NRN

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NRN
Northern New South Wales
Branding Southern Cross Ten
Slogan Turn on 10
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Ten
Network Southern Cross Ten
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd)
First air date 23 January 1965
Call letters' meaning Northern
Rivers
New South Wales
Former affiliations independent (1965-1991)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Website http://www.southerncrossten.com.au/

NRN is a television station originating in Coffs Harbour, Australia as part of the Southern Cross Ten network. The station was formally a partnership between NRN-11 Coffs Harbour (launched 23 January 1965) and RTN-8 Lismore (launched 12 May 1962).

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

NRN11 Coffs Harbour had merged with ECN8 Taree, but later demerged. Around 1971, RTN8 and NRN11 merged to form Northern Rivers Television (NRTV), but was known on-air originally as 11-8. The merged stations served the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers areas of Northern New South Wales. During the mid-1970s, the station was known as Great Eastland Television, when the partnership shared programming and advertising with NEN-9 Tamworth and DDQ-10 Toowoomba/SDQ-4 Warwick, but they soon reverted to the NRTV brand.

In 1983, NRTV was relayed into the Gold Coast after a lobbying campaign from residents, although they could also watch the commercial television stations from Brisbane. NRTV's Gold Coast studios and offices were constructed in Ashmore on Southport Nerang Road. The Gold Coast facilities didn't contain a newsroom, although relayed local news from the Coffs Harbour studios. News crews from Lismore travelled to the Gold Coast for stories of importance.

NRTV produced a considerable amount of local activity (approximately five each week). Local contented included local news, three hours of live women's variety "Round About", 5 half hours of live children's variety "Get Set" and "Razzamataz" weekly, holiday specials "Summerthon", and a half hour daily exercise program "Jazzacize". Live sports specials included the annual "Grafton Cup" Racing Carnival and the Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic.

Live programs mainly originated from the Coffs Harbour Studios with programs being recorded at both the networks other studios located at Lismore and Gold Coast.

Some of the memorable names from that era were:

  • Ron Lawrence - Ron died in 2008. He was the driving force behind the network's local production.[citation needed] He began his career as booth announcer at the Lismore Radio and TV Studios of Northern Star Holdings (RTN 8) and (Radio 2LM) after graduating from Jim Illife's AIR-TV College in Brisbane. He moved to Coffs Harbour TV studios in the early 70s after the merge between NRN11 and RTN 8 and became the station announcer–news reader. Later in his career he became Program Manager then later Station Manager and finally General Manager before retiring in the 90s
  • Wayne Magee, also a diploma graduate from the Brisbane College AIR-TV (formally with Radio 4GY Gympie, BCV TV Victoria and National Nine News Adelaide) started with the network in 1976. During his time with the network he hosted Get Set, network specials and telethons and read local TV news. He eventually moved into management before leaving the network to become a minister.
  • Chris Wordsworth who hailed from Townsville QLD and who had worked previously in radio. Chris hosted the children's show for a period and read main bulletin news Monday to Friday. He later joined CH7 Sydney as late edition news reader – journalist, was briefly a Chief of Staff for a QLD Politician and later assumed the role of Director of ABC QLD/NT.

> Greg Hughes who succeeded Wordsworth as News Reader and station announcer. He formally had worked for the Mike Walsh owned Penrith radio station. He left the network to work for the Army PR Dept.

1990s to 2000s[edit]

On 31 December 1991, Northern New South Wales became the third area to be aggregated, and NRTV, via links to Network Ten (it was part of Northern Star Holdings, owned by Westfield Group chairman Frank Lowy), became its affiliate in the region. At one stage, NRTV was the subject of a bid from WIN Television. Nothing came of it, although if WIN had gone through with the bid, it would have made NRTV the Nine Network's affiliate and left an unhappy NBN as Network Ten's affiliate instead.

Southern Cross Ten office in Newcastle, New South Wales

NRTV was later sold to Telecasters Australia, who also owned the Queensland affiliate of Network Ten. In 1994, the station was renamed Ten Northern NSW, and its station identification was changed to that of Network Ten. The station stopped producing regional news for Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gold Coast. They had previously produced a licence-wide bulletin, but that too was axed due to poor ratings.

Main transmitters[edit]

Region served City Channels
(Analog/
Digital)
First air date ERP
(Analog/
Digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
Digital)
1
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Grafton/Kempsey Coffs Harbour 11 (VHF)3
38 (UHF)
23 January 1965 250 kW
250 kW
706 m
730 m
30°19′2″S 152°51′35″E / 30.31722°S 152.85972°E / -30.31722; 152.85972 Mount Moombil
Manning River Taree 65 (UHF)3
44 (UHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
320 kW
633 m
633 m
31°42′7″S 152°40′43″E / 31.70194°S 152.67861°E / -31.70194; 152.67861 Middle Brother
Newcastle/Hunter River Newcastle 57 (UHF)3
51 (UHF)
31 December 1991 1200 kW
500 kW
439 m
439 m
32°53′31″S 151°32′18″E / 32.89194°S 151.53833°E / -32.89194; 151.53833 Mount Sugarloaf
Richmond and Tweed2 Lismore 8 (VHF)3
32 (UHF)
12 May 1962 200 kW
200 kW
612 m
648 m
28°32′33″S 153°17′25″E / 28.54250°S 153.29028°E / -28.54250; 153.29028 (analog)
28°32′44″S 153°17′15″E / 28.54556°S 153.28750°E / -28.54556; 153.28750 (digital)
Mount Nardi
Upper Namoi Tamworth 34 (UHF)3
40 (UHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
330 kW
844 m
874 m
30°17′5″S 150°10′2″E / 30.28472°S 150.16722°E / -30.28472; 150.16722 Mount Dowe
  • 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  • 2. The Richmond and Tweed station was an independent station with the callsign RTN from its 1962 sign-on until aggregation in 1991.
  • 3. Analogue services ceased transmission as of 27 November 2012 as part of national conversion to digital-only television

Programming[edit]

News and current affairs[edit]

Local news was reintroduced to the station in 2004 in the form of three-minute updates at various times of the day. The Updates are produced by Southern Cross News.

References[edit]

See also[edit]