The New Zealand edition of The Project is set to fold by the end of the year, ending a six year run on Warner Bros. Discovery broadcaster Three.
A Warner Bros. Discovery spokesperson said: “We have commenced consultation to discontinue The Project on Three from the end of the year – our primary focus is to support our people as we work through this process.”
The show which employs around 24 people, did not screen last night, giving staff time to digest the news.
Instead Three ran an episode of Bay Patrol.
The Project, based on an Roving Enterprises format of the same name, started in New Zealand in February 2017, originally hosted by Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson. It is now hosted by Mulligan, Lloyd and Jeremy Corbett, with a range of other hosts.
The NZ Herald reports it comes with a hefty international licensing fee when almost every major New Zealand media outlet faces cutbacks caused by tough economic conditions and falling advertising revenue.
Warner Bros. Discovery senior director of news Sarah Bristow, said in an email, “If the proposed change is confirmed, we will design a redefined news show in the 7pm timeslot as part of the broader Newshub proposition.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work of Jesse, Kanoa, Jeremy, Jon Bridges, Ali Ventura and the entire crew of The Project, who have worked tirelessly to bring this show to air for the past seven years.