Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has axed its South Australian regional news service, Nightly News 7 Spencer Gulf, effective yesterday.

The half-hour news bulletin, which aired on the local relay of 7TWO, was the only remaining regional TV news service in South Australia, following WIN‘s axing of its local news in 2013.

SCA is said to be discussing redeployment opportunities for affected personnel.

Seven Spencer Gulf, which covers Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Augusta and Broken Hill, has had local news services since its predecessors, GTS4 and BKN7, commenced operation in the late 1960s.

SCA has a commercial monopoly on free-to-air viewers in the Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill region, providing local relays of all three commercial networks and a selection of secondary channels to a potential audience of around 130,000.

SCA continues to produce a Tasmanian news service, Nightly News 7 Tasmania, and presents news updates for its other regional markets.

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Source: ABC News, TV Tonight, SCA


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