The Ten Network has unveiled a relaunch of its news service with the Ten Eyewitness News brand being revived after being ditched almost 20 years ago.
The Eyewitness News title was synonymous with Ten during the 1970s and 1980s — initially in Sydney and Melbourne and later expanded to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth — but was last seen in 1994 when the brand was shortened to Ten News.
The revamp, which also promises a greater mobile and online presence, comes ahead of the launch of new morning programs Wake Up and Studio 10 and morning news bulletins to supplement the existing 5.00pm and Ten Late News bulletins.
Although it is often Ten’s highest rating nightly program, the 5.00pm news ratings have taken a dip in recent times, particularly since the launch of expanded afternoon news bulletins from Seven and Nine. The bulletin also faces new competition in the form of Seven’s new quiz show Million Dollar Minute which launches tonight.
Former Seven Network news chief Peter Meakin has been announced as joining Ten as Executive Director of News but a start date is yet to be confirmed.