Television news is changing in the Illawarra from this evening.
Nine Local News will now air at 5.30pm before Nine's National News at 6pm.
Wollongong's Natassia Soper will host the bulletin and said it will have strong Illawarra flavour.
"This 30 minutes of news is really dedicated to regional news so you'll be seeing stories that are at the heart of local towns and local news.
"You'll get a comprehensive wrap of all the news that you need to know from right across our state from Canberra to Orange, Wagga Wagga and here in the Illawarra," she said.
Soper said in the current climate news has become vital to local communities.
"I think we need this more than ever with lots of businesses and families doing it tough with COVID.
"This is a way to get local voices heard and the issues heard, not only the bad ones but the good ones as well," Soper said.