A former Imparja staff member says the television station did not give any indication it would be cancelling its news service.
The Aboriginal-owned station laid off at least seven staff last week and cut its flagship current affairs program and news updates.
It moved into new, multi-million dollar headquarters earlier in the year and also made a bid to buy Channel Nine in Darwin.
Former news director Tim Francis says he cannot understand why the station was able to afford a new building, but not local programs.
“The most remarkable thing I think is they’ve got this … $9 million state-of-the-art digital facility, and you’ve basically just got a sales team sitting in there now,” he said.
“So it’s just phenomenal in that regard, I reckon.”
Imparja broadcasts to more than 400,000 people in outback communities from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Great Australian Bight.
The station has pledged to produce 6 per cent of its airtime, but without a local news service it will only produce one weekly program – for children.
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