Agreed. Exactly the same as the metro bulletin did.
Send either Paul or Sam to Townsville and have the other in the studio.
In this case, when they haven’t done that, I would’ve rather had Melissa start the bulletin. Either way, they need to show someone at the scene honestly.
I’m also not a fan of throwing to the metro bulletin for coverage of major events, but when the metro presenter is live somewhere from the start of the bulletin, I think it could be quite easy to simulcast the metro bulletin for the start of the bulletin.
Like this would be good:
They could’ve had Paul/Sam read the headlines and for the last one feature the floods and have them say “Nine’s Melissa Downes starts our coverage tonight live from the scene”, have the normal Nine News (whereever) title card sweep across and then go straight to Melissa Downes. 99% of viewers wouldn’t have thought anything of it, to most it wouldn’t seem that different to any reporter being live at the scene.
When the metro bulletin threw back to Garry Youngberry, the regional bulletin could have had Melissa pre-recorded saying something about the situation here and then “Paul, Sam, back to you in the studio”, have the local window then start with one of them “Thanks Melissa, Melissa Downes reporting there from Townsville. Now to today’s local news …”