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Prime7 News doubles up, as presenter joins Seven.

As Freya Cole joins Seven, Madelaine Collignon & Kenny Heatley will share Prime7 News duties.

Prime7 News presenter Freya Cole (pictured) is leaving the regional network to join Seven to further her reporting aspirations.

From Monday 13 February Madelaine Collignon and Kenny Heatley will share presenting duties together. The change comes despite metro bulletins recently downgrading from double to single presenters.

A Prime7 press release also notes both presenters “live and work in regional Australia” -a pointed contrast to Nine’s new regional bulletins, which will be presented from capital cities.

“As a new mum coming back to work, it’s great to be teaming up with new dad Kenny, he’s a great talent with a terrific track record in journalism – together we’ll ensure the local news is brought to viewers in a refreshing and interesting, but always informative way,” said Collignon.

“I’m thrilled to be sharing the desk with Maddie and can’t wait for our viewers to see the planned changes,” added Heatley. “It’s great to have the opportunity to join such a highly respected and experienced presenter in bringing our viewers the stories that matter most to them.”

Prime7 News Chief Paul Patrick said, “Madelaine and Kenny will be a formidable duo up front in what is only the first of many changes Prime7 is unveiling over the coming weeks as we herald a new approach to news reporting. Prime7 is committed to a full half hour of local news to ensure that every local issue is investigated, every local event celebrated, and each and every government decision affecting our viewers is scrutinised and interrogated.”

“Our dominance in local news across NSW demonstrates our audience’s appetite and need for depth and quality in local news, weather and information.”

Prime7 produces five half hour local news bulletins each weekday while Prime’s Western Australian division, GWN7, also produces a nightly half hour local news program.

6 Responses

  1. dedicated half hour of local news…. well no, its not exactly… its roughly 21 to 23 mins of news a day… then take into account that some days “travellers” are used from other bureaus sometimes hundreds of ks a day, meaning that it may be 16 mins or less or true local news, weekend rosters can sometimes not happen for months, and their readers are living and reading from the country town of Canberra… iam sure the ACT would love to be known as a regional centre … and not the Capital of the country…sure its located a few hundred K’s inland, but please don’t pretend thats regional, regional is Orange Wagga or Albury or Tamworth, so put high horse away, you are clear market leaders.. so please say nothing.

  2. Prime7 has an “alternate facts” view of things. It’s about time the government fully investigates this business. Prime7 is also a heavy contributor to the Liberal party. And that’s a fact!

  3. “A Prime7 press release also notes both presenters “live and work in regional Australia” -a pointed contrast to Nine’s new regional bulletins, which will be presented from capital cities”

    – Prime7’s “local” news is presented from a capital city too – up to 1000km away: Canberra.

    Hardly like the newsreaders are living in the local communities and are in touch with local issues.

  4. Eh? “Prime7 is committed to a full half hour of local news to ensure that every local issue is investigated, every local event celebrated, and each and every government decision affecting our viewers is scrutinised and interrogated.” “Our dominance in local news across NSW demonstrates our audience’s appetite and need for depth and quality in local news, weather and information.”
    Where is this? Southern NSW & ACT still seem to have 60-secs repeated, compiled from what video can be lifted from 7, YouTube and the local newspapers – that is, when the presenters etc. return from their long end-of-year hiatus. Despite having a Taj Mahal studio complex in Wollongong it’s not done any news since 2001.

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