Story out, The Project in?

I haven’t heard of ‘The Project’ from Australia but it is apparently coming to New Zealand to take over from the ‘Story’ timeslot on TV3.

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s The Project plans to conquer New Zealand

It’s a prime-time staple on Aussie screens – and now The Project is planning a Kiwi version.

Fairfax Media can reveal the current affairs show – which promises “news done differently” – is planning a Kiwi version, to launch in 2017. 

While a deal is yet to be inked, negotiations are underway between Roving Enterprises – producers of The Project in Australia – and New Zealand’s TV3 network.

It will be called The Project – but air as a half-hour program. (The Aussie version began in 2009 as The 7PM Project; in 2011, it was extended to one hour and moved to 6.30pm.)

I rarely watch Story. I might check it out but will probably rarely watch The Project.

Duncan Garner is thought to be moving from Story to the morning slot that Paul Henry will vacate at the end of this year, so probably starting next year.

New Zealand TV has struggled to deal with current affairs in prime time for a few years.