NWS (TV station)

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This article is about the Australian television station. For other uses, see NWS (disambiguation).
Channel Nine logo.png
Adelaide, South Australia
Branding Nine
Slogan Welcome Home
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Affiliations Nine (O&O)
Network Nine
Owner Nine Entertainment Co.
(Channel 9 South Australia Pty Ltd)
First air date 5 September 1959
Call letters' meaning The NeWs South Australia
Former channel number(s) Analog: 9 (VHF)
Transmitter power 50 kW (digital)
Height 505 m (both)[1]
Transmitter coordinates 34°58′57″S 138°42′30″E / 34.98250°S 138.70833°E / -34.98250; 138.70833
Website www.ninemsn.com.au

NWS is an Australian television station based in Adelaide, Australia. It is owned-and-operated by the Nine Network. The station callsign, NWS, is an acronym of The NeWs South Australia.



NWS-9 began broadcasting on 5 September 1959 as the first station in Adelaide. The station was owned by Rupert Murdoch through Southern Television Corporation Ltd. Murdoch also owned city newspaper The News. Since opening, the NWS-9 studios have been located at Tynte Street, North Adelaide. Popular programs produced in the past at NWS-9 studios include the live variety shows Adelaide Tonight and Hey Hey It's Saturday (on-location specials), science show The Curiosity Show, The Country and Western Hour, and children's shows Channel Niners, Here's Humphrey, Pick Your Face and The Breakfast a Go Go.

NBN Limited (1981)[2]
Entity Share
Lamb Family 35.02%
Wansey Family 30.14%
Hadjoin Pty Ltd 19.88%
Others 14.96%

In early 1980, NBN Limited became NWS's owner through the purchase of Southern Television Corporation Ltd, for A$19 million.[2] In 1981, Hadjoin Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of Parry's Esplanade Limited (later Parry Corporation), purchased 19.88% of NBN Limited for A$6.7 million.[2]

Following this, Parry then attempted to buy the Wansey family's stake in NBN, but was blocked by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, after which Parry revealed that he wanted to take over NBN (and thus NWS). Parry and the Lamb family then formed a deal - NBN would transfer NWS to the Lambs in exchange for their share of NBN. This ended NBN Limited's ownership of NWS, with Parry going on to take over NBN.


The Lamb family sold NWS to Southern Cross Broadcasting in early 2001.

On 30 May 2007, Southern Cross announced its sale of NWS-9 to WIN Corporation for $105 million.[3] WIN took control on 1 July 2007.


It was reported on 3 June 2013 that Nine Entertainment Co. would immediately purchase Nine Adelaide (NWS) from WIN Corporation as part of a deal to secure international cricket television rights. Nine officially gained control of NWS on 1st July 2013.[4] This move saw Nine Adelaide join Nine's metropolitan owned-and-operated stations in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, leaving just Perth.


Some Adelaide-produced shows today Postcards, Out of the Blue, Garden Gurus SA, Building Ideas,Feeling Good and Out of the Ordinary.

News and Current Affairs[edit]

Nine News Adelaide is produced from NWS's news studios and presented by Kate Collins and Brenton Ragless with Warren Tredrea presenting sport. Virginia Langeberg is the weather presenter. Will McDonald is the weekend presenter.

In October 2011, it was announced that Michael Smyth and Georgina McGuinness would not have their contracts renewed.[5] From the end of November 2011 till December of 2013, Kate Collins presented the bulletin solo.

From 1988 to 2007 the bulletin was presented by Rob Kelvin and the late Kevin Crease. This was one of the longest serving news duos in Australia.

Throughout the 1990s, Deanna Williams was the main fill-in presenter and state political reporter. Following her resignation in March 2002, either Kelvin or Crease would fill in for McGuinness on weekends, but in 2005 the situation arose where all three presenters were unavailable, and then weekend sports presenter Mark Bickley had to read the news.

Ali Carle from Triple M Adelaide occasionally presents weather alongside her sport reporting duties.

In late 2008, NWS-9 launched its own local version of the station's flagship current affairs program, A Current Affair, hosted by Adelaide journalist Kate Collins. This was later axed on 25 November 2009 due to the economic crisis.[6]

On 26 November 2009, one day after the axing of the local A Current Affair was announced, Kelly Nestor announced live on air that her contract as Kelvin's weeknight co-anchor with was not going to be renewed in 2010 and she would finish on 18 December 2009.[7]

On 22 February 2010, it was announced that senior reporter Michael Smyth would be joining Rob Kelvin at the newsdesk.

On 31 October 2010, Rob Kelvin announced that he would retire from the newsdesk after 32 years on the air. Kelvin announced that he would present his last bulletin on 31 December 2010 after anchoring the news since 1983. News director, Tony Argas announced that Kelvin would continue to present the occasional special report and fill-in a few times a year when presenter are away.

It was announced that Kate Collins would replace Kelvin and join Michael Smyth at the newsdesk

Presenters and Reporters[edit]

News Reporters

Notable Presenters[edit]

News Bulletin Titles[edit]

  • NWS-9 News, Sport and Weather (1959–1965)
  • Channel 9 News (1960's-early 1970s)
  • National Nine News (early 1970s, 1976–1980, 1987–2008)
  • Nine Eyewitness News (1974–1976)
  • Nine Action News (1981–1986)
  • Nine News (2008-)


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ a b c "Annual Report" (Press release). NBN Limited. 1980. 
  3. ^ "WIN buys Channel 9 Adelaide". AAP. theage.com.au. 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  4. ^ Knox, David. "Nine signs news cricket deal, buys Adelaide affiliate". http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2013/06/nine-signs-news-cricket-deal-buys-adelaide-affiliate.html. 
  5. ^ WIN sacks Nine News Adelaide presenters - TV Tonight (19/10/11) - http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2011/10/win-sacks-nine-news-adelaide-presenters.html
  6. ^ "A Current Affair gets the chop". The Advertiser (News Limited). 25 November 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Harvy, Ben; Helene Sobolewski; Paul Starick (27 November 2009). "Channel Nine wrong to sack newsreader Kelly Nestor". The Advertiser (News Limited). Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

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