STW

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This article is about the Australian television station. For other uses, see STW (disambiguation).
STW
Channel Nine logo.png
Perth, Western Australia
Branding Nine
Slogan Welcome Home
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Affiliations Nine (O&O)
Network Nine
Owner Nine Entertainment Company Holdings Pty., Limited
(Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd)
First air date 12 June 1965
Call letters' meaning Swan
Television
Western Australia
Former affiliations independent (1965-1988)
Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 327 m [1]
Transmitter coordinates 31°59′53″S 116°4′20″E / 31.99806°S 116.07222°E / -31.99806; 116.07222
Website www.ninemsn.com.au

STW is an Australian television station owned by the Nine Network that is based in Perth, Australia. Based in Dianella, Western Australia, STW broadcasts with a transmitter mast located in Walliston. The station's name, STW is an acronym of Swan Television, Western Australia.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Logo used from 1978-2006
Logo used from 2006-2008

STW-9 commenced broadcasting on 12 June 1965 and was the second commercial television station in Perth. It became the first station in Perth to broadcast 24 hours a day on 17 April 1984. In the late 1980s, the station came under the ownership of Bond Media, owned by businessman Alan Bond, and became a Nine Network owned and operated station when Bond purchased the network. In 1989 Bond Media sold the station to Sunraysia Television for A$95 million. The deal also involved Bond Media purchasing the Sunraysia owned STV-8 for A$18 million. Bond Media was forced to sell due to the Federal cross-media ownership laws, which restricted the level of national reach for media owners.[2]

2000s[edit]

In January 2007, Sunraysia Television posted a profit warning, with an expected 12% drop in revenue over the past six months. The company cited a weak local advertising market and low ratings for the reduced revenue, despite a strong WA economy.[3] The profit warning lead to speculation of a potential takeover of STW-9, with PBL and regional network WIN Television indicated as potential bidders.[4] PBL Media announced in February 2007 that it would purchase STW-9 for A$136.4 million, with the deal to be completed in late March or early April subject to shareholder approval.[5] After PBL Media bid for the station, 45% shareholder WIN Corporation wanted to buy out the station itself, it lodged two bids and in June 2007 shareholders approved the sale of the station to WIN. In 2013 Nine Entertainment Co purchased STW from WIN Corporation and gained control of the station from the 30th September 2013. This has returned STW to a Nine Owned and Operated station for the first time since 1989, and will complete Nine coverage among the five main Australian cities.

Programming[edit]

News & Current Affairs[edit]

Nine News Perth[edit]

Nine News Perth is produced and broadcast live from STW's news studios in Dianella every night at 6pm and Monday to Friday at 4:30pm across Perth and regional Western Australia.

Presenters[edit]

Weekdays 6pm News

  • Tim McMillan (News)
  • Libby Stone (News)
  • Michael Thomson (Sport)
  • Sally Ayhan (Weather)

Weekends

  • Louise Momber (News)
Reporters[edit]

The director of news is Shaun Menegola.

Nine News national services broadcast on STW include Today, Weekend Today, Nine's Early Morning News, Nine's Morning News, Nine News: First at 5, Nine News Now, Nine's Afternoon News, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.

Past local programming[edit]

In recent years, STW-9 has also produced and broadcast local news, current affairs & feature programming including a Western Australia edition of A Current Affair, a localised 4.30pm afternoon news bulletin, gardening series Garden Gurus (which continues to air on Nine Network stations), lifestyle series Just Add Water and travel series Postcards WA.

Appealathon[edit]

In its 30 years, Channel Nine Perth's Appealathon has raised in excess of $53.5 million. Since 1975, Appealathon has supported four specific charities with Appealathon funds: the Activ Foundation, Civilian Maimed & Limbless Association, Paraplegic/Quadriplegic Association and Rocky Bay. Many other organisations are helped as well on a yearly basis. The Appealathon is involved in over 50 fundraising events and projects across Perth each year.

Broadcasting details[edit]

Locations of transmitters broadcasting STW

Analogue main channel frequency (to 25 June 2013): VHF-9 @ 196.25 MHz (Bandwidth: 7 MHz PAL)
Digital transport stream frequency (as of 25 June 2013): VHF-8 @ 191.5 MHz (Bandwidth: 7 MHz 64-QAM

Digital Channels
LCN Service Image Quality Compression Quality
9 9 720x576i16:9 SD H.262 video @ 5550 kbit/s
Dolby Digital audio @ 256 kbit/s
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
90 GEM 1440x1080i HD Lite H.262 video @ 15250 kbit/s video
Dolby Digital audio @ 448kbit
94 extra 720x576i 16:9 SD H.262 video
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
99 Go! 720x576i 16:9 SD H.262 video
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s

References[edit]

  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ Webb, Richard (20 April 1989). "Sunraysia settles STW-9 purchase". Australian Financial Review. 
  3. ^ Canning, Simon (1 October 2007). "STW profits hit by ad drop". The Australian. Retrieved 1 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Murray, Lisa (10 January 2007). "WIN, Packer seen as rival bidders for Perth Channel 9". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "PBL Media buys Channel Nine Perth". The Age. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 

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