Sky News has announced it will expand its coverage of regional news and current affairs by opening a news bureau in Cairns that will service Far North Queensland.
The new regional bureau will provide live coverage of news and events and will also contribute analysis on the issues affecting the region to Sky News programs on Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather, A-PAC and its international service Australia Channel.
Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO Australian News Channel said: “Across everything we do from news, weather and business reporting to our award-winning national affairs programming, the issues and events taking place in regional Australia form an important part of our coverage. Multi-channel and multi-platform, we have the depth and breadth of programs to ensure the issues affecting Australians living outside the big cities are comprehensively covered on a national platform.”
In a further extension of its regional news coverage, Sky News recently launched a programming initiative that sees its leading primetime news and current affairs program Paul Murray Live broadcast each week from a different regional town. In the lead up to the federal election, Sky News anchor Paul Murray and his team shine a light on the issues affecting regional Australians and their communities in the special Live broadcasts airing Thursdays at 9:00pm AEST on Sky News Live (Channel 601)
Sky News Anchor Paul Murray said: “I love going on the road and going where the real story is. While most of the media and people in Canberra take the regions for granted, we don’t. I can’t wait to not just bring Paul Murray Live to Far North Queensland but to have a permanent base for the region to be front and centre in the national debate.”
To date Paul Murray Live has broadcast Live from Cooma NSW, Coolum Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Tamworth NSW and the Central Coast of NSW.