The first of Nine’s new regional bulletins, produced in conjunction with Southern Cross Austereo, will begin in Canberra on Monday, February 6.
Former ABC News Breakfast weather presenter Vanessa O’Hanlon fronts the bulletin, using Canberra-based news-gathering staff, with production and editorial staff based in Sydney. The one-hour bulletin will be broadcast at 6.00pm each week night, compiling local news sport and weather reports, together with national and international news.
Grant Blackley, Chief Executive Officer of SCA, said: “We are pleased to be able to broadcast a Canberra-based news service for our viewers. We are committed to investing in jobs and our local communities, bringing the best local stories to air and providing our Canberra clients and businesses with new opportunities to reach their customers.”
Mike Dalton, Director of Regional News for the Nine Network, said: “Nine has had a big presence in Canberra for many years, spearheaded by Australia’s No. 1 political journalist, Laurie Oakes. We’re now expanding our footprint beyond the walls of Parliament House, with a team of reporters out in the suburbs reporting the stories that matter most to the residents of the ACT. Nine News has been broadcasting for more than 60 years and now it’s Canberra’s turn to experience the bulletin that Australians turn to for trust, credibility and experience.”
Further regional bulletins in NSW, Victoria and Qld will be rolled out in the coming months, as part of a significant expansion in regional news.