Regional media hit by sackings
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily
REGIONAL journalists, camera people and station-workers at WIN Television will learn their fate tomorrow, after it was revealed the network would shut its newsrooms in Loxton and Mt Gambier.
The cost-cutting measures come the same day as another regional broadcaster, Southern Cross, announced a 52 per cent fall in profit in a year it described as "one of the most difficult periods in the group's history".
Southern Cross has newsrooms in Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Whyalla for its GTS/BKN stations.
WIN television's cuts in the Riverland and South East emerged yesterday when the ABC reported that 10 editorial positions have been cut, prompting an angry response from Mount Gambier mayor Steve Perryman.
Indaily understands that at least three of those positions are full-time journalist roles.
Staff were notified on Monday their positions were redundant and the news services were ending immediately.
Perryman said WIN's sudden announcement to cease their local news service was a crushing blow to the South East Region.
"The local news service has been an important part of our community for decades," he said.
"The people of the South East have valued it as a reliable source of news and information that is most relevant to us.
"The television news service is more than information, it has been an important part of our regional identity and I am angry that such a brutal decision has been made."
Perryman sympathised with the staff at the station whose jobs would be affected by the move and attacked station management for what he said was a heartless refusal to deny the local crew's request to broadcast one final 'farewell' edition and thank locals for their loyalty over the years.
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