WIN sacks Nine News Adelaide presenters

WIN-owned Channel Nine Adelaide has sacked Nine News presenters Georgina McGuinness and Michael Smyth.

Contracts for both will not be renewed.

McGuinness, who presents weekend bulletins, has been with Nine since 1987. Smyth, who presents the weekday Nine news bulletin with Kate Collins, joined in 2008.

Collins will present the weeknight bulletin solo from December 1st and a new weekend presenter will be announced shortly.

Nine’s Adelaide General Manager Graeme Gilbertson said, “These moves fall in line with a network restructure and I sincerely thank both Georgina and Michael for their outstanding contribution to Channel Nine Adelaide”.

Smyth added, “I have really enjoyed my time at Nine News, and wish my colleagues all the best for the future. They are a talented and dedicated group who deserve every success. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in my career.”

Last week WIN-owned Nine News averaged 75,390 viewers to Seven’s 133,518 viewers.

The official Press Release did not quote McGuinness.


  1. What a major blunder!! You sack 2 of the best newsreaders and lovely people and then chose to keep Kate Collins who had her sorry backside removed from ACA because people couldn’t handle her and wanted Tracy Grimshaw back because she knows what she’s doing. You say Kate Collins will be solo until you appoint another weekly news reader………Watch your ratings while she runs solo and then, maybe, you might realize your mistake.

  2. Its like WIN is degrading the 6pm Adelaide News so that when the ratings go even lower than their already pathetic low numbers, it is going to give them the excuse to axe the 6pm Adelaide news bulletin, sell of the Tynte Street studio building in North Adelaide, and take another news bulletin on relay, most likely the Nine Melbourne one with more AFL stories which WIN does not produce. Shame, WIN, Shame!

  3. How on earth do you justify sacking Michael Smyth?

    He is the Best newsreader in Australia – our incredible loss will be someone’s wonderful gain – probably interstate and he will continue to win awards there too.

    Improve your news content – ridiculous that Aussie rules football is still a main topic
    on the news in Summer!!

    Wake up Channel 9 you are going to lose a massive amount of viewers.

  4. Nine damage their brand again.

    Ratings, the fire that fuels the commercial beasts is way more complicated than what a single program rates. Its not allways direct. There is an algorythum where trust, loyalty effects everything. Look at me, im young (27) and stopped watching Nine almost totally since they axed Sunday. Nine dont understand this (they are just a board room now, always looking for short term fixes). The dayly news in Adelaide has gone progressivly down hill.

  5. To Steve Sydney,

    Regarding “I doubt changing Newsreader will increase ratings…

    Although in saying that… here in Sydney, I for some reason don’t warm to Chris Bath which is why I stick to Nine with Peter Overton. I even like Georgie Gardener on Fridays and Saturdays. I don’t like Wendy Kingston though, go figure”

    Obviously you don’t really need news if you consider Nine or Seven’s bulletins as the only choices. Wake up to yourself !

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