In a blow to regional broadcasting staff at WIN TV’s Mackay newsroom last night were told they had been axed following their on-air bulletin.
General Manager Andrew Vautier broke the news to crew after the bulletin to announce the closure of the building, effective immediately.
The news impacts on 10 staff, without warning.
The decision is understood to have resulted from the broadcaster’s low ratings against Seven News resources. Sources say sales advertising was down and 2 journalists who left recently had not been replaced.
A source told TV Tonight complained of ageing facilities but were reeling from the news.
“Shocked. Gutted. And little info apart from ‘Don’t come back tomorrow!’ WIN never had money and don’t care about resources,” they said.
“Bruce Gordon (owner) said it’ll now be a combined bulletin for Mackay people from news across Townsville and Rockhampton. The death of local news on WIN.”
Staff at WIN TV in Mildura were also given the bad news last night.
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster said the decision was bases on costs in a changing News landscape.
“As regional Australia’s most prolific producer of local news bulletins, WIN remains committed to local news across the majority of our markets but, in a media environment that has its challenges and is faced with constantly increasing program supply and infrastructure costs as well as a lack of regulatory reform, we need to continue to review our operating model to ensure the ongoing success of WIN as a business,” he said.
“Our first priority will be working with the staff impacted by the closures to redeploy them into other roles across the network.”