WIN TV cuts in SA slammed by pollies
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ADELAIDE, Feb 19 AAP
February 19 2013, 5:22PM
WIN TV's decision to close two regional news services in South Australia has been slammed by politicians.
Independent SA senator Nick Xenophon says he will move to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to include regional SA so communities can receive news about their local area.
Staff in WIN's South-East and Riverland regions received letters on Monday saying the news broadcasts had ended and their positions were redundant, effective immediately.
Senator Xenophon said he was joining local mayors in expressing disappointment about the loss.
SA Regional Development Minister Gail Gago said it was a blow for communities where people would lose their jobs and leave an enormous gap in regional media.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the closures will hurt rural communities and reduce both the quality and quantity of local news for all South Australians.
"The Greens are passionate about supporting local media, especially in regional Australia, and will continue to work to improve funding and tie it to content production quotas," she said in a statement.
Senator Xenophon said regional South Australia should be protected in the same way that eastern states are required to meet quotas for local content.
He will seek to amend section 43A of the Broadcasting Services Act to include SA, he said in a statement on Tuesday.
The section currently includes a requirement for local content in: northern NSW, southern NSW, regional Victoria, eastern Victoria, western Victoria, regional Queensland and Tasmania