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Channel 10 earmarks 2½ hours of news and current affairs

Channel 10 has stolen a march on its rivals with plans detailed in today's Sunday Telegraph to run  2½ hours of news and current affairs each week night.

Local one-hour 5pm bulletins will be followed by a national news bulletin at 6pm then at 6.30pm the highly-credible Jennifer Byrne will head a current affairs program to rival A Current Affair on Channel 9 and Today Tonight on 7.

Ten will maintain its 7PM Project, giving Australian viewers an unrivalled two and a half hours of news and current affairs, 5 days a week.

The changes are expected to take effect in January 2011.