NEN (TV station)
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|Northern New South Wales|
|Slogan||Gottaloveit on Prime7|
|Channels||Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
|Owner||Prime Television Ltd
(Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd)
|First air date||10 April 1965|
|Call letters' meaning||New
New South Wales
|Former callsigns||ECN (Taree, Northern Rivers) [1966-1985]|
|Former affiliations||independent (1965-1970s)
Great Eastland Television (1970s-1981)
|Transmitter power||see table below|
|Height||see table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||see table below|
During 1968–69, ECN8 who at the time were facing financial difficulties approached NBN3 Newcastle to take the station over but the proposal was rejected by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. An approach was also made to NRN11 Coffs Harbour but an agreement could not be reached. Finally, ECN approached NEN with an agreement for ECN to carry a relay broadcast of NEN's programming from the end of March 1969. In November 1971, ECN merged with NEN, but continued to use the callsign ECN into the mid 1980s.
During the 1970s and early 1980s NEN9 was a member of the Great Eastland Television partnership with NRN11 Coffs Harbour and DDQ/SDQ 10-4-5a Toowoomba, Queensland, sharing programming and advertising. From 1981 until 1989 the station branded itself 9-8 Television, referencing the channel numbers of both their Tamworth and Taree broadcasts.
Prime Television purchased the station in 1989, rebranding the station Prime Television and aligning it with the Seven Network, similarly to CBN in southern New South Wales, whilst changing ECN's call sign to NEN. At the commencement of Northern NSW market Aggregation on 31 December 1991, Prime Television became the Northern NSW affiliate of the Seven Network, in competition with NRTV (now Southern Cross Ten) and NBN.
NEN produces and broadcasts two 30-minute Prime7 News bulletins for the Tamworth and North Coast regional markets, broadcast each weeknight at 6pm and presented by Fiona Ferguson.
In the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Central Coast markets, short two-minute updates are presented on a rotating basis by Natalie Forrest and Alexandra Ristway with sport presented by James Lenehan and Mary Kominos and weather forecasts from Daniel Gibson, Madelaine Collignon and Craig Moore.
|First air date||ERP
|Transmitter Coordinates||Transmitter Location|
|Grafton/Kempsey||Coffs Harbour||31 (UHF)3
|31 December 1991||600 kW
|Manning River2||Taree||8 (VHF)3
|27 May 1966||320 kW
|Newcastle/Hunter River||Newcastle||54 (UHF)3
|31 December 1991||1200 kW
|Richmond and Tweed||Lismore||44 (UHF)3
|31 December 1991||600 kW
|Upper Namoi||Tamworth||9 (VHF)3
|10 April 1965||250 kW
- HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- The Manning River station was an independent station with the callsign ECN from its 1966 sign-on until aggregation in 1991.
- Analogue services ceased transmission as of 27 November 2012 as part of national conversion to digital-only television
- Now it's time for Prime local news - direct from Canberra, Northern Daily Leader, 19 January 2012
- Prime7 boss has 'great news for Tamworth': We're not pulling the pin after all, Northern Daily Leader, 22 February 2012