It’s no different to what every other network has done in every metro cities. The facilites are old, the large studio space is disused. It’s more cost effective to move to smaller upgraded premises, plus they can future-proof the new tech to see them through the next couple of decades.
IIRC Brisbane has the only metro stations that haven’t been relocated closer to the CBD, all three networks are still on Mount Coot-tha.
Exactly. Nine Sydney is moving from Willoughby to North Sydney in the near future, sure it’s sad that there’ll soon be no more stations locally still in their original studios (not the least because Nine was Sydney’s first TV station back in 1956) but this won’t be the end of the world.
The concerns I have about NBN’s move probably have less to do with new facilities (especially since an upgrade to HD for NBN News is well overdue) and more about the fear of possible cutbacks to the local news service. While NBN News continues to rate well, I’d be extremely surprised if the temptation to centralise production/presentation to Sydney wasn’t playing on the minds of the NEC hierarchy in recent years.
…and that’s only because they have a 99 year lease on Mt Coot-tha. Had the Brisbane studios been located somewhere else, based on the experiences of other metro markets they likely would’ve moved to places in/near the CBD sometime in the last decade or two.
Nine had plans to sell the site to the developers as the devs also own 4 Blake Street - so if they had the site they could basically redo the whole street.
It really needs to be done though. The area is quite rundown and the old Nine Darwin tower building has been squatted by local homeless people. It’s a common trend in Darwin for residents to reject any sort of new development in the city for no apparent reason.
Despite that, Nine’s building is still in an operational state with power clearly on - I’m not sure why they would keep it on for 7 months after vacating the site. A maintenance man visits once a week though.
Yes. It was owned first by Macquarie when Singleton was the majority owner. While it had some big clients, it also did work for 2GB and Singo’s mates like Gerry Harvey. It was very small. It tried to branch out into Melbourne a few years ago and they set-up an office there, but that experiment was short-lived.