Sky News and WIN have announced further investment in regional free-to-air news channel Sky News on WIN with the launch of Sky News Across Australia with Peter Gleeson.
Premiering on Monday 27 January at 7pm AEDT the new program will combine the resources of Sky News and WIN, bringing viewers the stories that really matter to regional Australia, and explore the big issues facing communities outside of the big capital cities.
The introduction of the new program is likely to upset some Sky News On WIN viewers with the show set to occupy a timeslot currently filled by far-right commentator Andrew Bolt.
A spokesperson for Sky indicated Bolt would remain part of the regional channels line-up, but declined to provide further details when contacted by TV Blackbox:
Sky News program, The Bolt Report will continue to air weeknights on Sky News on WIN in a new timeslot, with further details on the full programming schedule to be made in the New Year.
The introduction of the new nightly regional current-affairs program comes after recent criticism of the free-to-air news channel after it failed to deliver live coverage of the NSW Bushfire issue due to broadcast rights issues.
Broadcasting LIVE weeknights on Channel 53 in Northern NSW and Channel 83 across WIN’s regional network, the new hour-long program hosted by Gleeson will cover issues affecting Australia’s heartland, including drought, water security, jobs, infrastructure, population and health.
Media commentator and former newspaper editor Peter Gleeson will host the program out of the Sky News Brisbane studio, holding Federal and State politicians to account on behalf of regional Australia.
During the program Peter will provide regional news updates, including breaking news from WIN newsrooms across the country. Sky News Weather meteorologists will produce a nightly weather forecast tailored specifically to viewers watching Sky News on WIN. Peter will also commission special features from Sky News reporters for a closer look at the people and places which make our nation great.
Andrew Lancaster, CEO WIN Network said:
“WIN’s commitment to local news in regional Australia is unmatched. We are proud to be taking that one step further and working with Sky News to create a bespoke one-hour program that will be only about regional Australian issues, weather and keeping conversations going on matters of importance to people in our viewing areas.
“We welcome Peter Gleeson to our Sky News on WIN channel and thank the Sky News team for working to deliver this new important program.”
Paul Whittaker, CEO of Sky News said:
“We’re proud to be partnering with WIN to continue investing in news and current affairs coverage in regional Australia. More than ever it’s so important that there are resources dedicated to sharing news updates and informing regional communities. This new program will speak specifically to our viewers outside our metro cities and provide them with the latest news they need to know.
“It’s great to have Sky News Across Australia with Peter Gleeson added to the program line-up on Sky News on WIN. Now viewers can start their day with Headline News from 6:00am with fresh news headlines every 15 minutes and get the latest story developments and the news they may have missed throughout the day with Peter Gleeson.”
Peter Gleeson added:
“Having grown up in regional Australia, I have an affinity and understanding of what makes these cities and towns tick. This will be a unique show that delves into not only the big issues that confront regional Australians but the news and views of everybody linked to these areas.”