GTS/BKN

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GTS/BKN
GTS: Spencer Gulf North, South Australia
BKN: Broken Hill, New South Wales
Branding Southern Cross
Slogan Your favorites, Your station
Channels Digital:
GTS: 44 (UHF)
SGS: 40 (UHF)
GDS: 42 (UHF)
BKN: 9 (VHF)
SCN: 6 (VHF)
BDN: 7 (VHF)
Affiliations Seven, Nine, Ten
Network Southern Cross
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(GTS: Spencer Gulf Telecasters Ltd)
(BKN: Broken Hill Television Ltd)
First air date GTS: March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
BKN: August 16, 1968 (1968-08-16)
Call letters' meaning GTS:
Spencer Gulf
Telecasters
South Australia
BKN:
BroKen Hill New South Wales
Sister station(s) SGS/SCN
Former channel number(s) Analog:
GTS: 4 (VHF)
BKN: 7 (VHF)
SGS: 42 (UHF)
SCN: 9A (VHF)[1]
Former affiliations independent (1968 (1968)-2006 (2006))
Transmitter power GTS:240 kW
BKN:4 kW
Height GTS:627 m (digital)
BKN:104 m[2]
Transmitter coordinates GTS:
33°6′14″S 138°9′51″E / 33.10389°S 138.16417°E / -33.10389; 138.16417 (GTS)
BKN:
31°57′5″S 141°26′25″E / 31.95139°S 141.44028°E / -31.95139; 141.44028 (BKN)
GTS/BKN studios in Broken Hill

GTS/BKN, known on-air as Southern Cross Television, is an Australian regional television station serving the Spencer Gulf of South Australia and the Broken Hill area of New South Wales. Based in Port Pirie, South Australia with a satellite office in Broken Hill and studio and playout facilities based in Canberra, the station's name originates from the original Port Pirie and Broken Hill stations' callsigns, GTS-4 Port Pirie and BKN-7 Broken Hill.

History[edit]

In 1974, the stations (and their repeaters) merged to form Spencer Gulf Telecasters and broadcast under the name Central GTS/BKN. The company was bought by Southern Cross Broadcasting (SCB) in 2000, though it retained the Central name until the end of 2005.

Due to their areas' sparse populations, after aggregation they remained among the few stations in Australia that continued to cherry-pick programming from all three networks, though from 2000 onward it began favouring Seven through its affiliation with Southern Cross Television. In 2003, Spencer Gulf Telecasters won the right to broadcast a second station in the same area, and in January 2004 started broadcasting Southern Cross Ten (callsign SGS in Port Pirie and SCN in Broken Hill). Since 31 October 2010, GTS/BKN has also operated a third station relaying Nine Network programs from Sydney and Adelaide (callsign GDS in Port Pirie and BDN in Broken Hill).

In January 2006, Central GTS/BKN was renamed Southern Cross GTS/BKN, changing its logo to the same one currently used by Southern Cross Tasmania and Southern Cross Darwin. The Southern Cross Ten logo was also updated to the current logo used by Southern Cross Ten stations elsewhere.

Programming[edit]

The main Southern Cross GTS/BKN service carries programming from the Seven Network, including the Adelaide edition of Seven News' nightly 6pm bulletin.

News[edit]

Southern Cross News is GTS/BKN's half-hour regional news program, broadcast at 6:30pm on weeknights. The bulletin is presented by Tim Hatfield from Southern Cross's Canberra headquarters, with reporters and video journalists based at news bureaus in Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Whyalla.

Reporters

  • Sarah Hancock (Whyalla)
  • Wade Stephens (Port Augusta)
  • Patrick Major (Broken Hill)
  • Natarsha Kallios (Port Pirie)
  • Adele Hetzel (Port Lincoln)

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