|Southern Cross Ten|
|Launched||June 2, 1962|
|Owned by||Macquarie Media Group|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV),
|Broadcast area||Regional Queensland,
Regional New South Wales,
Australian Capital Territory,
Western South Australia
|Formerly called||Southern Cross Network (1989-1992)
Ten [region name] (?-2002)
|Website||Macquarie Media Group|
|Analogue||Tuned to various frequencies|
|SD Digital||Channel 5|
|HD Digital||Channel 50|
|Foxtel Digital||Channel 110|
|TransTV Digital||Channel 5|
|NC Digital||Channel 10|
Southern Cross Ten is an Australian television channel broadcast by the Macquarie Media Group in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. The channel is owned by the Macquarie Media Group as is affiliated to Network Ten. On November 5, 2007, the network was officially purchased by the Macquarie Media Group.
Prior to 2002, the network was known as "Ten <region name>" (e.g. Ten Townsville), and took generic Ten branding. At first, the new name wasn't used much, but when the Australian Broadcasting Authority instituted new regulations for local content, local programming and later on, some station graphics took on the Southern Cross Ten brand.
GLV was the first regional television station in the country, launched on December 9, 1961. BCV-8 launched in the same year, on December 23, while STV followed four years later, on November 27, 1965. GLV-10 became GLV-8 in 1980, when Melbourne commercial station ATV-0 moved frequences to become ATV-10 The network began life in 1982 as TV-8, but later changed its name in 1989 to the Southern Cross Network. 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).
Regional Victoria was aggregated in 1992. Vic Television, based in Shepparton and Ballarat affiliated with the Nine Network, while Prime Television, based in Albury-Wodonga became an affiliate of the Seven Network. Southern Cross, therefore, took on an affiliation with Network Ten. Soon after, it changed its name and logo to SCN, directly emulating the look of its metropolitan counterpart. Local news was axed six months later, while the name and logo changed once again to Ten Victoria.
Canberra-based station Capital Television was purchased by Southern Cross' owner, Southern Cross Broadcasting, in 1994. It was soon integrated into the network, taking on the name Ten Capital soon after.
Southern Cross Broadcasting acquired Telecasters Australia in 2001. As a result, Ten Queensland and Ten Northern NSW became a part of the Southern Cross Ten network, while Telecasters' other assets - Seven Darwin and Seven Central - were later integrated into the Southern Cross Television network. Local news bulletins in Canberra and parts of Queensland were axed on November 22, 2001 - one of a number of moves taken by Southern Cross and competitor Prime Television that resulted in an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Authority into the adequacy of regional news.
The network expanded into the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill areas on December 31, 2003 under a supplementary license granted to Southern Cross GTS/BKN by the ABA. Southern Cross Ten moved away from generic Network Ten branding - in use since the early 1990s for most areas - with a new logo, similar to that of parent company Southern Cross Broadcasting.
Three-minute local news updates were introduced in 2004, following recommendations put into place following the ABA's report. The brief bulletins, produced out of the network's Canberra production centre, are made for the network's seventeen license areas.
It was anticipated that the network would be acquired by the Macquarie Media Group, following a AU$1.35 billion takeover recommendation made to shareholders by Southern Cross Broadcasting to shareholder on July 3, 2007, and on November 5, 2007 this purchase took place.
Southern Cross Ten's programming schedule is almost identical to that of its metropolitan counterpart, Network Ten, with some differences. Notably, Infomercials are shown in place of Judge Judy during the day and in place of other programs overnight. As well as this, locally produced programming such as Hook, Line and Sinker, State Focus and Country Matters are also shown on the network.
Southern Cross News bulletins are produced for each of the seventeen licence areas served throughout regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The bulletins consist of three-minute local news updates that are broadcast four times throughout the network's daytime schedule. As well as this, a weekly half-hour regional current affairs program, State Focus, is produced at Southern Cross Broadcasting's television production facilities in Canberra for each broadcast market.
Prior to the formation of the Southern Cross Ten network, the Canberra and north Queensland stations broadcast one-hour nightly localised news bulletins. However, both were axed in late 2001 due to cost-cutting.
Southern Cross Ten is available in analog PAL and standard definition digital format. In all areas except Broken Hill and the Spencer Gulf, an additional 1080i high definition simulcast is also available. The network is available primarily through free-to-air terrestrial transmitters, with subscription cable also provided by TransACT and Neighbourhood Cable in the Australian Capital Territory and Ballarat, respectively.
The network's owned-and-operated stations include:
Tasmanian Digital Television, part-owned by Macquarie, follows a schedule similar to that of Southern Cross Ten.
Southern Cross Ten's first networked logo produced and used across its regional stations was in 2002, featuring the word Southern Cross below Network Ten's logo. This logo was used across the network until 2005, when a new logo was introduced featuring a blue and yellow star with the word Ten added beside Southern Cross. This logo has been used since, and was launched concurrently with similarly designed logos on Southern Cross Television and across Southern Cross Broadcasting's other assets.