It is believed James McHale will be reading the upcoming 5.30pm eastern states and Perth bulletins.
ABC News is updating its nightly news offering by introducing a 5.30pm bulletin across the country.
“Planning is underway to launch a new national ABC news bulletin next year,” ABC Perth news director Kim Jordan said.
“Details are yet to be nailed down, but it’s a pretty exciting expansion of the ABC news offering.”
Jordan explained the reason for the addition was to “give people the chance to connect with our high-end product at another time”.
He declined to comment on where the bulletin would originate, but two independent sources have confirmed that the man behind the new bulletin would be Perth’s own James McHale, who would read the live bulletin for the eastern states at 2.30pm WST, before reading the Perth live bulletin at 5.30pm WST.
The upcoming 5.30pm half-hour news will be in addition to the regular 7pm offering, which routinely ranks among the most-watched shows each night and averages around 150,000 viewers.
The 5.30pm addition will make it second to begin on the news menu each night, following Channel Ten’s hour-long 5pm bulletin.