Imparja axes entire News department
Alice Springs station discontinues its entire news and current affairs division.
The ABC is reporting that Alice Springs-based Imparja Television has axed its entire news department, laying off reporting and research staff.
Seven jobs are believed to have been chopped.
Imparja scrapped its half hour daily bulletins last year and relaunched its news service with the flagship weekly current affairs show Footprints.
The station was founded on a charter of providing local content for its Aboriginal ownership base but now mainly relays content from the Nine Network.
On its website the station proudly claims Imparja Television is ‘Australia’s last truly independent TV station, broadcasting across 5 States and Territories.’ Its Double Trouble originally-produced programme airs on Nine and is nominated for an AFI Award.
Sources say the news service will cease at the end of next week.