Prime7 offers the news, minus some sport and the weather

PRIME7 viewers seem destined to miss out on half the channel’s new hour-long national news bulletin, following scheduling troubles.

A Prime7 insider yesterday said its parent network’s decision to run a 60-minute bulletin was a “debacle”.

The station received news of the change third-hand on Monday and was still unsure how it would affect programming.

Prime7 has shown only half of its national bulletin since Monday.

It is a compromise that cuts its sport coverage and eliminates the weather, so the channel can air its evergreen soapie Home and Away at 7pm.

The insider said Prime7 was “not quite sure what it will do”.

The Border Mail yesterday again contacted Prime7 Canberra and the Seven Network for comment but both chose not to respond.

On Tuesday, the Seven Network’s move hit the headlines after it was paired with the channel’s decision to axe long- running current affairs program Today Tonight from its east coast line-up.

The decision to run a 60-minute bulletin follows the one Nine News made last year, which reportedly lifted ratings 7.3 per cent.

While the change will affect the presentation of the national bulletin, it is unlikely to change the Border’s local bulletin, which occupies the 6pm timeslot.