Nine restructures Darwin news coverage with production moving to Brisbane

Nine Network is centralising its regional Queensland and Northern Territory news production in Brisbane, but Darwin will maintain its standalone weekday bulletins.

Reporters will still remain in Darwin to produce content, while other staff may be redeployed across the new regional Queensland bulletins which are currently being rolled out in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Wide Bay, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.

Nine will not be axing its local news bulletin Monday to Friday


According to NT News, the 6pm news will run out of Brisbane on weekends with Nine’s general manager in Darwin, Andrew Bruyn expecting “no more than 12” to be affected by the changes, dependent on which staff chose to take redeployment.

The decision is part of Nine’s wider regional news strategy announced last November as part of the network’s affiliation agreement with Southern Cross Austereo which at the time did not mention the network’s plans for its Darwin studio.

A Nine spokesperson told Mumbrella: “The people of Darwin will continue to get the best local news service from Nine, with reporters on the ground in Darwin covering all the breaking local news, sport and weather, mixed with the important national and international stories from the Nine team of reporters around the country and the world.

“The ‘back end’ of the work to put the bulletin to air will be now benefiting from the new technology and systems Nine have put in place as part of the regional news roll out across the eastern states.”

Seven and Ten currently do not have a local presence in the Northern Territory.


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