Ratings-hungry Ten Network is going into a partnership with News Ltd to expand its Meet The Press program – but the new version will be less news-led and more lifestyle.
The Sunday morning political program, hosted for two decades by Paul Bongiorno, will now be fronted by former Sky News and Breakfast presenter Kathryn Robinson.
Veteran Bongiorno will remain a contributor to the program, but not on a weekly basis.
Meet The Press will also be expanded to one hour, diluting its political-interview focus with sport, lifestyle and entertainment to fill the extra 30 minutes.
A Ten spokeswoman said production of the program was being outsourced “to be more cost effective.”
It’s new executive producer will be Kylie Merritt, whom joined News Limited as head of video in August last year.
It is expected that News Ltd – a print-based company