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Division of: Prime7
Opening Theme: The Mission (theme music)
Headquarters:Head Office: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Area served:Regional Australia
Broadcast programs:Prime7 Local News
Prime7 News at 6:30
Parent: Prime Media Group

Prime7 News is a local television news service in parts of regional Australia, produced by Prime7. A statewide national bulletin, 5 full local news bulletins, and news update services are presented from Prime Media's National Headquarters in Canberra to viewers in Regional NSW, ACT, Regional VIC and Gold Coast QLD.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Prime7 is an Australian television network owned by Prime Media Group Limited, and an affiliate of the Seven Network. Prime Television launched on 17 March 1962 as CBN-8 in Orange, and has since expanded to cover regional New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra capital city of Australia

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia's largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall. The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory; 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne.


As a Seven Network affiliate it also broadcasts:

Regional services

Prime7 Local News

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The Prime7 Local News logo used 2017–present
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Former Prime News reporter Ashlea Brown interviewing Wagga Wagga Mayor Kerry Pascoe

Prime7's flagship bulletin airs at 6pm in five distinct local editions for the Border, Central West, North West, North Coast and Wagga Wagga broadcast regions. The bulletins are presented by Karl Lijnders and Madelaine Collignon, with meteorologist Elly Wicks as its weather presenter. Each region has its own reporter, such as Tamworth's William Kelly. Since the closure of the Tamworth studios in April 2015, the North West edition of the bulletin broadcasts live from Canberra.

Tamworth, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

Tamworth is a city and the major regional centre in the New England region of northern New South Wales, Australia. Situated on the Peel River within the local government area of Tamworth Regional Council, about 318 km from the Queensland border, it is located almost midway between Brisbane and Sydney. According to the 2016 Census, the city had a population around 33,885

After being broadcast on television, the latest bulletins from each of the five regions become available to watch on their respective YouTube pages.

In its website posted on 2 February 2017, Prime7 announced that the presentation of Northern NSW and Southern NSW local bulletins will be consolidated into a unified presentation format, known as Prime7 Local News, by 13 February, beginning with the introduction of dual presenter roles for Madelaine Collignon and Kenny Heatley (both of them began their career as the network's weather presenters), as well as Guy Fenton introduced as its interim weather presenter. This also comes after Southern NSW's final news presenter Freya Cole left Prime7 to contribute reports for Seven News. The 6.30pm national bulletin, however, remained under a single presenter format. More adjustments saw Lijnders, who was's founding moderator and a former meteorologist at ABC News, replacing Fenton in presenting local weather forecasts from 20 March.

ABC News is a public news service in Australia produced by the News and Current Affairs division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The division is responsible for all news-gathering and production of news output for ABC television, radio and online services. Although the ABC is owned and funded by the Australian Government, the editorial independence of the ABC is ensured through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983.

Due to family concerns, Heatley resigned from Prime7 with his final television appearance occurred on 31 July 2018. Reporter and non-bulletin regional news updates presenter Liz Gwynn took over his place afterwards, making a dual-female presenter role with Collignon (a rare instance in Australian television news services).

Prime7 News at 6:30

Until 21 February 2014, Prime7 broadcasts a delayed Seven News into areas that receive full Prime7 Local News bulletins on weeknights. Since 24 February 2014, Prime7 has produced its own live bulletin due to the extension of Seven News to one hour on the eastern seaboard. This is presented by Daniel Gibson at 6:30pm (Liz Gwynn is fill-in presenter), and covers national and international news that are being broadcast by Seven News in its metropolitan counterparts. Resident meteorologist Karl Lijnders presents the expanded weather forecast, which features state, East Coast metropolitan cities and national weather.

Seven News is the television news service of the Seven Network and, as of 2016, the highest-rating in Australia.

Daniel Gibson (presenter) Australian television presenter

Daniel Gibson is an Australian television presenter and is seen weeknightly across the Prime7 Television Network as newsreader and weatherman in the role of Network Presenter.

The statewide edition, however, does not cover across the entire New South Wales. Albury (which is served by sister station AMV in Victoria) does not receive this bulletin and continues to receive an edited version of Seven News Melbourne, which has been trimmed down to 30 minutes. [1] The edited version features the first half before joining live for sports and weather.

AMV is an Australian television station licensed to, and serving the regions surrounding Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga in south western New South Wales and north eastern Victoria. The station was, for many years, merged with RVN-2 as the Riverina and North East Victoria Television Service.

Local news updates

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The Prime News logo used 2001–2011

News bulletins for the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, and Wollongong were axed in 2001 (in the Gold Coast's case, 2000). At the same time, the network's Moree news bureau, which provided stories for the Tamworth bulletin, was closed. [2] This, as well as the closure of bulletin by Southern Cross Ten in parts of Queensland and New South Wales, prompted an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Authority. New rules were later set out requiring regional stations to offer minimum levels of local content, over a six-week period. [3]

Gold Coast, Queensland City in Queensland, Australia

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 569,997, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland's second-largest city.

Newcastle, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

Moree, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Moree is a town in Moree Plains Shire in northern New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the banks of the May may River, in the centre of the Jim plains. Its name comes from an Aboriginal word for “rising sun,” “long spring,” or “water hole.”

Two-minute news updates were introduced to Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra in 2004. There are also updates presented for Ballarat and Western Victoria, Central Victoria and Gippsland. These are presented by Liz Gwynn with weather presented by Daniel Gibson. Craig Moore presents weekend weather updates across the Prime7 broadcast area. The Gold Coast services does not current have any news updates and relies primarily on the BTQ news update telecasts, as well as Seven News Gold Coast.

Notable personalities

A number of well-known news presenters and television personalities began their careers at Prime7 News, including:

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