WIN Ballarat’s Director of News Steve Marshall has been made redundant after 11 years in the job.
Ballarat Courier reports he left the job on Monday, amid speculation the whole production team was made redundant yesterday.
This follows staff at their South Australia bureau redundant in February.
In a statement today WIN announced a partnership with regional production company Ad Media for its production service in Victoria and South Australia, plus additional news resources in some areas.
The new alliance will see “see full production facilities in all WIN Offices in Victoria and South Australia including Albury and a full contingent of production staff.”
Many senior commercial producers have been offered positions within Ad Media while some staff have been re-deployed into similar positions within WIN.
WIN’s General Manager for Victoria and South Australia, Rod Jerman said, “The quality and professional work that Ad Media has provided to regional advertisers over the last 10 years has been enhanced with additional highly skilled and experienced production staff previously employed directly by WIN. These combined resources of the two companies under Ad Media, will provide clients in our markets with a production offering from WIN which is extremely superior to our competitors.
“WIN is thrilled to be continuing to look for ways to innovate and improve efficiencies in order to remain viable in this ever challenging operating environment. We are thrilled to be able to partner with a regional based business which, via this arrangement, has a commitment to continue to employ local people within the markets we operate.
“The production of Victoria’s highly rating WIN News (presented by Bruce Roberts) has not been effected. Through the new alliance, WIN News has gained additional resources in some areas ensuring we are able to continue to deliver the highest quality six bulletins each week night across regional Victoria.”
WIN has not responded to enquiries about job losses in Ballarat.