WIN and TEN confirm five year affiliate deal

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UPDATE: Nine, Southern Cross,TEN, WIN: affiliate changes

WIN Television and Network TEN have confirmed a five-year program affiliate deal for regional Australia.

WIN stations will carry TEN content from July 1st and the network has reaffirmed its commitment to local news.

The deal follows Nine ending a long-standing partnership with WIN and signing with Southern Cross. Last week TEN also announced a deal with Southern Cross for Northern NSW where WIN is not present.

WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster said, “For both viewers and clients this is an excellent outcome. We believe we are now partnering with a television network that is delivering innovative programming and increasing audience share. This can only be good for our advertisers.

“We are excited to be bringing most of Australia’s Logie winning programs to regional Australia exclusively in HD. WIN will now give viewers Gogglebox Australia, The Project, KFC Big Bash League, The Living Room and Family Feud along with international hits like Madam Secretary, NCIS and Modern Family.

“In addition to the aforementioned programs, we are going to deliver the V8 supercars, rugby internationals, Formula One, MasterChef Australia, Offspring and Australian versions of Survivor, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to WIN viewers.

“I’d like to personally thank TEN’s CEO Paul Anderson and Chair David Gordon for their approach in what is an historic change for viewers of the WIN Network in regional Australia.”

As yet there is no fine detail on how WIN News bulletins will sit amongst TEN’s schedule which includes TEN Eyewitness News, Family Feud and The Project.

“There has been so much written about the future of news, both in regional and metropolitan areas. WIN’s commitment to news is stronger than ever. WIN produces 16 half hour news bulletins and an hour-long All Australia News bulletin each weeknight. No other network matches that. Combined with the talent, experience and resources in the TEN newsrooms across Australia, viewers will see comprehensive news coverage at local, state, national and international level,” Lancaster said.

“WIN’s commitment to local regional news continues. It is something we are proud of and is at the heart of the WIN Network. TEN have been supportive of our desire to ensure regional Australia continues to have local regional news each weeknight and we look forward to working with TEN in providing news supply beyond the WIN News audiences especially when news breaks in regional Australia.”

TEN Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “We are delighted to announce our new agreement with WIN and that our unique and fresh content will reach more Australians through the WIN regional network.

“WIN’s strength in regional Australia, particularly its unmatched commitment to local regional news, combined with TEN’s growing audience will deliver a great experience for both viewers and advertisers.

“Ongoing collaboration between us will continue to strengthen our services and we look forward to a strong partnership for years to come,” he said.

Viewers will not need to rescan their television to access new programming.

66 Comments:

  1. So, I’m confused. This switch only affects NSW, Victoria and QLD right? Nothing swaps or changes in SA or Tasmania? Is that correct or am I wrong because I’m hearing conflicting information about what’s going to happen come July.

  2. Despite living in a country town, it’s times like this I count my blessings that I am on the metro TV channels and not the regional ones. The next town over is regional, I am lucky not to have all the farming ads.

  3. I don’t understand any of it, it’s all way over my humble head. Guess i’ll just stay glued to the EPG to try and work out what’s going on.

  4. “Unofficial” news from inside the Wollongong bunker is that, yes, 5pm TEN News, 6pm WIN News, 6:30 The Project.
    Family Feud will still be on two channels, One & 11.
    Several options for All Australian News, not yet firmed up.

  5. Mildura is another location that this effects I believe. TEN here is a consortium between Prime/WIN/Mildura Digital Television. Wonder how all this is going to pan out here. We haven’t had TEN start broadcasting in HD on the main channel. WINHD is very good. Very confusing.

    • Wherever you now see Nine programs, on WIN, you will see TEN programs, on WIN.
      Wherever you now see TEN programs you will see Nine programs.
      Except North Coast NSW because Nine owns the Nine “affiliate”there, NBN Newcastle, and WIN has no services north of Sydney and south of Brisbane. Nothing will change in that region.
      And the EPGs will reveal all.

  6. As has been mentioned many many times… this only effects WIN and Ten in NSW Qld and Vic… everywhere else stays the same… i haven’t seen it written anywhere that it affects other states and territory…. have i missed something David??

  7. I wonder when WIN TEN and Southern Cross Nine will elaborate on their new July 1 arrangements. Hopefully not June 30th.
    I was contemplating a straight swap of programs but this doesn’t answer where “Family Feud” will be considering WIN plans to keep its local news.

