• Local media content crucial to Tasmanian communities
• WIN decision to axe Tasmanian bulletins bad news for local storytelling
• End of an era for local television, devastating news for staff and viewers
The decision by the WIN Television Network to axe its nightly and weekend Tasmanian bulletins will have a profound negative effect on local media content and important media diversity.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said Labor would write to the network to have the decision reversed and the Hodgman Liberal Government should also be urgently talking to network directors to ensure local jobs are not lost among journalists, camera operators and production staff.
“As the first television network to go live to air in Tasmania, this is extremely sad news which is also damaging to our entire media landscape,” Ms White said.
“In Tasmania it’s critical we continue to have a good depth of local media – which we have enjoyed for decades – and a depth in the ability for communities to have access to local story-telling.
“By taking that away as WIN has announced it will do by broadcasting bulletins from the mainland, the ability of communities to share local stories is lost.
“Media diversity is critical to both viewers and the political process so Tasmanians are able to form their views.”
Rebecca White MP Labor Leader