WIN’s weeknight news bulletins will be moved to 5:30 pm, and a one-hour national bulletin will then be broadcast in Canberra from 6:00 pm followed by A Current Affair after the network’s reaffiliation with Channel Nine.
WIN Corporation and Nine Entertainment Co signed a new regional affiliation deal in March, effectively ending WIN’s bulletins on Channel 10. The deal, and the changes, come into effect from 1 July.
WIN News in Canberra will continue to be broadcast in its current format, but state news programs will now be broadcast into eight regional areas across Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster said there would be job cuts in Queensland, Victoria and Wollongong due to the changes.
It is not yet known how many jobs will be lost, but there will not be any cuts in WIN’s Canberra newsroom, which has four journalists, four camera operators and a chief of staff.
Mr Lancaster said the network would still broadcast local stories from these areas across the state.
“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,” he said.
The fate of around nine journalists and production staff at Nine’s Canberra bureau is unknown.