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WIN’s policy of no news is good news

By George 12 March 2009 24

Has anyone else noticed that for some months WIN news goes ‘silent’ during some of their news reports? There is footage of the story but no sound. There was another incident last night and one last week on the Socceroos match.

Sorry if Riot has already covered this story but I find the on-going occurrence frustrating. How can WIN be so incompetent?

Even after each stuff-up there is no apology for the lack of sound during the report. And even though this has been happening for months they have not been able to correct the problem.


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Holden Caulfield 9:02 am 06 Apr 09

I like it when new ranters are so transparent, haha.

getlost 1:34 am 06 Apr 09

Kaliflower said :

As a former WIN employee I can assure you that the only monkeys working at WIN Television are situated in the news room.

I wonder what department you worked in while at Win Kalliflower? Hopefully not marketing with a log in name like that!

You sound as though you might be envious of those in the newsroom? Maybe been bitten by a green eyed monster??

Are you sure you aren’t former employee Geraldine Nordfelt? If not i’m sure you 2 would get on really well as you both seem to enjoy slandering your previous employer.

I enjoy watching win news local half hour. I understand there are people out there that may not but no one makes you watch it!! As for Kalliflower, keep your peanuts under lock and key, we don’t want the newsroom staff stealing them from an even bigger monkey like yourself!!!

redneck ninja 9:35 pm 12 Mar 09

As a person who had interests in the Canberra media scene, I may be of some assistance.

There are no monkeys per se at WIN. The reporters are all hard working and earnest, and those behind the scenes are as well. There doesn’t seem to be a level of complacency amongst the lot there, and the same goes for the other commercial TV and radio stations in the A.C.T.

In saying that, the main weakness is their experience. They all have big dreams, but limited guidance to get there, and there isn’t adequate support, either.

There is only a limited number of people who have the experience to pull off a decent news service in the territory – many of the up-and-commers who could take their place move to Sydney or Melbourne once they reach a certain level, or defect to PR.

The reality is that there’s limited pay on offer in Canberra, which is considered a regional market, not a metropolitan one. As a result, it’s hard to attract the right sort of people to the gigs on offer here. As advertising profits decrease because of the global financial meltdown, it puts increasing pressure on the newsrooms across the country, including Canberra, to cut costs. More graduates in their first year out of uni are able to make their big break, but at a sacrifice to quality.

Unless the TV and radio stations become more generous, which I doubt it, the situation is not going to change, no matter how many angry posts get published here. Ratings won’t change that either, unless there are new players who enter the market.

One commercial TV, one commercial talkback, one daily broadsheet and one commercial FM (MIX and 104 have the same newsroom). And of course the ABC.

Think about it. Something needs to change.

sepi 5:40 pm 12 Mar 09

Those two minute news updates on 7 and 10 are enough to fulfil their legal obligations to local content.

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