Southern Cross News
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Southern Cross News is the name given to regional news services airing on the Southern Cross Television and Southern Cross Ten television networks in Australia. News programming produced by Southern Cross' television stations varies between the various markets - with full services in Tasmania and western South Australia, news magazine programmes in Shepparton and short basic updates in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.
Much of the network's output is produced from the network's headquarters and presentation facilities in the Canberra suburb of Watson. The current news director is Alison Drower.
Southern Cross Television
Southern Cross Tasmania airs a full nightly bulletin seven days a week, combining state, national and international news and broadcast from TNT's Launceston studios. The 6pm program, presented by Jo Palmer on weeknights and Rachael Williams at weekends, is consistently the highest rating television program in Tasmania. These bulletins often brand themselves both with the Southern Cross News and Seven News brands, from time to time. Short updates also air throughout the day alongside national Seven News Updates.
Sports news is presented by Rick Fontyn (weeknights) and Michael Maney (weeknights) with Peter Murphy presenting weather on weeknights.
Southern Cross GTS/BKN broadcasts a 30-minute local news program for the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill areas each weeknight at 6.30pm, following Seven News Adelaide. The bulletin is presented by Tim Hatfield and broadcast from Canberra - with reporters and videojournalists based at newsrooms in Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Whyalla.
Short news updates throughout the day are broadcast on Southern Cross stations serving greater Darwin, Mount Isa and remote areas of eastern, southern and central Australia, presented from Canberra by Jocelyn Evans.
Under previous owners, a local Seven News bulletin for Darwin and Central Australia was produced until 2000. Separate update services were introduced in 2005 before being merged into one service in 2013.
Southern Cross Ten
Since 2004, short local news updates have been broadcast throughout the day on Southern Cross Ten stations in regional areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. These bulletins often brand themselves both with the Southern Cross News and Ten Eyewitness News brands, from time to time. The updates are produced from Southern Cross' Canberra studios and make use of news content from local radio stations owned by Southern Cross Austereo in each market. Local sport and weather reports also air on an sporadic basis. Short updates also air throughout the day alongside updates from Ten Eyewitness News.
The presenters of these updates are:
- Regional Queensland: Stephanie Sinclair (Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton) and Keiran Deck (Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Bundaberg)
- Northern New South Wales: Jessica Harris
- Canberra and Southern New South Wales: Alexia Boland
- Regional Victoria: Nikki Markovics
Fill In presenters include Tim Hatfield, Jocelyn Evans and Alice Higgins.
The Shepparton and the Golburn Valley area served by GLV/BCV receives a local news magazine program called Weeknights each weeknight at 6pm following Ten Eyewitness News Melbourne. The program, which includes local news updates, is presented by Ashleigh Gardener.
TDT Ten News
In 2013, Southern Cross News began airing updates on TDT in Tasmania. As the station is co-owned by Southern Cross Austereo and the WIN Corporation, it does not have any on-air association with either station and is branded as TDT Ten News. The updates follow the same format as updates airing on Southern Cross Ten stations and are presented by Jocelyn Evans from the Canberra studios.