The Seven Network will today confirm changes to its News/Current Affairs line-up that will see Melissa Doyle take on a Senior Correspondent role with Sunday Night, while departing 60 Minutes journalist Michael Usher will move into the newsreader role for Seven’s Sydney weekend news.
It’s a move that had been heavily suspected since last week’s announcement that Michael Usher was joining Seven.
The changes were confirmed in an overnight staff email obtained by DeciderTV from Seven’s Sydney News Director Jason Morrison.
Mel Doyle is being promoted to the role of Senior Correspondent at Sunday Night, in addition to her hosting duties for the show.
With the new role comes the need for Mel to be with Hamish (Hamish Thompson) and the SN team 100%.
Michael Usher will take on weekend news duties in addition to his role with Mark Llewellyn’s Seven News Investigates series when he joins us in a few months.
I know Mel is very excited about the new job and I speak for all in passing on our congratulations.
She is a great interviewer and a very popular personality in our Network and her years of experience will further boost the Sunday Night team.
Thanks Jason Morrison
Its no secret within media circles that Michael Usher has long coveted a Sydney News presenting role. A desire to spend more time at home with his family motivating his decision to quit 60 Minutes. Along with the weekend news role, Usher will host Seven’s new midweek current affairs series Seven News Investigates.
Seven News has recently experienced success producing 1-hour news specials investigating the stories of Roger Rogerson and Chris Lane and is now looking to expand on the format in 2017.
The changes come at a time when Seven is desperate to boost its Sydney news service. While the network is winning the ratings at a national level, Sydney & Melbourne numbers remain a big problem, with the Nine Network recently claiming victory at 6pm for the sixth consecutive year.