Amy Duggan and Kerryn Johnston are WIN Canberra's new sports and news presenters.
WIN Television has confirmed its existing Wollongong-based presenters Kerryn Johnston and Amy Duggan will present the Canberra bulletin from Monday.
Johnston will present news and Duggan (nee Taylor), a former Canberran and Matildas soccer player, will present the sport.
Tonight represents the end of an era for television news in Canberra, with WIN broadcasting its final bulletin from the national capital.
Leaving ... Danielle Post.
Journalists and camera operators will continue to work from Canberra for WIN but from Monday the bulletin will be broadcast from Wollongong and read by the Wollongong-based presenters.
WIN has also confirmed the 30-minute bulletin will be broadcast live from Wollongong at 6.30pm.
Outgoing Canberra newsreader and chief-of-staff Danielle Post, who is starting a new job with Channel Nine in Sydney as the assistant chief-of-staff, has urged Canberrans to continue supporting the bulletin.
‘‘If we can look through what’s happened, the bottom line is, there is still a team here who lives, breathes and loves Canberra and they’ll still be there at the press conferences, and they’ll still be there questioning and they’ll still be giving Canberrans a voice and they’ll still be walking the streets with every single Canberran,’’ she said.
‘‘And the best thing Canberra can do is support them, support the team, because they will still be giving local news the local aspect of it.’’
Post said she had no inkling that changes were being made until staff were called to a meeting on Wednesday morning.
‘‘I was shocked, I felt sad and I was also a little bit relieved to know they are not removing the service altogether and that it is still going live, which is a big thing for Canberra which has a lot of late-breaking news,’’ she said.
‘‘But I was quite upset. It’s going to be my last night tonight and the last bulletin out of Canberra.’’
Post, 29, will be working in Channel Nine’s Sydney newsroom alongside chief-of-staff Fiona Dear who also worked for many years in the WIN Canberra newsroom as a reporter and chief-of-staff.
She had secured the job before the announcements about the changes to the bulletin were made.
‘‘It’s sad because I’m leaving a team, I’m leaving a city and I’m leaving a workplace which I absolutely love and which I’ve put three years of my life into it,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m also excited because I’m going to a job that I am really, really looking forward to. There’s a sadness and a disappointment about what has happened here but the positive is, it will still be local journalists and a local team.’’
WIN Network chief executive officer Andrew Lancaster announced the Canberra presenters in a statement, saying Johnston had been with the network since 2001 and Duggan since 2005.
“Kerryn Johnston is a respected newsreader and journalist. She brings to the desk 25 years experience and has played a pivotal role in positioning the WIN network as Australia’s leading local news provider,” Mr Lancaster said.
“Kerryn has been an active supporter of a number of charitable causes including being a notable advocate for autism awareness.
“Amy Duggan has an innate understanding of Canberra having originally hailed from the nation’s capital. She also brings an insider’s perspective to sport following a career as a national soccer player with the Australian women’s team the Matildas before moving to a full-time career in television in 2005.
“Before joining WIN, Amy co-hosted the football-reality television program Football Superstar on pay TV channel FOX 8 and has hosted and commentated many sporting events including an ongoing role with the W League [on ABC TV], the national competition for women’s football.
“Both Kerryn and Amy look forward to spending time in Canberra and working alongside the many business and community groups that are the heart and soul of the city and its surrounding areas.”
Mr Lancaster maintained the appointment of Johnston and Duggan ‘‘provided further evidence of WIN’s commitment to the people of Canberra and the local half hour news service’’.
“As the only commercial network producing a local news in Canberra, we are determined to continue providing a genuine half-hour live news bulletin covering the people, places and issues affecting Canberrans,” he said.
“However, in order to do so we must look for ways to innovate and improve efficiencies in order to remain viable in this ever challenging operating environment.”
“The presentation of the nightly news bulletin from WIN’s Wollongong headquarters will not affect the process of news gathering in Canberra at all. The number of reporters and camera operators, their contacts and relationships with local people and players and understanding of the city and its key issues is unchanged.”
Post, meanwhile, wanted to express her gratitude to viewers.
‘‘The past two years and 10 months have been incredible and I really want to thank Canberra and the support, especially, that has come out in the last couple of days has been really uplifting,’’ she said.
She expected her last bulletin to be emotional.
‘‘Yeah, it’ll be emotional but it’ll get done and it’ll get done well but it will be sad. My final goodbye will be the final goodbye,’’ she said.