''Ten Eyewitness News'' (stylised as ''TEN Eyewitness News'') is an Australian television news service, produced by Network Ten.
The network's hour-long news program airs at 5pm each evening as five state-based editions in the capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, covering local, national and world news, including sport and weather. Local traffic reports are broadcast live into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from a regular reporter in a helicopter via the Australian Traffic Network. Weekend editions are presented nationally from Network Ten's studios at Pyrmont in Sydney.
Ten's news division also assists in the production of the current affairs program ''The Project ''and the conservative opinion program ''The Bolt Report''. It draws upon the resources of CBS News, ITN, APTN and Reuters for select international coverage.
Network Ten, introduced its News Service in Australia in 1965, with the networks founding and was a pioneering force behind the concept of the hour-long News Bulletin, co-anchored in the form of Eyewitness News from 1973 onwards. The 1980s were arguably the network's most successful period as a news provider with its local Sydney and Melbourne bulletins often rating highest for their 6pm timeslot. Ten's flagship nightly bulletin news services has undergone a number of name changes since inception in 1965 including: ''Ten News'', ''Ten Evening News'', ''Eyewitness News'' and ''Ten Eyewitness News'' over the years before finally settling on the ''Ten News'' brand in 1994, which would remain in use for 19 years.
A major change to the service occurred in January 1992 when all five of its local bulletins were moved to the 5.00pm time slot. In 1994 all local weekend bulletins were axed across the network and replaced by a 30-minute national bulletin from Sydney – ''Ten Weekend News'', initially presented by John Gatfield and later by Natarsha Belling and Bill Woods.
A localised version of ''Ten Weekend News'' was received from Sydney, while during the AFL season Adelaide and Melbourne viewers received local news on a Saturday, presented from Melbourne by George Donikian. For a short period in 2009, ''Ten Weekend News'' also included localised sport inserts for each market.
''Ten Eyewitness News'' has often been described as a 'training ground' for some of Australia's best-known television journalists. Some of the best-known reporters and presenters who launched or spent a major part of their careers at "Ten Eyewitness News" include Jana Wendt, Kerry O'Brien, Katrina Lee, Charles Slade, Ann Sanders, Steve Liebmann, Tim Webster, Ron Wilson, Anne Fulwood, Juanita Phillips, Harry Potter, Liz Hayes, Jo Pearson, David Johnston, Bill McDonald, Chris Masters, Larry Emdur, Eddie McGuire, John Gatfield, Kay McGrath, Graeme Goodings, Sharyn Ghidella, Laurie Oakes, Geraldine Doogue, Helen Kapalos, Jennifer Keyte, Deborah Knight and George Donikian amongst others.
In September 2010, the network announced a major expansion of its news service. From 24 January 2011, It would expand its evening news output by introducing a national current affairs program at 6pm, ''6PM with George Negus'', and an extra local bulletin at 6:30pm on weeknights, with the ''Ten Evening News'' brand reinstated. In addition, the network announced the re-introduction of local weekend bulletins at 6pm and the axing of its 5pm national bulletin.
Two months after the relaunch, the national weekend bulletins were re-introduced owing to poor ratings although the 6pm local bulletins continue to air. Later that month, the network announced it would drop its 6:30pm local bulletins on weeknights, extend ''Ten News at Five'' to 90 minutes and move George Negus' program to 6:30pm each weeknight. The changes were introduced on Monday 4 April 2011.〔(Ten reshuffles news shows after ratings slump ), Sydney Morning Herald, 24 March 2011〕
Further changes in September 2011 saw the axing of the network's late night bulletin〔(Sandra Sully replaces Deborah Knight and joins Bill Woods in Ten news revamp at 5pm, late news cancelled ), The Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2011〕 and the state-based 6pm weekend bulletins. The 5pm national bulletin on Saturdays and Sundays was extended to 90 minutes a month later.〔(Ten drops local weekend news to go national ), The Australian, 5 September 2011〕 Later that month, the network announced it would axe ''6.30 with George Negus'' and replace with an hour-long version of ''The 7PM Project'' (renamed ''The Project''). In November 2011, the last half-hour of Ten's 5pm state bulletins were rebranded as ''Ten News at Six''. Two months later, the network announced its main 5pm bulletin would be shortened back to 60 minutes from Sunday 22 January 2012 with ''The Project'' moved to 6pm.
The network's ''Ten Early News'' bulletin was axed in February 2012 following the launch of Network Ten's ''Breakfast'' program. More changes during the year saw the return of a networked ''Ten Late News'' in a new format launched on 4 June 2012, and the axing of ''Breakfast'' on 30 November 2012, due to low ratings and cost cutting measures at the network.
In September 2013, Network Ten revived the ''Ten Eyewitness News'' branding for all of its news output, including the flagship 5pm state bulletins.〔(Eyewitness revived as Ten goes for growth ), The Australian, 16 September 2013〕 Two months later, a new breakfast program, ''Wake Up'', was launched.
On 21 May 2014, Network Ten announced it would axe ''Wake Up'' and all national news bulletins on weekdays as part of a wider cost cutting program with the loss of around 150 jobs, caused by poor ratings and advertising revenue.〔(Wake Up, early morning and late news editions at Ten axed ), news.com.au, 21 May 2014〕 The state-based 5pm news continues to air, alongside national bulletins at weekends. The network also closed its two international bureaux in Los Angeles and London.
The network reinstated co-anchoring teams in both Melbourne and Brisbane with the introduction of Candice Wyatt in Melbourne (November 2014) and Lachlan Kennedy in Brisbane (August 2015).
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