Prime TV denies news cutbacks
MEDIA reports that Prime TV’s North Coast news is under threat due to centralisation have been rejected by the chief executive officer, Doug Edwards.
On Monday online media pundits, The Spy Report, warned that Prime’s Tamworth studios, where the North Coast and North West bulletins are produced, would close in 2011 following the imminent closure of the company’s Wagga Wagga and Orange studios, which was reported in The Australian on Monday.
In that article, former Prime Orange journalist Rod Bruem wrote that the regional studios were being written off by their owners as ‘dinosaurs of the digital age’.
Sky News chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos, who began his television career at CBN 8, also warned regional television operators not to make the same mistakes as regional radio stations by becoming a ‘network feed with 1800 numbers and weather inserts attached’.
However, Mr Edwards told The Northern Star yesterday that Prime was not closing any studios.
“We will continue to employ the same amount of people and deliver the same amount of high-quality local news bulletins,” he said.
“We are centralising the presentation of our Orange/Dubbo and Wagga Wagga bulletins, but still with the same presenters and the same journalists.
“The decision to centralise the play-out of these two bulletins is the only decision that has been made at this time.
“North Coast viewers can expect their local news from Prime to continue to be the quality news service they currently enjoy, with the only changes likely to be enhancements as technology continues to evolve.”