News Breakfast started to phase out News Corp and Nine journalists for the daily paper review segment over a year ago now. With the ABC’s criticism of their coverage on matters concerning the network, I think they don’t use any of those journalists now. Instead, they have been opting for community leaders in a range of fields.
One recent addition to the rotation is infectious diseases expert Sanjaya Senanayake. He was on today. Every time, he looks uncomfortable expressing his opinion on matters not concerning health matters. Quite a few times he has said, “I’m not an expert on this…” or he tries to skew the story to a health context. I don’t know- not having journalists on has turned this more into a hot topics segment than a paper ‘review’ segment. Perhaps they should just drop the segment entirely?