ABQ

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This article is about the Australian television station. For the city, see Albuquerque, New Mexico. For other uses, see ABQ (disambiguation).
ABQ
ABCTelevision.svg
Brisbane, Queensland
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC Television
Network ABC Television
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date 2 November 1959
Call letters' meaning ABC Queensland
Former channel number(s) Analog: 2 (VHF)
Transmitter power 200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height 336 m (analog)
355 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates 27°27′52″S 152°56′51″E / 27.46444°S 152.94750°E / -27.46444; 152.94750 (ABQ)
Website www.abc.net.au/tv

ABQ is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Brisbane, Queensland. It began broadcasting on 2 November 1959 and is based at purpose built headquarters on Brisbane's South Bank. The station is received throughout the state through a number of relay transmitters, and satellite transmission on the Optus Aurora free-to-view platform. ABQ's schedule largely consists of national ABC Television programming with opt outs for news & current affairs, rugby league and state election coverage.

For many years, the station was based at studios in the inner-western suburb of Toowong, with a transmitter at Mount Coot-tha. In late 2006, the Toowong studios were abandoned due to an unacceptably high rate of breast cancer at the facility. An independent study examined 10 cases of breast cancer reported at the studios, and found the incidence rate was 11 times higher than the general working community.[2]

Up until January 2012, staff worked from several sites around Brisbane, with ABC Radio based in nearby Lissner Street, Toowong, ABC News staff working from Network Ten's Mount Coot-tha studios, ABC Innovation and Online staff working at QUT Kelvin Grove, and other staff based in locations including Coronation Drive and West End. On 10 January 2012, ABC Brisbane moved into a new facility in South Bank.

Programming[edit]

Local programming[edit]

ABC News Queensland, is presented by Karina Carvalho on weeknights and John Taylor on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate state weather forecasts with Jenny Woodward as well as national finance presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.

7.30 Queensland, a locally produced current affairs program, is broadcast each Friday night at 7:30pm and presented by Matt Wordsworth.

ABQ also carries live coverage of Queensland Cup rugby league matches every Saturday afternoon during the season.

Networked programming[edit]

Relay stations[edit]

The following stations relay ABQ throughout Queensland:

