ABV (TV station)
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Owner||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||19 November 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||ABC Victoria|
|Transmitter power||200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
|Height||507 m (analog)
534 m (digital)
ABV is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Melbourne, Victoria. The station began broadcasting on 19 November 1956 and is transmitted throughout the state via a network of relay transmitters and also ABV is the second television station in Victoria with HSV-7 which opened at the same month of 1956 as the first TV station in Victoria. The studios are located in Southbank and Elsternwick, and transmitter at Mount Dandenong.
ABV follows a schedule nearly identical to that of other statewide ABC Television stations, allowing for time differences and some local programming - including news, current affairs, sport and state election coverage.
ABC News Victoria is presented by Ian Henderson from Monday to Thursday and Tamara Oudyn from Friday to Sunday. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate weather forecasts presented by Paul Higgins as well as a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler. The main fill-in presenters are Guy Stayner, Frances Bell and Beverley O'Connor with Vanessa O'Hanlon from ABC News Breakfast as the main fill in weather presenter.
- Former sports presenter Angela Pippos resigned in October 2007 after being demoted as weeknight sports presenter to weekend presenter in 2004 to make way for Peter Wilkins. It was documented in the press that Pippos had some run-ins with senior management over this issue and the timing of her departure, which came after she was approached by Victorian premier John Brumby to run as a candidate in the Williamstown by-election, caused by the resignation of former premier Steve Bracks. Pippos was suspended for one week while she made her decision not to stand, but resigned just weeks later. She now presents the breakfast program on Sport Radio 927.
- In 2008, an unusual event occurred when ABC News Victoria won one week in the 2008 television ratings season, and also drew in another week with Seven News Melbourne.
Networked programming from ABV2
Past programming produced at ABV-2 included Corinne Kirby's Let's Make a Date, the popular children's fantasy Adventure Island, the multi-award winning miniseries Power Without Glory, entertainment show The Big Gig and the iconic youth music program Countdown.
The first dramatic production by the station was a live, 30-minute play called Roundabout which aired on 4 January 1957.
ABV Channel 2 moves to new studios at Ripponlea in 1958, ABC’s existing Melbourne television studios in Gordon Street, Elsternwick and set to expand its premises in inner-city Melbourne with construction of a new television studio.
The following stations relay ABV throughout Victoria: