Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 9 News Today announced that 15 new local Nine News bulletins in regional Queensland, Southern New South Wales, and Victoria.

Toowoomba native Samantha Heathwood will front the regional Queensland bulletins, while Vanessa O’Hanlon will present the bulletin in Southern NSW and Canberra. Jo Hall will present the regional Victoria bulletins.

Samantha will present all seven regional Queensland bulletins to Darling Downs, far North Queensland, North Queensland, Mackay, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, and Sunshine Coast. The Darling Downs bulletin will officially launch on Monday, 14 August,

with the bulletins launching in the other regions throughout July and August.

The one hour Monday to Friday news bulletins will contain local stories and local sport and weather reports alongside state, national, and international news.

Samantha believes this is a critical development as it recognises the regional areas, which help make up the fabric of the state.

“It is also important for local and remote communities to have a voice as there are so many outstanding stories that come out of these areas. It really will be meaningful for them, especially to have a sense of connection to not only the state but to the

country too, and this bulletin will do just that,” she said.

Nearly 80 news staff will be employed and located in 18 regional and metropolitan areas, including Brisbane and regional Queensland.

“This is a big win for regional Australia. For the first time, our brand will be extended into country areas, offering regional viewers the very best in news gathering and reporting. We can’t wait to start telling the stories that matter the most to people in the new regions into which we’ll be broadcasting,” said Head of Nine News Regional Mike Dalton.

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