Call Region served City Channels
(Analog/
digital)
First air date 3rd letter’s
meaning
ERP
(Analog/
digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
digital)
1
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABAQ Alpha Alpha 8 (VHF)
NA
19 December 1974 Alpha 0.021 kW 88 m 23°37′5″S 146°37′49″E / 23.61806°S 146.63028°E / -23.61806; 146.63028 (ABAQ) Alpha
ABAAQ Augathella Augathella 11 (VHF)
NA
8 March 1974 AugathellA 0.021 kW 51 m 25°48′23″S 146°35′21″E / 25.80639°S 146.58917°E / -25.80639; 146.58917 (ABAAQ) Augathella
ABBQ Barcaldine Barcaldine 10 (VHF)
7 (VHF)
19 December 1974 Barcaldine 0.02 kW
0.005 kW
61 m
61 m
23°31′43″S 145°15′33″E / 23.52861°S 145.25917°E / -23.52861; 145.25917 (ABBQ) Barcaldine
ABBLQ Blackall Blackall 9 (VHF)
7 (VHF)
19 December 1974 BlackalL 0.2 kW
0.05 kW
61 m
66 m
24°25′53″S 145°29′48″E / 24.43139°S 145.49667°E / -24.43139; 145.49667 (ABBLQ) Blackall
ABCAQ Cunnamulla Cunnamulla 10 (VHF)
NA
8 March 1974 CunnamullA 0.026 kW 41 m 28°2′54″S 145°42′6″E / 28.04833°S 145.70167°E / -28.04833; 145.70167 (ABCAQ) Cunnamulla
ABCEQ Charleville Charleville 9 (VHF)
11 (VHF)
8 March 1974 CharlevillE 0.26 kW
0.065 kW
99 m
99 m
26°24′59″S 146°21′20″E / 26.41639°S 146.35556°E / -26.41639; 146.35556 (ABCEQ) Charleville
ABCLQ Cloncurry Cloncurry 7 (VHF)
6 (VHF)
17 March 1971 CLoncurry 0.2 kW
0.05 kW
115 m
115 m
20°43′21″S 140°32′21″E / 20.72250°S 140.53917°E / -20.72250; 140.53917 (ABCLQ) Mount Avarice
ABCTQ Clermont Clermont 10 (VHF)
54 (UHF)
19 December 1974 ClermonT 0.1 kW
0.2 kW
89 m
80 m
22°51′22″S 147°38′39″E / 22.85611°S 147.64417°E / -22.85611; 147.64417 (ABCTQ) Clermont
ABDQ Darling Downs Toowoomba 32 (UHF)2 6
37 (UHF)
16 December 1963 Darling Downs 1600 kW
500 kW
570 m
549 m
26°53′32″S 151°36′29″E / 26.89222°S 151.60806°E / -26.89222; 151.60806 (ABDQ) Mount Mowbullan
ABDIQ Dirranbandi Dirranbandi 7 (VHF)
NA
8 March 1974 DirranbandI 0.016 kW 65 m 28°33′28″S 148°15′1″E / 28.55778°S 148.25028°E / -28.55778; 148.25028 (ABDIQ) Dirranbandi
ABEQ Emerald Emerald 11 (VHF)
9 (VHF)
21 December 1973 Emerald 2 kW
0.625 kW
92 m
92 m
23°28′28″S 148°9′4″E / 23.47444°S 148.15111°E / -23.47444; 148.15111 (ABEQ) Emerald
ABGQ Goondiwindi Goondiwindi 6 (VHF)
56 (UHF)
9 July 1973 Goondiwindi 0.5 kW
0.625 kW
41 m
49 m
28°31′9″S 150°20′16″E / 28.51917°S 150.33778°E / -28.51917; 150.33778 (ABGQ) Goondiwindi
ABHQ Hughenden Hughenden 9 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
30 June 1971 Hughenden 0.2 kW
0.125 kW
80 m
80 m
20°50′53″S 144°11′9″E / 20.84806°S 144.18583°E / -20.84806; 144.18583 (ABHQ) Hughenden
ABIQ Mount Isa Mount Isa 6 (VHF)
7 (VHF)
21 December 1970 Mount Isa 1.6 kW
0.4 kW
72 m
75 m
20°44′4″S 139°30′45″E / 20.73444°S 139.51250°E / -20.73444; 139.51250 (ABIQ) DCA Hill
ABJQ Julia Creek Julia Creek 10 (VHF)
NA
20 April 1971 Julia Creek 0.2 kW 65 m 20°39′9″S 141°44′23″E / 20.65250°S 141.73972°E / -20.65250; 141.73972 (ABJQ) Julia Creek
ABLQ Longreach Longreach 6 (VHF)
10 (VHF)
19 December 1974 Longreach 0.7 kW
0.175 kW
69 m
69 m
23°27′22″S 144°21′6″E / 23.45611°S 144.35167°E / -23.45611; 144.35167 (ABLQ) Longreach
ABMQ Mackay Mackay 8 (VHF)3 6
10 (VHF)
21 December 1967 Mackay 360 kW
90 kW
611 m
613 m
