Yesterday, after the 5pm announcement by QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce that the airline was grounding all flights from 8pm last night, ABC News 24 went into rolling news coverage that went right through into the early hours of the morning – when a result from Fair Work Australia was hoped for – and into today – Sunday. It wasn’t until after 3pm that rolling coverage ceased for some regular programming.
Sky News Australia also ran rolling coverage throughout the night. As international flights are affected, the news made headlines in many international news broadcasts as well.
ABC News 24 will tonight at 7.30pm AEDT broadcast a special edition of 7.30 covering the events of the last day and the issues that led up to the ensuing crisis. It will also be broadcast at 7.30pm local time on ABC1, pushing the nights’ regular programming from 7.30 onwards back half an hour.
Nine’s 5pm news for tonight (Sunday night) has been extended to an hour, which will see it merge into the 6pm news. Ten
already have a 90 minute news bulletin form 5pm – 6.30pm.
Both Seven and Nine have their Sunday night public affaris programs – Sunday Night and 60 Minutes respectively – that will no doubt mention QANTAS.
The grounding of QANTAS flights will affect the television industry as guests for shows, actors and crew may not be able to reach their destinations on time.
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