Free-to-air station Channel Nine have not yet confirmed whether it will be airing its long standing AFL program the Footy Show in 2019.
The AFL Footy Show has been on Australian television airways for 25 years, but that could all be coming to an end.
According to The Herald Sun, insiders suggest the show will be confirmed for 2019, as changes are starting to take shape in order to revamp the show.
Rebecca Maddern, who took up a co-host role in 2016, won’t be returning to that position after recently being announced as part of Nine’s tennis coverage for the 2019 Australia Open.
Ratings for the once popular show have taken a dive in recent years, due to competing channel’s creating their own AFL shows, which sees Channel Seven’s The Front Bar receiving fantastic viewership in the Thursday night time slot.
Former host of the Footy Show Garry Lyon told SEN Breakfast he thinks the show has reached its finish line.
“Let’s not rewrite history, this was the biggest show in town for 20-odd years and it’s probably coming towards its swansong,” Lyon said.
“There’s a new boy on the block (The Front Bar) and good on them.”
Essendon great Tim Watson also agreed with Lyon’s comments.
“There was a time when everywhere you went, there were conversations about The Footy Show,” Watson said.
“Now, wherever I go, you know what the conversation is about? The Front Bar.”