There has been a lot of change for Seven News and Sunrise in the past few weeks. Yet the biggest shakeup to the most-watched evening news bulletin and breakfast show is starting today.
Seven’s Sunrise program is also on the move, but for the time being it is still broadcasting from Martin Place.
It was also a special day for Insiders as the ABC show is on the move too. (See below.)
Seven News Sydney broadcast its final bulletin from the Martin Place studios on Sunday night. From today the Sydney-based news bulletins will be coming from a new purpose-built facility at Seven West Media headquarters in Everleigh.
Seven News Sydney remembered its time at Martin Place in a piece from reporter Paul Kadak on Sunday night. He told viewers that Martin Place had been the TV home for news for the past 6,873 days.
The Seven newsreaders for the 6pm bulletins across those 19 years have been Ian Ross, Ann Sanders, Chris Bath plus Angela Cox and Michael Usher. Ross was the first person to anchor a Seven News Sydney bulletin back in August 2004.
Seven built the news studios inside what was the former home of the State Bank of NSW.
Kadak reported the highlights from the years at Martin Place. The most memorable of these was the Lindt Café siege which involved the Seven News facility being evacuated when the gunman posed a threat. Other highlights included celebrity visits from many stars including One Direction, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
Not making the move to Everleight is former Seven Sydney news director Jason Morrison. He was farewelled a week ago by staff who posed with Jason for a team photo.
Insiders on the move too
The ABC’s Sunday morning TV show Insiders is on the move too.
The episode broadcast yesterday was the final to come out of its Melbourne home. The show will be relocating to Canberra.
The program commissioned a special cartoon from AFR artist David Rowe to pay special tribute to two of the team not making the move – director Goran Nilsson and director’s assistant Dani Stout.
The cartoon made an appearance during the Talking Pictures segment of the episode. Co-hosting Talking Pictures with Mike Bowers yesterday was News Corp’s Jack The Insider. After the segment, Insiders’ host David Speers also paid tribute to all the Melbourne team working on the show, calling them amongst the best in the business.