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.

9 Responses

  1. WIN gonna lose alot of viewers in Tasmania if the news is timeslot on at 5:30pm, Especially when they’re competing with 7 (Tasmania) News. I understand 7 Tasmania News might have a higher rating but it’s pretty much a switch off for win news altogether in Tasmania, to have Melbourne news at 6pm. They need to bring back the old format, when they changed over from Nine to Ten affiliation.

    I understand Win News is mainly for local news, and I do agree it best suited for other states. But I don’t think Tasmania will be the same for win, when they switch back to Channel Nine.

  2. Cut back and yell we need more support. Save our voices, thats the slogan their using. State based bulletins are not regional based programs. I live in the bush and l no interest in what happens outside my own region. Win has the All Australian News but honestly l never watched it as l have no interest in what happens in another state. Just a program filler….

  3. It will be pointless for WIN News to screen in Mackay when it returns to 9. 9/SCA currently air 9 Local News into Mackay without any local news at all.
    WIN/10 don’t currently air anything into Mackay either.

    1. “WIN/10 don’t currently air anything into Mackay” which is why a new state-wide bulletin will be produced for “Mackay, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay”. “WIN maintains these will see additional local news gathering staff employed in these regions”. If 9 Local News Queensland is anything like they produce for NSW then I share your sentiment that 9 uses the term “local” very loosely.

  4. … think about it .. it makes absolute sense … the whole basis of regional television aggregation was that a combined population of one million could sustain three competing commercial television companies … not individual towns like Wagga or Orange …

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