WIN News

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WIN News
WIN News logo (2012-).png
Division of: WIN Television
Founded: 1960s
Headquarters: WIN Wollongong
Area served: Regional Australia
Broadcast programs: All Australian News
WIN News
Parent: WIN Corporation
Theme Song: Cool Hand Luke (National Nine News 2006 Version)
Steel by Paul Foss (used as closing theme)

WIN News is a local television news service in parts of regional Australia, produced by WIN Television. 17 regional bulletins (along with two statewide bulletins and one national program) are presented from studios in Wollongong, Maroochydore and Hobart.

History[edit]

As well as its flagship nightly bulletin, WIN Television has, in the past, produced a number of public affairs programmes at its original Wollongong station, WIN-4, such as community affairs program Roving Eye and Sunday Review, a weekly review of international, national and local stories.[1]

On 30 January 2006, the network's Tasmanian news bulletins were moved from separate local and national bulletins to a single, half-hour bulletin featuring local, national and international news. This was reported by The Hobart Mercury as being due to the previous arrangement's poor ratings. WIN's main competitor in the area, Southern Cross Nightly News, had at the time a 64.9% share of the 6.00pm news audience during the 2005 survey period.[2] In June 2011, WIN axed its Tasmanian weekend bulletins - they were replaced by simulcasts of the Melbourne edition of Nine News - but were reintroduced a year later.

On 18 August 2006, WIN Television announced that Griffith's locally produced news bulletin would be axed and merged with Wagga Wagga's half-hour bulletin.[3][4] The decision was criticised by the local council and chamber of commerce, who stated that the isolation of the area increased the need for local content and information.[5] The amalgamated Wagga Wagga bulletin is presented and produced from Wollongong.

In April 2009, two regional bulletins were introduced in Queensland serving Mackay & the Whitsundays and the Wide Bay area. The Mackay bulletin was axed in May 2015, alongside the Mildura news service in Victoria.[6]

In March 2012, WIN announced it would axe its weeknight Western Australia bulletin with regional news coverage incorporated into a localised edition of Nine Afternoon News at 4:30pm, produced and presented from Perth.[7] The last edition of WIN News Western Australia aired on 9 March 2012.

On 18 February 2013, WIN axed its pan-regional bulletin for the Mount Gambier and Riverland areas of South Australia.[8] The program had been broadcast since the merger of separate bulletins for the two areas in October 2010.[9] Ten staff at newsrooms in Mount Gambier and Loxton were made redundant.

In June 2013, WIN announced it would move studio presentation of its Canberra bulletins to Wollongong - the company's studios in Kingston continue to operate as a newsgathering base.[10]

In May 2015, WIN axed its bulletins in Mackay, Queensland and Mildura, Victoria.[11]

In July 2016, All WIN News bulletins moved to 6pm due to becoming an Ten affiliate. The Tasmanian bulletin moved to 5:30pm–6:30pm.

Regional services[edit]

New South Wales and the ACT[edit]

WIN TV studios in Kingston photographed in 2010.

WIN News New South Wales & ACT produces four bulletins for southern New South Wales & the ACT, broadcast from WIN's Wollongong headquarters with newsgathering teams and camera crews based in Canberra, Orange, and Wagga Wagga.

The bulletins are presented by Geoff Phillips with Amy Duggan presenting sport and weather forecasts for the Canberra bulletin are presented by Hannah McEwan.

The head of news for New South Wales and the ACT is Stella Lauri.

Victoria[edit]

WIN News Victoria produces five separate editions for regional Victoria, broadcast from the Wollongong studios, with newsrooms also based in Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton (Goulburn Valley & Northern Victoria), Traralgon (Gippsland) and Albury.

The bulletins are presented by Bruce Roberts with sport presenter Amy Duggan. Weather forecasts are presented on weeknights by Tanya Dendrinos.

The chief of staff for all WIN News Victoria services is Jeff Sly.

Queensland[edit]

WIN News Queensland covers six of the seven regional markets - the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton & Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Cairns & Far North Queensland, Toowoomba and Townsville & North Queensland. All bulletins are broadcast from WIN's studios in Maroochydore.

  • The Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Cairns bulletins are presented by Paul Taylor with sports presenter Josh Minogue.
  • The Toowoomba, Townsville and Wide Bay bulletins are presented by Lincoln Humphries.
  • Weather forecasts for all regions are presented by Hannah McEwan.

The state news manager is Chris Wordsworth and the state news sub-editor is Corinne May. The production manager is Carl Bulwinkel.

Tasmania[edit]

WIN News Tasmania is a statewide bulletin and presented by Lucy Breaden on weeknights and Tom Cooper on weekends from TVT's studios in Hobart. Sports news is presented on weeknights by Brent Costelloe. Weather forecasts are presented on weeknights by Hannah McEwan.

Weekend bulletins were previously axed in July 2011, when they were replaced with a simulcast of Nine News's 6pm Melbourne bulletin,[12] but were reinstated a year later.[13]

South Australia[edit]

90-second news updates are broadcast on weekday evenings in the Limestone Coast and the Riverland. The updates, presented by Melissa Russell are produced in co-operation with The Border Watch and The Murray Pioneer. They air on all three WIN-owned network affiliated stations during the 6pm timeslot.

All Australian News[edit]

WIN also produces All Australian News, an hour-long national program which airs on WIN Television at midnight and then again at 7am the following morning.

All Australian News is a compilation of human interest and feature news stories that have aired on WIN's various regional news bulletins in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania. All Australian News commenced airing in February 2014.[14]

The program has been presented from both WIN Television’s headquarters in Wollongong and WIN's Maroochydore studios on the Sunshine Coast.

In July 2016, All Australian News moved to 7am and 11:30pm due to becoming an Ten affiliate.

Schedule[edit]

WIN News airs at several different times on weekday evenings depending on state.

State Bulletins
New South Wales Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Orange
Victoria Albury, Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, Goulburn Valley and Northern Victoria (Shepparton)
Australian Capital Territory Canberra
Queensland Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Wide Bay
Tasmania Statewide covering local, national & international news

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WIN4 Company Records and News Film". University of Wollongong. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  2. ^ Lower, Gavin (5 January 2006). "Jobs on the line as WIN axes local news". The Mercury. 
  3. ^ "Griffith disappointed at loss of local WIN service". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 August 2006. 
  4. ^ Rowe, Tim (19 August 2006). "Local news hit hard in merger". The Daily Advertiser. 
  5. ^ "Griffith - No WIN News". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 September 2006. 
  6. ^ WIN TV Mackay, Mildura in shock closures, tvtonight.com.au, 22 May 2015
  7. ^ WIN cancels WA news bulletin, WAtoday.com.au, 12 March 2012
  8. ^ WIN cuts regional news and staff, ABC News, 19 February 2013
  9. ^ Riverland and South East share TV news, The Murray Pioneer, 29 October 2010
  10. ^ WIN TV to move Canberra news bulletin to Wollongong, Canberra Times, 26 June 2013
  11. ^ Knox, David (22 May 2015). "WIN TV Mackay, Mildura in shock closures". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  12. ^ WIN's Tassie turn off, The Mercury, 25 June 2011
  13. ^ Local bulletins return, The Mercury, 12 July 2012
  14. ^ WIN adds midday news bulletin David Knox, TV Tonight, 4 February 2014