From tonight Monday, August 14, Southern Cross Austereo, in conjunction with its affiliate partner, the Nine Network, will broadcast a dedicated one-hour Nine News Darling Downs QLD bulletin to local residents.
With the very best on-the-ground reporting, the Nine News Darling Downs team will bring local residents of Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Dalby, Warwick and neighbouring areas the news that matters most, from monitoring the tourism trails on the Downs to tracking agriculture developments within the grains industry.
As part of one of the biggest expansions of news operations in Australia, the Darling Downs bulletin is the sixth of seven bulletins to be rolled out across the state in the coming months.
Presented by Queensland’s “girl-next-door”, Samantha Heathwood, the bulletins will be broadcast at 6.00pm each week night, compiling local stories, dedicated local sport and weather reports, together with the very best in national and international coverage that viewers have come to expect from Nine News.
Paul Taylor will present a dedicated sports report for the region, while Nicole Rowles will provide residents with a fully localised weather report.
News-gathering staff, living and working in the local community, with production and editorial staff based in Brisbane, will form an integral part of Nine’s new regional news division.
Grant Blackley, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Cross Austereo, said: “We are pleased that this partnership has been able to create jobs within local Queensland communities. Having local reporters who live in the regions means we can bring the best local stories to air, and provide our clients and businesses with new opportunities to reach their customers.”
Mike Dalton, Director of Regional News for the Nine Network, said: “We’re excited to be introducing the Nine brand of local news to regional Queensland viewers. The Nine News brand has a proud history that stretches back 60 years. Queensland is the most decentralised state in Australia and our reporters are committed to start telling the stories of local communities.”