WIN-Tasmania scraps Hobart news bulletins

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

WIN NEWS Tasmania bulletin team (photo credit: ABC)The WIN Network is stopping the broadcast of weeknight news bulletins in Tasmania from out of the Hobart studios.

The last local edition will air tomorrow, with the bulletins to continue from WIN’s central studio in Wollongong, NSW on August 13, 2018. TEN Eyewitness News First at 5 will replace the weekend news slot on August 18.

WIN’s Tasmania news team will concentrate on producing the content to be aired at Wollongong. No details are available on assignments for hosts Lucy Breaden (pictured, centre) and Brent Costelloe (pictured, right) going forward.

“Whilst the presentation location of our weeknightly WIN News is changing, WIN’s newsrooms in Tasmania will continue to provide the stories of interest to Tasmanian viewers as well as WIN News updates as normal throughout the day on weekdays,” said WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster.

Although Lancaster insists that the move will not result in job losses for the current staff, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – Tasmania president Mark Thomas was not as assured.

"Sadly, it's the end of a great television era in Tasmania in terms of WIN Television and formerly Tas TV which produced 60 years of television. They were the first television network to go live to air in Tasmania… People who go out every day and do three or four stories a day and do them with passion and do them to the best of their ability to bring local news to Tasmanians all around the state, some of those young people are going to lose their jobs this week and that's very sad," he said.

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