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Southern Cross Television
Southern Cross Television Logo
Launched December 9, 1961
Owned by Macquarie Media Group
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Your favourites, Your station
Country  Australia
Broadcast area Tasmania, Darwin, Western South Australia, Central Australia
Website Macquarie Media Group
Availability
Terrestrial
Analogue Tuned to various frequencies
SD Digital Channel 6, 7
HD Digital Channel 60, 70
7TWO Channel 62, 72
Satellite
Optus C1 Transponder 6
Optus D1 Transponder 15

Southern Cross Television, or Southern Cross, is an Australian television network available in Tasmania, Darwin, Regional South Australia, and Central Australia. Although the programming varies from region to region, all areas are affiliated with the Seven Network and, in some areas, have a dual affiliation with either the Nine Network or Network Ten. On November 5, 2007, Southern Cross Television was officially purchased by the Macquarie Media Group.[1]

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History

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Origins

Southern Cross began as a small network of three stations in regional Victoria. The TV-8 network comprised GLV-10 Gippsland, BCV-8 Bendigo, and STV-8 Victoria.[2]

GLV was the first regional television station in the country, launched on December 9, 1961.[2] BCV-8 launched in the same year, on December 23, while STV followed four years later, on November 27, 1965.[2] GLV-10 became GLV-8 in 1980, when Melbourne commercial station ATV-0 moved frequences to become ATV-10[2] The network began life in 1982 as TV-8, but later changed its name in 1989 to the Southern Cross Network.[2] Soon after this, STV-8 left the network after it was bought by businessman Alan Bond, and eventually sold on to ENT Limited (owners of Vic TV and Tas TV).[2][3] In regional Victoria it was an affiliate of Network Ten:

1960s to the 1970s

Southern Cross Television commenced transmission via TNT-9 at 5:57pm on May 26, 1962. Fred Archer was the first person to appear on television in Tasmania, during its first five hours of transmission. On the opening night the station was officially inaugurated by Lord Rowallan. The Mickey Mouse Club was the first program to be broadcast, and advertisements included: Abbott’s cordial, Hydro, Launceston Bank for Savings, Peters Ice Cream, Hicks Atkinson and the Saturday Evening Express.

GTS/BKN began transmissions as a solus commercial television service by Spencer Gulf Telecasters in the upper Spencer Gulf in 1968, with Port Lincoln and Broken Hill commencing in 1970 and 1974 respectively.

1980s to the 1990s

TNT-9 logo before Southern Cross acquired it

On May 13, 1989, TNT-9 was bought by Southern Cross Broadcasting and was integrated into the Southern Cross Television network.

On April 30, 1994, Southern Cross Television went through aggregation and commenced statewide transmission. Tasmania was aggregated in 1994, albeit with only two stations - Southern Cross Television became a dual Seven and Ten affiliate, while TAS TV took programming from the Nine Network. Remote and Central Australia was the final area to be aggregated - one of the largest geographical license areas, taking in parts of the Northern Territory, western Queensland, and other areas in which terrestrial television signals cannot be received. Stations broadcast to this area mainly through satellite or re-transmission stations. Imparja Television, based in Alice Springs, became a dual Nine and Ten affiliate, while Seven Central became a Seven affiliate.

2000s

Southern Cross Broadcasting purchased Spencer Gulf Telecasters in April 2002. In 2002, Southern Cross Broadcasting and WIN Corporation joined forces to create Tasmanian Digital Television, which launched in late 2003. TDT is a sole Network Ten affiliate. Southern Cross Television operates the transmission of the station.

In 2003, Seven Darwin and Seven Central were purchased by Southern Cross Broadcasting, retaining their sole Seven Network affiliation. On December 31, 2003, Southern Cross Ten was broadcast for the first time to the Upper Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill broadcast areas, using a standard definition channel. In May 2005, the service was integrated into the Southern Cross Television network.

On December 3, 2004, presentation was centralised to Southern Cross Broadcasting’s play-out centre in Canberra. In May 2005, the service in Darwin was integrated into the Southern Cross Television network, losing its generic Seven on-air presentation. This coincided with Southern Cross Television in Darwin commencing dual affiliations with both the Seven Network and Network Ten.

Darwin Digital Television Is on Air from April 28, 2008 television station to be formed by a joint venture between PBL MediaNine and Southern Cross Broadcasting,TND Darwin, 7/10.[4] Based in Darwin, Northern Territory, it is expected to be a digital-only Network Ten affiliate, similar to other digital only channels introduced in Australia. It is expected to Launched in May (15 May 2008) 2008 and will broadcast on UHF-33 Band 7 MHz.

On July 3, 2007 Southern Cross Television's parent company, Southern Cross Broadcasting, recommended Macquarie Media Group's offer of AU$1.35 billion, for a takeover of the corporation.[5] On November 5, 2007, the network was officially purchased by the Macquarie Media Group.[1]

In early 2009, Southern Cross Tasmania dropped all of its remaining Network Ten programming, except for AFL telecasts, as it has gradually dropped other programming since 2004 when TDT was launched, which now broadcasts all Network Ten programming. It is now affiliated only with Seven and broadcasts all of its programming, except when AFL games are on.

