Daily News for tele­vi­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

THERE are some ex­cit­ing times brew­ing at WestTV’s East Perth head­quar­ters, as the com­mu­nity sta­tion pre­pares to launch a nightly news show.

The chan­nel al­ready has a weekly cur­rent af­fairs pro­gram, Un­der­cur­rent, and the Daily News is seen as a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion.

The brain­child of sta­tion gen­eral man­ager Ti­bor Meszaros and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Rus­sell Goodrick, the Daily News will be a half-hour pack­age of the news of the day.

“It’s an ex­ten­sion of some­thing we started with Un­der­cur­rent,” Mr Meszaros said.

“Rus­sell wanted to do a lo­cal news pro­gram for Perth, be­cause ev­ery­thing is now un­der eastern states con­trol.

“Not as much re­mains for the lo­cal com­mu­nity news.

“We wanted to go back to the grass­roots with the news.

“What we don’t want to do is mir­ror what the oth­ers are do­ing, be­cause they tend to all be very sim­i­lar.”

The pro­gram has been in devel­op­ment for about five months, and was named af­ter the for­mer evening news­pa­per cir­cu­lated in Perth un­til 1990.

As well as its fo­cus on lo­cal news, the pro­gram will pro­vide a wrap-up of in­ter­na­tional news from part­ners Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle and Rus­sia To­day.

Mr Goodrick, a stal­wart of Perth ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, will an­chor the broad­casts.

He said the chal­lenge of a nightly news bul­letin had re-ig­nited his love for tele­vi­sion.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing,” he said. “I do have a pas­sion for news.

“Walk­ing in here to WestTV gives me that feel­ing again.

“Ev­ery­one is new to the game and they’re all ex­cited about be­ing in it.”

Mr Meszaros hopes the com­mu­nity fo­cus of the bul­letin will at­tract part­ners.

“We would like to en­gage the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses, the lo­cal peo­ple, to find spon­sors for the show,” he said.

“We think they will as­so­ciate with us be­cause we’re dif­fer­ent: we are lo­cal and we’re for the com­mu­nity.”

The Daily News 7pm.

Peo­ple can watch on WTV, or by down­load­ing the app YourView.

Jour­nal­ism stu­dents in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing or work ex­pe­ri­ence can email news@ wtvperth.com.au. screens at

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461015

WestTV gen­eral man­ager Ti­bor Meszaros, weather pre­sen­ter Krys­tel-Ann Evans, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of news War­ren Masil­a­m­ony and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Rus­sell Goodrick.

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