Seven News (Regional Qld)


Central Qld




Central Queensland had 4 main packaged stories (though nothing live). Mackay had 3 stories.


The metro bulletins are doing fine; it is the lack of coverage on the national bulletins that is puzzling me. Their focus is on Sydney’s flooding.


What a surprise!


I’m not sure where to discuss this, but as we’ve already started here, I thought i’d continue.

Speaking to people at work today (and then my parents in Mackay tonight on the phone), there is heaps of frustration from QLDers at the lack of coverage of these emergencies on national news.

My parents said to me tonight that they turned on Sunrise yesterday morning to find out what was going on as there were fires close to their area and they said they waited about 15-20 minutes and the entire time all they spoke about was rain in Sydney. They flicked to Today and it was exactly the same apparently.

Then again yesterday afternoon, they saw on Facebook that Gracemere was being evacuated near Rockhampton, and as we have heaps of family there, they turned on the TV hoping they’d have breaking news coverage, but there was nothing.


Rockhampton only seems to make national news when it is flooding.


Streaming 7 News Mackay right now.
There’s an emergency warning advising residents to seek shelter as the fire is heading straight for a town west of the city and there’s no way to evacuate now.

But, again, not live… fucking ridiculous!

Once again, 9 News coverage is far better with live crosses and detailed current information, including information about the rescue helicopter evacuating residents. 7 News coverage mentioned the Eungella fire for the first 2 minutes and was far less informative.


7 News Mackay tonight, full bulletin including bushfire emergency coverage. Pre-recorded.

For comparison, 7 News Sunshine Coast which was broadcast live.


‘you have a good weekend, and you have a good weekend’ - Rob does Oprah haha.

The transitions in those openers are shocking… The headline words, script and pictures are never timed properly!


Christmas in regional Queensland


Paywall article in Courier Mail about Rob Brough and his “surprise axing” as host of Family Feud.

From 1990 to 1995, Family Feud, with Brough as host, was a huge success for Seven, one of the only national television shows to film out of Brisbane.

With no warning, Brough was axed by Seven and replaced with John Deeks at the end of 1995.

It was one of those cloak and dagger TV sackings that were common in the industry at the time, brutal and unfair.

The show would only last for a few months with Deeks as host.


Non paywall


Also of interest:


Re: 23 years - did broughie ever get his own presenter shot in the opener during the 04-10 era?

And I refuse to believe he wasn’t the originator. Before Broughie there was nothing, after him there will be nothing.


Rob did get his own walking shot



Promo for Rob hosting the Lord Mayor Carols.


This is probably the best topic for this. I have a rough plan on how Seven can improve their production standards of their regional QLD bulletins so that it will remain competitive for the long run. Not only will this allow the bulletin’s pace to be much faster and much easier to digest, it also solves the problem of running outdated stories from many hours ago which occurs commonly if the bulletins are pre-recorded. In addition, this proposed idea (if it ever comes into fruition) will probably even benefit the Gold Coast area in the long run.

Since Nine has composite bulletins for every market, Seven should do the same, but split into North and South edition:

Northern Edition

  • Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Rockhampton, Mackay areas to receive the same bulletin they have received for years. Same presenting team (Rob, Joanne, Nathan, Livio). Air at 6pm with the latest national/statewide and international news + Local inserts.

Southern Edition

  • Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba + Gold Coast Area to receive a new bulletin presented by Rod Young and Amanda Abate from the Gold Coast studios. Same format as the Northern edition with latest national/statewide and international news + Local inserts.



The problem with that is the Sunshine Coast is where Rob and Joanne are based in and is 7 Regional Qld’s main home, so Rod and and Amanda fronting the Sunshine Coast broadcast from the GC wouldn’t go down well with locals.

I personally, didn’t really think there was an issue with what they are currently doing. All bulletins are quite successful (Maybe not the GC one) but Seven QLD has formed strong local connections in areas. Making the move like 9 and having local, state and international stories I don’t really think would work. We have all seen how poorly Nines have been put together (Regardless of the argument that “they are being produced for SCA”, which I think is completely weak)


There could be different outcomes if Seven accepts the format:

  1. Viewer acceptance. The split regions would alienate viewers constantly watching Rob and/or Jo reading their local news in the South. Although practical, it could also backfire as they would face the prospect of losing viewership. By the way, giving Maroochy and Surfers Paradise a half hour more also means more money to spend and could not get the favourable results for Seven who’s trying to keep the top spot for Brisbane news this year.

  2. Regional News Crews. For me, the new format could also influence other regional outlets handling (at least) a license-wide service for news. I discussed on Twitter with @SydneyCityTV a few years back on Prime7 having a statewide composite news at 6, and we always look at NBN for reference. I always imagine the said format and transitioning to local windows as if it is a reality for Prime. If we look at NBN, then that would need a smooth timing between studio and control room. Plus, if 7 wants to use the GC studios for the South edition, they need to spend more money on buying a separate control room. (AFAIK, the Gold Coast News is controlled by the 7 News Brisbane one in Mt. Coo-tha.) Hypothetically possible, but not at the present time.


Why change things when it works well and 7 is Qlds number 1?