News

Southern Cross News, formerly Southern Cross Nightly News, is a local news service produced by the Australian regional television network Southern Cross Television. Tasmania's bulletin is produced out of their studios in Launceston, while the Regional South Australia bulletin is produced out of their studios in Port Pirie. Other areas, such as that in central Australia and Queensland receive a telecast of Seven News Brisbane at 6pm.

Bulletins

Weekdays: Presented by Jo Palmer and Rob Fairs (sport) and Peter Murphy (weather)
Weekend: Presented by Kim Millar and Nick Price (sport), Tim Francis (sport) and Lee Dixon (weather)
Weekdays Only: Justine Northey

News Updates

Presented by Stephanie Cusack
Weekdays: Presented By Jo Palmer
Weekends: Presented By Kim Millar

Programming

Local Programming

Although, in the past, various birthday specials, telethons and locally produced TV shows have been aired. Quiz Quest (children's game show), The Saturday night show (variety), Down the line (morning talk/local events), Targa Tasmania (annually), The Saturday Morning Fun Show (kids), Tasmanian New Faces (talent), Launceston Cup (OB) and so on.

The series' that Southern Cross produce are listed below.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Hook, Line and Sinker is a fishing show hosted by former news journalists Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan.

Renovation Relief

Renovation Relief is a DIY Program hosted by famous wood-chopper David Foster in which he and a team of people from sponsors (i.e. Gunns) renovate a house, most commonly for people who have done something for the community or have disabled children. Renovation Relief is not airing at this time.

Targa Tasmania

For the two weeks in which Targa Tasmania runs, each night Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan share the events of the day in Targa Torque, this usually airs at around 10.30pm.

Holiday at Home

Holiday at Home is a lifestyle program which promotes places to stay at and things to do in Tasmania.

Discover Tasmania

This show was only screened in Tasmania and was produced by Southern Cross Television but is hosted by Seven Network personalities Ed Halmagyi and Tim Campbell and a mention was made about the Seven Network broadcast centre model in the village of Lower Crackpot in the Tasmazia maze complex. It is similar to Holiday at Home except featured more famous attractions and was arguably better quality television. The second season saw Tim Campbell being replaced by jack Campbell as host because Tim Campbell had moved to the Nine Network.

Homes of Tasmania

Homes of Tasmania is screened each year showcasing the year's award-winning homes. It is hosted by Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart, like Hook Line and Sinker.

Going Bush

This was the third show hosted by Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart. It was a five part series screening on Sunday mornings and later afternoons, about Tasmanian bushland and related topics, and co-produced with Forestry Tasmania. There have been two seasons. [1]

Burnie Ten - Ten Week Challenge

For the ten weeks leading up to the Burnie Ten Mark Connelly trains a group of people in a program sponsored by Southern Cross. Each week there are updates given during ad-breaks. In the beginning years of the program people who took part were well known in Tasmania, however in 2006 a Launceston family were trained to run the event.

Locally

Southern Cross Community Noticeboard

A service provided to the community to promote community based events.

The Scope

A service that informs the viewer what is on in the area.

Availability

Southern Cross Television is available in analog PAL and standard definition digital format. In all areas except Broken Hill, the Spencer Gulf and central Australia, an additional 1080i high definition simulcast is also available. The network is available primarily through free-to-air terrestrial transmitters, with satellite transmissions available in central Australia. The network's owned-and-operated stations include, TNT Tasmania, TND Darwin, GTS Spencer Gulf, BKN Broken Hill, ITQ Mount Isa, and QQQ Central Australia.

Logos

Southern Cross Television's first networked logo produced and used across its regional stations, featured a blue rounded square with the Southern Cross constellation in white.[6] This logo was used on TNT and GLV/BCV until 1993, when GLV/BCV adopted an independent logo. TNT retained the logo until 2000, when a new logo was introduced featuring an orange Tasmanian Tiger above the word Southern Cross.[6] In 2005, a new logo was produced and used across the network, this time to a blue and red star. This logo has been used since, and was launched concurrently with similarly designed logos on Southern Cross Ten and across Southern Cross Broadcasting's other assets. [6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Southern Cross falls to Mac and Fairfax". The Australian. 2007-06-03. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22708729-30540,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-03.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Brooklyn Ross-Hulands. "Southern Cross Ten: Victoria". AusTVHistory. http://www.austvhistory.com/scten/sctenvic.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-10.  
  3. ^ Bruce Arnold. "WIN, Gordon and ENT: chronology". Caslon Analytics. http://www.ketupa.net/win2.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-10.  
  4. ^ ACMA (2007-05-18). "New digital commercial television service for Darwin". Press release.  
  5. ^ "Southern Cross Broadcasting sold for $1.35b". abc.net.au. 2007-06-03. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/03/1968580.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-03.  
  6. ^ a b c Brooklyn Ross-Hulands. "Southern Cross Television History". AusTVHistory. http://www.austvhistory.com/sctas/sct.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-09.  

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