ABC TV is axing its evening current affairs show, Lateline

Islamic radical Wassim Doureihi, of Hizb ut-Tahrir, appeared on a firey interview on Lateline in 2014. screenshot

The ABC is killing off its evening news and current affairs program, Lateline, after nearly 30 years on air.

The program, hosted by Emma Alberici, currently airs live on ABC News 24 at 9.30pm and is repeated on ABC 1, followed by The Business.

The Guardian Australia reports that the national broadcaster is ditching the program, which was already seen as under threat in recent years, as part of an overhaul of current affairs that will see journalists working across TV, radio and online.

The program’s previous hosts included Kerry O’Brien, Tony Jones, Ali Moore and Maxine McKew and The Guardian reports that high production costs and a dwindling audience may have been the catalyst for the show’s axing, adding that Alberici will stay with the ABC in a national news and current affairs role.

Among the programs notable highlights was an interview by Alberici with the Islamic radical Wassim Doureihi, and the 2006 ateline’s investigation into sexual abuse in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, which provoked the Northern Territory intervention.

The Guardian Australia has more here.

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