ABS (TV station)
|Adelaide, South Australia|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Owner||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||11 March 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||ABC South Australia|
|Former channel number(s)||2 (VHF)(analog)|
|Transmitter power||200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
|Height||496 m (analog)
517 m (digital)
ABS is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Adelaide, South Australia. It began broadcasting on 11 March 1960 from studios in the suburb of Collinswood. The station's transmitter is located at Mount Lofty, and is one of a series of relay transmitters located throughout the state.
ABS commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2. The analogue signal for ABS was shut off at 9.00am CST, Tuesday, 2 April, 2013.
ABC News South Australia is presented by Jessica Harmsen on weeknights and Emma Rebellato on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate national finance segment is presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne. Weekend bulletins feature local sport bulletins presented by Neil Cross.
In November 2014, current managing director Mark Scott announced at a meeting held at ABC's Unltimo Centre in Sydney that due to a cut of over $250 million from the ABC budget a major restructuring would occur. In an email to staff, Scott says
"[We will] close our Adelaide television production studio and wind down remaining television production in smaller states. The economics of the television sector make it difficult to maintain small-scale operations. It is more economically efficient to base production (outside news and current affairs) in Sydney and Melbourne. TV’s aim is to work with the independent sector on programming that better reflects local diversity. To demonstrate accountability, the ABC will deliver detailed annual reports on its local production, including dollars invested and programs made."
The following stations relay ABS throughout South Australia:
|First air date||3rd letter’s
|Transmitter coordinates||Transmitter location|
|16 July 1973||Ceduna||1.6 kW||92 m||Kongwirra Hill|
|ABGS||South East South Australia||Mount Gambier||1 (VHF)3
|3 December 1965||Mount Gambier||210 kW
|ABLCS||Leigh Creek||Leigh Creek||9 (VHF)
|28 April 1977||Leigh Creek||0.032 kW
|ABNS||Spencer Gulf North||Port Pirie||1 (VHF)3
|10 April 1965||Spencer Gulf North||200 kW
|20 January 1971||Riverland||240 kW
|30 November 1973||Woomera||0.02 kW||48 m||Woomera|
- 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- 2. ABCS was on VHF channel 7 from its 1973 sign-on until sometime in the 1980s.
- 3. Analogue transmissions ceased as of 15 December, 2010 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.
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