    • What’s to elaborate on? Considering Family Feud is on three channels at the same time, WIN News at 6pm on WIN still leaves Family Feud on One and 11, on WIN in place of GEM and GO! from 1 July.

  8. Well this just sucks!
    Where I am WIN transmission is weak at best, non-watchable at worst. I have always enjoyed Ten shows over Nine so it has never been an issue, but now I will have to watch most shows on catch-up.
    Which again, with 9jumpin is a PITA, as it is by far the worst (IMO) catch-up service.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      It’s only the programs being broadcast by the regional affiliates which are swapping. So, if you prefer Ten’s content over Nine’s, you will still be able to watch that on Ten’s catchup rather than Nine’s.

    • Is it WIN transmission or your reception? An upgrade of antenna, cabling, wall plugs? Just saying because we had same issue with TEN Illawarra. Replacing the old corroded UHF antenna with a new one fixed it.

  9. I am in regional WA. If WIN will carry 10 programming, what programming will the current TEN carry?? Is it as simple as 9 and 10 swapping content in the bush and will this also include all multi channels??

  10. So I don’t really understand this!! Does that mean if you are in Tasmania which gets WIN and Ten then we won’t be getting any Channel 9 programming? But we will be getting duplicated Channel 10 programmes i.e. on WIN and Ten?

      • Okay, thanks for that but I thought Southern Cross was affiliated with Channel 7!! We get our Channel 7 programmes here in Tasmania on Southern Cross!! I really wish there would just be the main channels and none of this regional WIN and Southern Cross stuff!! Just glad I mainly watch Netflix and Stan now!!

          • From what I’ve worked out, Sthn Cross here wont change, will stay as the 7 affiliate. WIN will move from 9 to 10, leaving the joint venture (Tas Digital TV) to become the 9 affiliate. The Sthn Cross deal here is separate to the Seven West Media/Sth Cross Media deal.

          • Thanks David.
            I guess they’ll fill us in, market by market, around the middle of June. Well hopefully!

      • So I’m wondering where Southern Cross will place ‘A Current Affair’?
        If Jason’s “unofficial” news is correct, it can’t be between 5.00 and 7.30 pm on the main channel. Maybe it will go to ONE (50) or ELEVEN (55) ??

        • A Current Affair is a Nine program so it will be on Southern Cross at 7pm. It won’t be on One or 11 (50 & 55) as those channels will now be showing GEM and Go!, that is, Nine programs on Southern Cross. A Current Affair will not be on any WIN channels. Grrrrr!!

  11. estherhoffman

    What happens to Win in other states like Tasmania?Is is still affiliated with 9 or does it switch over to 10?I’m confused.

  12. I’ve commented before that i don’t think this is the worst deal for Win and definitely a good position for ten. Interesting times ahead for regional tv

  13. I hope WIN has 10 News at 5pm-6pm, Win News at 6pm, The Project 6.30- 7.30 pm. The only problem is finding a spot for Family Feud. But good on them for keeping Local News. WIN will enhance TEN as it is a strong regional brand and more community minded, which matters a lot in the country areas. Nine threw that away for the cheap $$$.

    • Southern Cross has no community presence in the Illawarra. The highlight of TEN viewing via SCTEN is their so-called “News Update”, with no videos, placing family bets on which edition of the Illawarra Mercury each sentence-long story was taken from. Yesterday? last Thursday? or ABC Illawarra 48 hours ago.

  14. I note Davids article saying no rescanning of channels…meaning 9 will be on 5 50 and whatever.. probs wont have 9 in HD for a while again… and i assume ten will be on 8 80 and so on… and TEN will be HD in regional areas… and 9 wont have a presence in regional NEWS for a while… i may pick up some work…. if 9 are looking for freelancers in regional NSW… haha

  15. Will be interesting to see the affect this has on the WIN monopolies (M.I.A. and S.E. South Australia). Although viewers would like to see WIN launch an additional HD channel for TEN, I think it will be more likely that WIN HD will just change from being a simulcast of Nine to being a simulcast of TEN, basically scrapping Nine HD in these two areas. Well I assume that would be the cheapest option, and lets face it, WIN don’t spend anymore on local services than they need to.

  16. So let me understand this as at 1st July the now channels of 5, 50, 54 and 55 will be WINs new home? Presumably the adverts will be theirs instead of SCA, is this correct? Hopefully we will finally see Ten in HD.

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