Prime Television will close its Orange and Wagga Wagga studios just short of their 50th anniversaries because it can’t afford to upgrade them, according to The Australian.
The stations, formerly known as RVN 2 and CBN 8/Mid State TV, produced hours of local programming including quiz shows, children’s programs and news in their glory days.
As previously reported, the weeknight half-hour News will now come out of Canberra.
SKY News chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos, who began his television career at CBN 8, said the era of proper locally produced regional television ended a long time ago.
“Technology is a great thing if we embrace it the right way. It’s important that regional TV doesn’t perpetuate the mistakes made by regional radio stations and remove so much localism that it has just become a network feed with 1800 numbers and weather inserts attached.”
An upgrade of facilities at the Albury studios is proceeding at a cost of less than $100,000.
Reports suggest Prime Tamworth could be next to go.
Source: The Australian