WIN News will cut jobs and no longer provide dedicated local TV bulletins to regions across Victoria and Queensland, the network announced on Monday.
Statewide bulletins for Victoria, Queensland and western parts of southern NSW will screen from 5.30pm when WIN once again links with the Nine network from July 1.
"The move to state-based bulletins in Queensland and Victoria will result in a reduction in news gathering staff in these regions as well as in the News production facility in Wollongong," WIN chief executive Andrew Lancaster said in a statement.
"As is always our priority, WIN will make every attempt to redeploy, second or retrain any impacted employees to suitable, alternative employment within the WIN Group.
"We will be working through a process over the coming weeks to determine the resources, skills and experience required to continue to gather and tell local stories in the state bulletins."
Victorian agriculture minister Mary-Anne Thomas was among those to express disappointment about the decision.
"Devastated to hear this news," she said on social media.
"A tough day for the regional news crews who do such a brilliant job bringing the stories that matter to rural and regional Victorians to our screens each night.
"My thoughts are with you right now."
WIN said its bulletins in Canberra, Wollongong and Tasmania would continue in their existing format, but also move to 5.30pm.
"WIN has always prided itself on delivering local news and whilst some of these changes are impactful, the statewide WIN News bulletins will be telling local stories across more regional communities with the most important stories of the day," Mr Lancaster said.
As part of the announcement, WIN said its news would be screening in the Mackay, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions in Queensland; Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Griffith in New South Wales; and Albury-Wodonga on the NSW-Victoria border.
"The creation of these bulletins will see WIN employ additional local news gathering staff in these regions," the network said.
WIN confirmed in March it would be returning to a partnership with Nine after five years as an affiliate of Network Ten.
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