It's a disappointment because it's been promoted as 9News Canberra & 9News Illawarra; two different bulletins (not completely different, but different) yet today it seems only the sport segment was localised.
I have to agree with the earlier questions about how many dry runs did Nine actually do, if any?
If the structure of today's bulletin is indicative of the future, this is going to be a complete disaster once the other areas come on-board, and there's no excuse for getting so many of the other simple things wrong:
The lack of headlines, the stupid 9News transition right after the region-specific opener, the static backgrounds throughout; as someone pointed out last week TCN9 already have story-specific backgrounds for most of the stories (for 9News Sydney) so creating a few for the Sthn NSW/ACT stories isn't a massive amount of work.
Hopefully today was a compromise due to problems (such as time/resources required to really do this within deadlines, because of their lack of proper rehearsals), and tomorrow will be better, but given most of the other things haven't been fixed (any, except for the chair?), I'm not holding my breath.
Nine need to fix the problems immediately. (I want this project to be a success, but it's off to a very bumpy start.)