It’s not often networks find themselves on the receiving end of remarks from politicians in the Top End….
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner is calling on “the head of the Nine Network” (that would be Hugh Marks, Minister) to reverse a decision to produce its Darwin bulletin from Brisbane.
Nine has confirmed a small number of job losses with a decision to switch the locally-produced bulletin into its new regional model. That means the news is produced and read elsewhere, but retaining local reporters and location crews.
“I call on the head of the Nine Network to seriously consider the ramifications of reducing its local content,” Gunner told the NT News.
“As a capital city that is the gateway to Asia, it is critical we have a local television bulletin coming out of Darwin.”
Gunner maintained a local news presence was very important to the Territory community.
“We don’t want to see a loss with people telling the Territory’s story.”
Yesterday a Nine spokesperson said “The people of Darwin will continue to get the best local news service from Nine, with reporters on the ground in Darwin covering all the breaking local news, sport and weather, mixed with the important national and international stories from the Nine team of reporters around the country and the world.”
The loss of a locally-produced bulletin comes despite the government dropping the $127m licence fee for 2016 / 2017.