Nine will replace its locally-presented 6pm bulletin with a regionally-produced edition.
The change follows a roll-out of regional bulletins in Canberra, NSW, Victoria and Queensland, produced in conjunction with Southern Cross Austereo, from Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane bases.
NT News reports staff members were told at a meeting this morning that the 6pm news would be produced nationally.
But while the presenting and production are yet to be outlined, Nine confirms it will retain local reporters.
A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “The people of Darwin will continue to get the best local news service from Nine, with reporters on the ground in Darwin covering all the breaking local news, sport and weather, mixed with the important national and international stories from the Nine team of reporters around the country and the world.
“The ‘back end’ of the work to put the bulletin to air will be now benefiting from the new technology and systems Nine have put in place as part of the regional news roll out across the eastern states.”
A small number of roles are understood to be affected.
Jonathan Uptin has been Darwin’s newsreader since 2000. Amy Culpitt has been with the network since 2010.