In 1969, the arrival of network television ushered in a new era of regional news to replace Town and Around, whose four editions had served local audiences in the 1960s. Christchurch and Dunedin now got different shows, both called The South Tonight. The DNTV-2 edition covered Otago/Southland; it was presented by Derek Payne and produced by Bruce Morrison. The show ended in 1975. Following the amalgamation of TV1 and South Pacific Television, it reemerged in the early 1980s (initially as 7.30 South), this time with Jim Mora in the front seat.