News Melbourne is the evening, weekend edition of the national news broadcast of the Nine Network, Australia. It is generally aired in Melbourne, Hobart and Tasmania, and several other regional areas. Like all other Nine News bulletins, the Melbourne news bulletin usually runs for one hour, on the same night, on any given day. However, it is occasionally extended to a few nights in a row, in some cases. The exact number of times it extends, or when it does extend, varies between stations, and is determined by broadcast schedules.
The beauty of this feature is that there are no commercials, unlike some similar products on television. In addition, there is no sign of commercials during the news, as is the case with some of the other popular news programs on television. The news itself is reported in a fairly casual tone. It refers to events as they happen, without comment or analysis. It often refers to places, landmarks or people as part of its coverage.
It begins with breaking news. There are usually at least a dozen breaking news reports in any given hour. These include stories based on factual evidence, as well as accounts of disputed issues, controversial topics, or anything that may be of interest to readers. For example, one could follow the story of an explosion in a shopping mall in Melbourne, which claimed the lives of two children. Then a few seconds later, another story would report that a former prime minister, John Howard, had addressed the incident.
After a brief introduction to the various segments of the program, it moves on to other subjects of current interest. There are usually a few stories about local events, including politics, crime and entertainment. Sports are always near the top of the list as well. A few minutes are devoted to weather, with reports on cold fronts, rainfall and sunshine. This segment of the program is often followed by financial and business news.
News readers and reporters may write up their own reports and submit them to the station. Many people who live in or around the city find the news organizations’ reports fascinating and useful. They can help keep people informed during severe weather, natural disasters and other significant events. This can be particularly helpful during school holidays and when schools close.
News reporters are not credentialed journalists, but rather news assistants. They have the job of interviewing locals for the news, transcribing their interviews, writing up stories based on information they gather, and submitting them to the newsrooms. Many newsrooms employ a combination of staff members, including reporters, to round out the reporting process.