CQ WIN News here to stay
WIN News Rockhampton isn't going anywhere, anytime soon.
There were fears the popular Central Queensland local television news bulletin would not air after Thursday night, due to ongoing affiliation issues between the WIN Network and Nine Entertainment Co.
WIN and Nine had been arguing over the terms of a new licensing deal which would continue to see WIN access Nine's programming.
Their previous deal was set to expire at midnight on New Year's Eve, prompting fears darkness would fall over WIN stations.
But those fears were quashed on Thursday when WIN and Nine made a last-minute deal to extend their affiliation agreement for six months, to June 30, 2016.
The relationship between WIN and Nine dates back to the early days of television with Bruce Gordon having held a seat on the Nine board in the 1960s.
WIN has been a Nine affiliate since the late '80s and is now Nine's largest shareholder, owning 14.95% of NEC.
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster assured viewers everything would continue as per usual.
"WIN understands the importance of free-to-air television to regional viewers and advertisers and we will always work to broadcast the best programs in our 23 markets across regional Australia," Mr Lancaster said.
"The six-month agreement extension provides a continuing program supply for our viewers and advertisers as we explore business opportunities."
In further news for WIN Rockhampton, Jordan Koster will step into the role of chief of staff locally following the departure of respected local journalist Aaron Kelly from the role last month.
Ms Koster will start at WIN Rockhampton on Monday.