Ray Martin to present The Local Angle: Saving Your Voices program on WIN TV

PREMIERE: Ray Martin stars in The Local Angle: Saving Your Voices campaign, which will premiere on WIN TV on Monday, December 28 at 6pm.
PREMIERE: Ray Martin stars in The Local Angle: Saving Your Voices campaign, which will premiere on WIN TV on Monday, December 28 at 6pm.

Celebrated television journalist Ray Martin is on a mission to ensure Australia's regional communities don't "lose their soul".

So on Monday Martin will present a special program which looks at the Important work of local TV, radio and newspapers in regional Australia.

The Local Angle: Saving Your Voices program will premiere on WIN TV on December 28 at 6pm providing viewers with an understanding of the threat to their local news under current regulations.

The program reveals how they go beyond reporting the local news to also provide free advertising and marketing support for vital medical services, charities and amateur sporting organisations across Australia.

Australian journalism icon Martin is the face of 'Save Our Voices 2020', a campaign by the regional media industry to highlight the value of local journalism and the urgent need for federal politicians to legislate to protect its future.

The campaign is a collaboration between Australia's largest regional media news organisations, WIN Network, Prime Media Group, Southern Cross Austereo and ACM.

TALKING SHOP: Ray Martin, the face of 'Save Our Voices 2020' campaign, dropped by Wollongong recently and caught up with Illawarra Mercury deputy editor Lisa Wachsmuth and editor Julian O'Brien. Picture: Robert Peet

TALKING SHOP: Ray Martin, the face of 'Save Our Voices 2020' campaign, dropped by Wollongong recently and caught up with Illawarra Mercury deputy editor Lisa Wachsmuth and editor Julian O'Brien. Picture: Robert Peet

As part of the campaign, Martin interviews news gatherers, newsroom leaders and regional media bosses from around the country about the importance of journalism that covers regional Australia.

"This [The Local Angle: Saving Your Voices] is a program about the Increasing loss of community voices in regional Australia which has left many regional towns and cities without a local TV news service, breakfast radio program or a newspaper.

Without local media to represent them, they will not be heard in Canberra or Macquarie St or Spring St," Martin said.

He added the newspapers and local TV newsrooms are slowly fading and switching off across the country.

"We must save these trusted local media voices that connect communities and inform them of local events and Issues. If we fail, our communities, our society and our democracy, will be the poorer for it."

Visit www.saveourvoices.com.au and sign the www.change.org/saveourvoices petition to support the campaign.

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This story Ray Martin's program to help regional media survive, to air on WIN TV first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.