21°1′56″S 148°56′36″E / 21.03222°S 148.94333°E / -21.03222; 148.94333 (ABMQ) Mount Blackwood
ABMLQ Mitchell Mitchell 6 (VHF)
12 (VHF)
8 March 1974 MitchelL 0.2 kW
0.05 kW
149 m
149 m
26°32′35″S 148°6′41″E / 26.54306°S 148.11139°E / -26.54306; 148.11139 (ABMLQ) Mitchell Escarpment
ABMNQ Morven Morven 7 (VHF)
NA
8 March 1974 MorveN 0.13 kW 133 m 26°30′20″S 147°8′4″E / 26.50556°S 147.13444°E / -26.50556; 147.13444 (ABMNQ) Morven
ABMSQ Miles Miles 9 (VHF)
63 (UHF)
30 November 1973 MileS 0.32 kW
0.8 kW
132 m
132 m
26°38′58″S 150°16′14″E / 26.64944°S 150.27056°E / -26.64944; 150.27056 (ABMSQ) Miles Hill
ABNQ Cairns Cairns 9 (VHF)6
8 (VHF)
25 July 1966 North 200 kW
50 kW
1190 m
1190 m
17°15′51″S 145°51′14″E / 17.26417°S 145.85389°E / -17.26417; 145.85389 (ABNQ) Mount Bellenden Ker
ABRQ Rockhampton Rockhampton 9 (VHF)4 6
11 (VHF)
21 December 1963 Rockhampton 160 kW
50 kW
495 m
495 m
23°43′48″S 150°32′9″E / 23.73000°S 150.53583°E / -23.73000; 150.53583 (ABRQ) Mount Hopeful
ABRAQ Roma Roma 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
14 December 1973 RomA 2 kW
0.5 kW
103 m
105 m
26°34′20″S 148°51′1″E / 26.57222°S 148.85028°E / -26.57222; 148.85028 (ABRAQ) Timbury Hills
ABRDQ Richmond Richmond 6 (VHF)
7 (VHF)
4 June 1971 RichmonD 0.2 kW
0.05 kW
70 m
70 m
20°45′0″S 143°9′29″E / 20.75000°S 143.15806°E / -20.75000; 143.15806 (ABRDQ) Richmond
ABSQ Southern Downs Warwick 1 (VHF)6
45 (UHF)
4 July 1966 Southern Downs 200 kW
500 kW
255 m
316 m
28°32′9″S 151°49′58″E / 28.53583°S 151.83278°E / -28.53583; 151.83278 (ABSQ) Passchendaele Ridge
ABSEQ Springsure Springsure 8 (VHF)5
46 (UHF)
19 December 1974 SpringsurE 0.8 kW
2 kW
280 m
283 m
24°8′31″S 148°9′1″E / 24.14194°S 148.15028°E / -24.14194; 148.15028 (ABSEQ) Roddas Lookout
ABSGQ St. George St. George 8 (VHF)
12 (VHF)
8 March 1974 St. George 0.13 kW
0.033 kW
63 m
64 m
27°59′40″S 148°34′1″E / 27.99444°S 148.56694°E / -27.99444; 148.56694 (ABSGQ) St. George
ABTQ Townsville Townsville 3 (VHF)6
31 (UHF)
21 September 1964 Townsville 160 kW
200 kW
635 m
644 m
19°20′36″S 146°46′50″E / 19.34333°S 146.78056°E / -19.34333; 146.78056 (ABTQ) Mount Stuart
ABWQ Wide Bay Maryborough 6 (VHF)6
9A (VHF)
8 October 1965 Wide Bay 240 kW
60 kW
601 m
646 m
25°25′37″S 152°7′3″E / 25.42694°S 152.11750°E / -25.42694; 152.11750 (ABWQ) Mount Goonaneman
ABWNQ Winton Winton 8 (VHF)
7 (VHF)
15 November 1974 WintoN 1.6 kW
0.4 kW
97 m
94 m
22°14′31″S 143°2′57″E / 22.24194°S 143.04917°E / -22.24194; 143.04917 (ABWNQ) Rangelands

Notes:

  • 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  • 2. ABDQ was on VHF channel 3 from its 1963 sign-on until 1993, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 3. ABMQ was on VHF channel 4 from its 1967 sign-on until 1988, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 4. ABRQ was on VHF channel 3 from its 1963 sign-on until 1988, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 5. ABSEQ was on VHF channel 9 from its 1974 sign-on until 1989.
  • 6. Analogue transmission ceased on 6 December 2011 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television

Mary Kathleen also had a relay station (ABMKQ channel 9) from 15 December 1971 until the town was abandoned ca. 1982.

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