WIN TV’s Wollongong headquarters will soon produce five half-hour news bulletins for regional Victoria, after the network confirmed it would sell its Ballarat office.
The out-of-state news bulletins are expected to be delivered from the company’s Mount Saint Thomas premises by the end of February 2016.
Ballarat newsreader Bruce Roberts will relocate to Wollongong, where he will present bulletins for Victorian towns almost 1000 kilometres away.
The company issued a statement on Tuesday confirming jobs would be affected by the move.
"Some roles will be affected by the move and our first priority will be to ensure that anyone in those affected roles has an opportunity to be redeployed," WIN Network chief executive Andrew Lancaster said.
"If WIN is to continue to provide a local voice regional voice to regional communities via our 17 daily news bulletins, then we need to find more efficient ways to deliver that news.
"In this case it means utilising existing facilities."
The sale of the Ballarat premises echoes a similar change two years ago, in which Wollongong’s live news broadcast was axed to allow the Canberra bulletin to be read from Mount Saint Thomas.
However, it is believed the new Victorian production will not affect Illawarra broadcasts as it will be produced in a different studio.
Earlier this year, WIN announced it would close two regional newsrooms in MacKay and Mildura, with Mr Lancaster saying at the time that the company “needed o continue to review our operating model to ensure the ongoing success of WIN as a business”.