Channel Seven's Talking Footy will not return to TV screens when the AFL restarts.

Two of Channel Seven’s flagship shows have been axed as a result of COVID-19 financial cuts, reports AFL Media’s Mitch Cleary.

Game Day and Talking Footy will not return to TV screens when the AFL restarts next week, however, there is hope they could come back at a later date.

The Front Bar will return on Thursday before moving back to a Wednesday time slot when matches resume.

“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 told AFL Media.

“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.”

There will be a new pre-game show on Friday night called Telstra’s Friday Night Countdown, while Saturday night pre-game show The Kick will return in a different format.

The network is set to overlay fake crowd noises in match when matches resume from June 11.