Is this news as in news reports?
It could be any kind of new information or occurrence.
Right, OK, as in English. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't just a general substantive adjective, e.g. the official new uniforms, cars, forms, etc.
Yes, those are good ideas.
The formal news?
I wouldn't use "formal" here. Formal is a manner of behavior. If you sais a "formal announcement" it would be possible. The mayor made the announcement. But the news he gave was official accredited to fact.