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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.

Source: ABC

8 Responses

  1. The question we have to ask is, ” Who Cares” Who watches Imparja anyway?

    Why should the government prop up these stations when they have no interest in the regions the broadcast to? It is like Imparja’s recent attempt to take over channel 9 in Darwin… All dependent on government funding!

    The reality is that the majority if people in Alice Springs are pay tv subscribers because Imparja and SC7 are substandard, poor excuses for Television.

    (so is Austar ! There is just more substandard, poor television to choose from)

  2. Interesting to note that if Imparja and Southern Cross Central were broadcasting in digital they would be able to broadcast an SD multichannel from 1 Jan 2009. So one of them could in theory broadcast Ten as the multichannel. Problem is Imparja and SC, and West Australia’s GWN and WIN, have no digital transmitters, except for one WIN transmitter at Mawson in WA.

    Does the government have a plan to convert the four satellite broadcasters? I don’t think so…

  3. Imparja only care about their QLD Viewers. Thats why they broadcast QLD at 5:30 well it should be 6 but we are half an hour behind even though the station is broadcast here! ABC still have local NT news at 7
    Imparja lost the plot newtaste when they scrapped all channel 10 shows I just wish channel 10 would hurry up and broadcast

  4. Well, alternatively, a huge success story in the NT at the moment is CAAMA Radio Online News – They’ve started a video news service on their website, which has just won an award from the CBAA (Community Broadcasters Association of Australia)

  5. That is a real shame. Another local news service gets the axe. And no local news for Alice Springs, NT and Central Oz now.

    Does Nine Darwin still do local news at 6? or did that get the chop too.

    Each station in Australia should me required to do at least 30 minutes of local news somewhere between 5-11pm 7 nights a week I think.

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