Yep, I agree. This type of thing really annoys me too.
From my observations, Nine News Sydney seems to have been getting their reporters to cover stories outside their viewing area (including a number of reports from NBN-land) more frequently in recent years - even for stories you think a Sydney perspective wouldn’t really be needed…like getting Sophie Walsh out to a snowy Black Springs (just South West of Oberon, which itself would be in the Nine News Central West viewing area) and just last night, Mark Burrows did the voiceover for the “Sydney version” of a crime report that would’ve been covered by Sam Cucchiara on Nine News Queensland.
I can only presume that Darren Wick and/or Simon Hobbs subscribe to the “viewer familiarity” factor - that Nine News Sydney viewers (apparently) expect to see Nine News Sydney reporters covering news stories outside the viewing area/interstate even when a more locally based reporter could do an equally or even better job.
Yeah, I’ve been thinking of sending the NBN/Nine News branding concept to them but am not 100% who’s in charge of actually branding the station and therefore who it’d be most relevant to. Kylie Bulcher or NBN’s current news director?