There’s a void in late night news bulletions on commercial free-to-air TV. Sure, we get updates through the night, but invariably they are pre-records post the 6pm news bulletin and in Queensland’s case can often be that recorded an extra hour earlier from Sydney or Melbourne.

Channel 9 have spotted this hole and while they aren’t necessarily delivering a FTA bulletin, they are now delivering an update via their new iPad app – specifically recorded and only available via the app. All networks and newspapers note a significant increase in tablet device usage post 8pm, so it made sense that one of the TV networks deliver a short, sharp news update for those using the units so that they extend their reach and help build the brand of Channel 9 being “first with the news”.