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Nine Network confirms launch date for Illawarra 6pm news service

NewsKevin Perry

From Monday, February 13, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) in conjunction with its affiliate partner, the Nine Network, will broadcast a dedicated Nine News Illawarra bulletin to Wollongong and the South Coast region.

Whether it's reporting on the Premiership hopes of the St George Illawarra Dragons, keeping up with Sally Fitzgibbons or covering the next passenger cruise ship to dock at Port Kembla, the Nine News Illawarra team will be on top of what matters most in Wollongong and surrounding areas.

The one-hour bulletins will be broadcast at 6.00pm each week night, compiling local stories, dedicated local sport and weather reports, together with the very best in national and international coverage that viewers have come to expect from Nine News.

Presented by Vanessa O’Hanlon, the Illawarra bulletin is the second in a series of Nine News regional bulletins to be rolled out in the coming months as part of one of the biggest expansions of news operations in Australia.

Local news-gathering staff, living and working in the local community, with production and editorial staff based in Sydney as part of Nine’s new regional news division, will bring Illawarra residents the news that matters most to them and their communities.

Grant Blackley, Chief Executive Officer of SCA, said:

“We are pleased to be able to broadcast a Wollongong based news service for our viewers. We are committed to investing in jobs and our local communities, bringing the best local stories to air and providing our Wollongong and South Coast clients and businesses with new opportunities to reach their customers.”

Mike Dalton, Director of Regional News for the Nine Network, said:

“We’re just one week away from launching the biggest expansion in regional news reporting this country has ever seen, with our first bulletin launching in Canberra next Monday. Then, one week later it will be Wollongong’s turn to experience the bulletin that Australians turn to for trust, credibility and experience.”