WIN shuts Tasmania news studio, will broadcast bulletin from Wollongong

REGIONAL CENTRE: WIN will produce its Tasmanian news from head office at Mount St Thomas. Picture: ROBERT PEET.
REGIONAL CENTRE: WIN will produce its Tasmanian news from head office at Mount St Thomas. Picture: ROBERT PEET.

WIN TV will produce its Tasmanian television news bulletins from Wollongong as the regional network completes its drive to centralise news presentation.

Journalists and camera crews will remain in the Apple Isle but presentation and broadcast will move.

“Tasmania is the last of WIN’s markets to have its news read out of Wollongong,” a WIN spokeswoman said. “All 15 other bulletins are presented from Wollongong.”

WIN also announced it would be axing its weekend news bulletins in Tasmania, and will take the Ten Network’s news instead.

Job cuts are expected in Tasmania, where the decision to present Tasmanian news from the Illawarra came as a shock, with staff told the new arrangements were to start in less than two weeks.

But there is no word yet on whether this will men more jobs for WIN in Wollongong – the Mercury’s questions to WIN on Wednesday about how many people work there, and whether it was anticipated this would increase, did not receive an answer.