Australian FTA TV News Services

A non-specific thread relating to all Australian free-to-air television news services, in general - ABC News, SBS News, Seven News, Nine News, Ten News, Prime7 News, GWN7 News, Southern Cross News, NBN News, WIN News.

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A question: if you could work for one of two news services, which would you pick: [poll]

  • Australia’s No.1 news service
  • A particular city’s No.1 news service

Neither, I’d go for the one which does the best quality coverage.


Fair point, good choice :blush:

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Not meaning to derail your thread or anything mate :slight_smile: Some of us are just farmers’ market-shopping, latte-sipping inner city elitists


The good news for Nine is that week 2 of the Canberra news increased ratings over week 1. That’s a good sign for nine people are finding it.

The bad news is this theory people don’t like local news. In fact what they don’t like is dodgy looking low quality local news like WIN and Nine’s new SNSW effort.

If Win and Nine put out something more akin to 9 News Darwin - they would be dominating.

But unfortunately Lori at WIN and Mike at Nine just aren’t that great at their jobs and put to air sub-standard quality of product. Viewers can tell - and so the slick sydney news comes out on top.


I’d only call it slick once the constant autmation errors stop :wink:

I have no doubt that having polished and professional On-Air Presentation is important, but do John & Jane Smith from Dapto really come home from a long day at work and think “I’m going to watch Seven News tonight because they have a real set while Nine and WIN use a green screen!”? Somehow I doubt it.

For most viewers, I’m pretty sure that the content and presenters are the biggest influencing factors as to why people watch a particular news service.

I think KICK-IT is referring to Seven News Sydney and it’s viewership in regional areas.

Although if you ask me, the word “slick” isn’t really a great word to describe Seven News Sydney these days. Perhaps “less bad than a couple of years ago but ultimately, still a resource-starved product” would be a more accurate term.


I don’t think anyone is basing News choices on sets and GFX. No. but people are basing their choices on overall quality. It looks and feels cheap. Vanessa not good. Viewers don’t know it’s a green screen and locked off shots with no OTS but they can sure tell the overall feel and quality of the bulliten is lacking. And that influences viewing choices no doubt. Especially when Canberra and Wollongong had 9 news sydney for 2 decades at least. -and then boom one Monday it’s gone and replaced by this. The noticeable drop in overall quality is Enough to send people to prime7

It just looks and feels awkward, stilted, and viewers can pick up on that. The bizarre backdrops that you actually have to look at for an hour. The awkward transitions being live and pre-record - it’s not a good viewing experience. And viewers have voted with their remotes


In reply to this comment on the seven news thread, I thought i’d start a poll about which news set [in breaking news mode] you preferred.

  • Seven News
  • Nine News
  • Tim Bailey

0 voters

A couple of pics of the link trucks covering the start of NRL season 2017, at Shark Park tonight.
Left-to-right (in first pic): ABC News, Ten Eyewitness News, Seven News, Nine News.

Note: Seven actually had two link trucks on-site because they had Mel McLaughlin OB Sport on the front lawn of the club, crossing to Liam Cox on the other side of the stadium with a live interview.


And how an interview looked On-Air vs BTS:


I think this is the best thread to put the following.

ACMA has released a report on local content in Regional Australia:

It also includes ratings for local TV news services in regional Australia prior to 30th June 2016 (ie. before the WIN/SCA affiliation switch).

Report posted here

100% of free-to-air television national news directors have an Anglo-Celtic background – and they are all male.

These are the findings of the report Who Gets to Tell Australian Stories released this week.

It also found ABC, Seven, and Nine’s boards have overwhelmingly Anglo-Celtic representation, while SBS was the only network with an Indigenous Board Member.

However, ABC has a female-dominant board.