4 December, 2018

Bondi Vet moves to Nine Network

WTFN’s iconic vet show Bondi Vet will air on the Nine Network next year. The program has been in production for the past few months and has a new cast and a new broadcaster. Bondi Vet originally debuted on Network Ten in 2009 and ran for eight seasons.

WTFN’s CEO Daryl Talbot says that after the success of Vet On The Hill on Nine on Friday nights, the network was keen to acquire the new Bondi Vet series starring vets Dr Peter Ricci, Dr Alex Hynes, Dr Kate Adams, Dr Lewis Hunt and Dr Danni Dusek.

Talbot says that Bondi Vet has been a huge part of the success of WTFN and will be for a long time to come: “Steve and I created Bondi Vet to appeal to audiences in Australia and abroad.

“While the show was very successful for us in Australia, people may not realise it is very big for us overseas. Our key clients in Europe and North America are excited about the re-fresh of the show with a new cast and new locations and have already signed up for the new series.”

Meanwhile WTFN has ended the official ratings year on a high with its hit ob-doc Paramedics also on Nine finishing the week as the number one non-news show, and topping all of the key demographics.

Since debuting in October, Paramedics has been the surprise hit of 2018 leading the resurgence in observational documentaries, and last week pulling in a national audience of more than 1.1 million viewers.

“For producers, TV is all about timing,” says WTFN CEO Daryl Talbot. “Steve Oemcke and I first pitched Paramedics to the networks at the beginning of 2016, but we just couldn’t get the series across the line.

“Adrian Swift at Nine loved the idea and loved the cast of Paramedics, and kept pushing it forward until it became a reality.”

Back at the Ten Network, WTFN’s flagship lifestyle show The Living Room has also ended the year with a strong performance. The 90-minute Christmas episode of The Living Room with guest appearances from Guy Sebastian and Robert Irwin drew a national audience of 620,000. The show was number 1 in people 18-49 nationally, number 1 in people under 50 nationally and number 2 in people 16-39. The Living Room was Ten’s second highest rating show for the final week of survey.

“It’s seven years since Steve and I originally created The Living Room but the formula is as strong today as it was back then,” says Talbot.

“For us the show is about the right mix of information with an overlay of entertainment. But after many years getting to know this particular audience we always focus on the content in the stories first, then let the entertainment flow from there.

“In 2019 our production team led by EP Virginia Hodgson will continue doing what they’ve done so well this year: well researched stories with a twist and a human touch. I don’t want to jinx us, but who knows, we may even collect a fifth Logie for the show.”