WIN News adds new statewide bulletins from July
Changes to WIN News see statewide bulletins across Qld, Vic, & western Southern NSW. All bulletins from 5:30pm.
The WIN Network has today confirmed upcoming changes to news bulletins when it returns to being a Nine affiliate.
WIN currently operates 12 regional bulletins from its headquarters in Wollongong, with production shared with Maroochydore.
From July 1st it introduces statewide bulletins across Queensland and Victoria and the western areas of Southern NSW to screen from 5:30pm.
These will broadcast into the additional regions of Mackay, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland, Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Griffith in New South Wales and Albury Wodonga in Victoria. WIN maintains these will see additional local news gathering staff employed in these regions.
WIN News in Wollongong, Canberra and Tasmania will operate in their current form but also in a new timeslot of 5.30pm.
Starting July 1, the new weeknight line-up will be:
5.30pm WIN News
6pm Nine News
7pm A Current Affair
This change also shifts Who Wants to be a Millionaire to a 4.30pm timeslot each weekday (further matching some state playouts).
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster said, “With this change, WIN News bulletins in Queensland, Victoria and western areas of Southern NSW will be State bulletins delivering the most important local stories from all of our regions across the respective states.
“The move to State based bulletins in Queensland and Victoria will result in a reduction in news gathering staff in these regions as well as in the News production facility in Wollongong.
“As is always our priority, WIN will make every attempt to redeploy, second or retrain any impacted employees to suitable, alternative employment within the WIN Group.
“We will be working through a process over the coming weeks to determine the resources, skills and experience required to continue to gather and tell local stories in the State bulletins,” he said.
“WIN has always prided itself on delivering local news and whilst some of these changes are impactful, the statewide WIN News bulletins will be telling local stories across more regional communities with the most important stories of the day.”
This also signals changes to Nine News regional bulletins currently presented by Jo Hall, Natassia Soper and Samantha Heathwood. Nine previously stated it was looking to redeploy as many impacted staff as possible.