WIN journalists, camera operators and editors set to lose their jobs in just nine days have been treated in a "disgraceful" way, readers say.
The WIN newsroom in Orange is among the closures, so too are Albury, Wagga Wagga and Queensland's Wide Bay (which covers Hervey Bay and Bundaberg).
On Wednesday, around 40 staff across the four locations were notified their bureaus were going to shut for good on Friday, June 28.
Reaction on social media was swift with many Australian Community Media readers slamming the treatment of WIN staff and lack of notice they received that the newsrooms would shut.
"Oh no how disgraceful to those honourable people who have given us so much of their lives, [I] do hope you get other positions elsewhere. Thank you," Kay Hotham posted.
Christine Bonham wrote: "Very sad for our region. Hope they all cope OK through this rough time".
Other readers said regional communities often lost out on services those in the cities took for granted.
"This is why the state is called NSW - Newcastle Sydney Wollongong. No votes for any political parties west of the great divide," Ken Bourke posted.
While Kirsty Smith wrote: "Once again the separate state that is west of the [Blue] Mountains losing what to a vast majority of people see as an essential service".
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Marg Smith posted: "So very disappointing for rural and regional news, all those specialised workers. More overseas news feeds which we are all sick of hearing about. We will have no Australian content left."
Others, however, were not surprised by the closures.
"It has been coming for a while it's not an overnight decision-making process . Viewers vs advertising vs ratings a real war. Will be sad to see it go. I hope the staff are relocated if that's what they want. Or obtain roles with other networks locally," Chris Ace Williams posted to social media.
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