612 ABC Brisbane

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City of license Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane
Branding 612 ABC Brisbane
Frequency 612 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date 7 January 1938 (1938-01-07)[1]
Format Talk
Language(s) English
Power 50,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates 27°18′42″S 153°1′3″E / 27.31167°S 153.01750°E / -27.31167; 153.01750
Affiliations ABC Local Radio
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations 4RN, 4ABCFM, 4JJJ
Webcast [1]
Website Official website

612 ABC Brisbane (callsign: 4QR) is an ABC Local Radio station in Brisbane, Queensland. It is one of the largest stations in the network, serving as a base for Queensland programming - many programs are broadcast across the ABC Local Radio network in regional and rural areas of Queensland when those stations are not carrying local programming.

The 2014 on-air team includes Spencer Howson, Steve Austin, Kelly Higgins-Devine, Tim Cox and Rebecca Levingston. Past presenters have included Madonna King, Peter Dick, Rod Henshaw, Andrew Carroll and Susan Mitchell.


612 ABC Brisbane studios in South Bank

Radio broadcasting began in Brisbane in 1925 when the Government of Queensland commenced its own broadcasting operations with the callsign 4QG - 4 denoted the state of Queensland; QG stood for Queensland Government. 4QG became a part of the ABC's radio network at its inception in 1932.

The ABC started a second Brisbane station on 7 January 1938, using the callsign 4QR. The new station carried national programming—the forerunner of Radio National—while 4QG aired mainly local content. On 28 July 1963, the two stations quietly switched schedules, with 4QR becoming the local outlet for Brisbane while 4QG picked up the national schedule. 4QG now operates under the callsign 4RN, in common with all other Radio National services in Queensland.

Until December 2006, 612 ABC Brisbane's studios were located on Coronation Drive in the Brisbane inner-city suburb of Toowong (a location severely damaged by water in the 1974 Brisbane floods).

A number of breast cancer cases at the ABC's Toowong studios led to the permanent evacuation of the entire site in December, 2006. 350 staff, from ABC television, radio and online, were relocated. For the next five years, the station broadcast from the ABC's Gold Coast studios. In January 2012, 612 moved to a newly built facility in South Bank.

In September 2006, 612 ABC Brisbane was "host radio broadcaster" for naturalist Steve Irwin's memorial service at Australia Zoo, Beerwah. Breakfast announcers Spencer Howson (from 612 ABC Brisbane) and John Stokes (from the ABC Sunshine Coast station) were chosen to host the broadcast, made available to radio stations around the world.


All programs are produced for a local or statewide audience unless marked National. All times are in Australian Eastern Standard time (UTC+10). Queensland does not observe daylight saving.

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612 ABC Brisbane has three reporters who work across a variety of shows.

Emma Sykes is the stations 'Cross Media Reporter' and files content for the 612 ABC Brisbane website as well as packages that are broadcast on the station.

Terri Begley is the Afternoons and Drive field reporter, filing a variety of stories from hard news to human interest pieces.

Miriam Hall is the Breakfast and Mornings reporter, focusing on breaking news as well as community stories that impact the people of Brisbane.


The Mornings show currently runs from 8:30am until 11:00am with the first 30 minutes devoted to the main news stories of the day. Prime ministers, premiers and other politicians will lobby to be interviewed in this first half hour.

After 9:00am talkback callers are encouraged to contribute to the day's debate.

However, Mornings has proved almost as controversial as the stories normally covered on the local current affairs show. Several people have presented the show over the years with their departure often making headlines.

Recent presenters have been Madonna King (2006–11), Steve Austin (2004-5), Kirsten Macgregor (2003), Susan Mitchell (2002), Andrew Carroll (2000-1), Cathy Border (2000), John Barton, Carolyn Tucker (1999), Anna Reynolds and Rod Henshaw.

In 2002, the ABC was forced to apologise to Andrew Carroll and admit he was unfairly sacked (See Media Release). Carroll was taken off-air after commenting, during an interview with Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, that he would have to "reconsider the terms of his contract" (or similar). Carroll's story was featured on the ABC's own media watchdog program Media Watch.

In October 2011, King announced that she would be leaving the station to spend more time with her children. In December 2011, Steve Austin was announced as King's replacement.


  1. ^ "Opening of National Broadcasting Station 4QR". The Queenslander. 12 January 1938. p. 33. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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