TWO weekly Channel Seven football programs have fallen victim to the cost-cutting brought on by COVID-19.
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Flagship Sunday morning show Game Day, and Monday night review program Talking Footy, won't be seen when football returns and have been suspended indefinitely.
Light-hearted midweek show The Front Bar – produced by third-party group Front Bar Entertainment – will return on Thursday before reverting to Wednesday when matches return.
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There is hope the two cut programs – both produced in-house at Channel Seven – will return at a later date.
"As a consequence of COVID-19 we have seen tough and difficult decisions being made right across sport and we at Seven are no different," Channel Seven Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin said.
"Talking Footy and Game Day have set the agenda in AFL circles for so many years and we hope with favourable conditions returning this will be a temporary hiatus for both."
Saturday night pre-game show The Kick won't return in its same format, however, the network will provide a new-look pre-game offering.
On Friday night the post-game show Armchair Experts will return in its normal format, and pre-game there will be a new show, Telstra's Friday Night Countdown.
The network will also air a Big Freeze special on Monday hosted by Daisy Pearce and Mick Molloy and feature Neale Daniher and sliders from all 18 AFL clubs.
Channel Seven will implement canned crowd noise within its broadcast when matches return from June 11.