor and TV Week Gold Logie winner John Wood, and a comedy series Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure from comic team The Chaser.
A new interview program Q&A will be hosted by Lateline presenter Tony Jones, and there will also be a four-part documentary series The Howard Years.
The revamp of ABC’s main channel to ABC1 will also coincide with a revamp of the digital channel ABC2 which Mr Dalton says will carry an emphasis on original arts programming, as well as launching new programs including a current affairs program Hackfest as a spin-off of the JJJ drive-time program Hack.