I’m not sure how viewers in the relevant regions feel about Prime7 Local News compared to NBN/Nine News and WIN (in the Southern NSW regions where they have full bulletins), but personally I don’t think the format/presentation is as good as it could be. Now don’t get me wrong, Madelaine, Kenny & Karl make some presenters in metro markets a bit pathetic by comparison.
But each time I see the “generic regional filler” items on what is supposed to be a full local news bulletin I wonder whether it’d be better to just shorten the 6pm bulletin(s) and extend the running time of Prime7 News at 6.30pm (or the delayed/cut down version of Seven News in the case of the Albury/Wodonga, NSW/VIC Border market).
I actually think the non-Newcastle regions of Northern NSW might benefit a little (with an emphasis on little) from adopting the same format for news that Nine has in the other aggregated markets on the East Coast.
Feel free to throw things at me right now!