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WIN Local News from Wollongong

I noticed that WIN Television decided to run a “state and territory” edition of WIN Local News tonight from their Wollongong studios with reports from various parts of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

This probably won’t be a popular statement with the staff at WIN Canberra, but I thought it was a substantial improvement. With Nine News being so Sydney-and-Parliament-House-centric, it was nice to see a half hour bulletin filled with news of substance from across the ACT and regional New South Wales. I was particularly impressed by the fact that, despite it being Boxing Day and therefore not the busiest of news days, the WIN bulletin was filled with news of substance, unlike the Canberra bulletin which seems to struggle to fill the bulletin most nights.

I would be quite happy to see an ACT and New South Wales bulletin as a nightly thing on WIN in place of the existing service, although I would prefer to have a more detailed local weather report than the rushed state overview which we saw tonight…or just a longer version of the state overview, which seemed to work well except for the short amount of time allocated to it.

Well done WIN, that was one of the few quality Aussie productions that we’re likely to see on the box in the coming week.


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#1 Comment By padders On December 26, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

Hi Samuel

I couldn’t agree with you more. I was watching thinking ‘what a vast improvement this is.’

But I thought it was braodcast from Orange, not Wollongong. I seem to remember the presenter eminating from the TV in a motel when I stayed in Orange last year.

Anyway, I hope it wasn’t a one-off.


#2 Comment By Samuel On December 27, 2008 @ 1:20 am

WIN produce a large number of bulletins from their Wollongong hub, which is also the home of Geoff Phillips (not that he lives in the studios…as far as I know anyway).

Apart from the Wollongong news, Geoff also presents the Central West New South Wales, Griffith and Riverina editions.

Incidentally, the title graphics showed that the bulletin was coming from Wollongong, as the pulsing dot on the map of Australia was located there.

I’d suggest that we may see a repeat on New Year’s Day, but I think that we’re probably stuck with the Canberra edition on other days. I might have to write to WIN and ask them to consider making the state/territory bulletin a regular thing though.

#3 Comment By padders On December 27, 2008 @ 8:13 am

That makes sense. I missed the pulsing dot at the beginning! Yes, let’s hope for a repeat on New Year’s Day – but not a repeat of the news…particularly yesterday’s news – something which one Canberra AM radio station excells at!