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More changes at Ten

Veteran newsreader Mal Walden is scaling back his on-air role and will now present Channel Ten's 5pm bulletins from Monday to Thursday only.

Sports reporter Stephen Quartermain will host on Fridays, sparking rumours he is being groomed to succeed Walden full-time.

But a network spokeswoman said Walden has no plans to quit.

"This is not a retirement," she told Fairfax Media. "Mal is one of the greats of the TV business ... he is still very much at the forefront of Ten News at Five in Melbourne."

His four days of solo newsreading mean he will actually spend more time on camera than he did last year, when he shared hosting duties with Helen Kapalos.

Kapalos was controversially sacked by the network in November before being hired by Channel Seven to host its Sydney and Melbourne versions of Today Tonight.


This morning, Peter Ford told 3AW's Breakfast with Ross and John show of Walden's rumoured switch to part-time.

This afternoon, Ten's spokeswoman confirmed the rumour but denied Walden intended to scale down to three days a week later this year.

Walden's 52-year media career began in the early 1960s at a Warnambool radio station. He has worked for all three commercial TV networks.

In 1987, he was sacked from Channel Seven, then under the control of Fairfax. Angry viewers picketed the station and its ratings dropped to an asterisk – too small to measure.

Walden has made no secret of his desire to "wind down", telling reporters in 2011 he planned to lighten his workload.