TNT (TV station)

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This article is about the Australian TNT station. For other television services named "TNT", see TNT (disambiguation).
TNT
Southern Cross.svg
Tasmania
Branding Southern Cross
Slogan Your Favourites, Your Station
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Seven
Network Southern Cross
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(Southern Cross Television (TNT9) Pty Ltd)
First air date May 26, 1962
Call letters' meaning Television
Northern
Tasmania
Former affiliations

independent (1962-1994)
Network Ten (secondary, 1994-2008)

Seven Network (2009-)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

TNT is a television station based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Originally broadcasting only to Launceston and Northern Tasmania, it has broadcast to the whole of Tasmania since aggregation of the Tasmanian television market in 1994. It is now known as Southern Cross Tasmania.

History[edit]

  • 1962 - Founded as Northern TV Ltd and broadcasts in Launceston and Northern Tasmania
  • 1965 - Became part of ENT Ltd (Examiner-Northern TV Ltd)
  • 1982 - ENT bought TVT-6 in Hobart - both stations identify on-air as TasTV
  • 1989 - ENT sold TNT-9 to Tricom Corporation, which subsequently became Southern Cross Broadcasting; station became known on-air as Southern Cross Network
  • 1994 - Aggregation of Tasmanian television market occurs - Southern Cross broadcasts statewide, competing with TasTV
  • 1999 - Southern Cross Tasmania, while still a part of Southern Cross Broadcasting, changes logo independently of Southern Cross stations on the mainland.
  • 2003 - Southern Cross and WIN Television launch Tasmanian Digital Television, a jointly owned digital only commercial broadcaster based in Hobart.
  • 2005 - Southern Cross Broadcasting adapts new logo for all stations it owns. Southern Cross Tasmania loses its Tasmanian Tiger logo to a unified corporate Southern Cross logo.

Southern Cross Tasmania (SCTV) is an affiliate of the Seven Network and Tasmanian Digital Television is now the Ten affiliate.

Local programming[edit]

Southern Cross Television producing the majority of local Tasmanian television output, chiefly consisting of the high rating Southern Cross Nightly News, various non-news programming and occasional sports coverage.

Previous local programmes produced by TNT-9 include Sports Club (weekly sports review), Quiz Quest (children's game show), The Saturday night Show (variety), Down the Line (morning talk/local events), The Saturday Morning Fun Show (kids), Tasmanian New Faces (talent) and annual coverage of Targa Tasmania and The Launceston Cup.

News & current affairs[edit]

Southern Cross Nightly News is the station's flagship news program, broadcast live every night at 6:00pm from the Launceston studios with short updates throughout the day. The nightly news bulletin is consistently the highest rating television program in Tasmania.

Presenters[edit]

Main anchors
Jo Palmer (weekdays)

Rachael Williams (weekends)

Sports presenter
Rick Fontyn (weekdays)

Michael Maney (weekends)

Weather presenters
Peter Murphy (weekdays)

Ken Saville or Laura Moore (weekends)

Outside of this bulletin, Southern Cross Tasmania airs national news and current affairs output from the Seven Network, including:

Non-news output[edit]

Hook, Line and Sinker[edit]

The fishing show Hook, Line and Sinker is the most popular Tasmanian-made program airing and is broadcast Australia-wide. The program is hosted by former news journalists Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan.

Renovation Relief[edit]

Renovation Relief is a DIY Program hosted by famous wood-chopper David Foster in which he and a team of people from sponsors (i.e. Gunns) renovate a house, most commonly for people who have done something for the community or have enabled children.

Targa Torque[edit]

Broadcast every night during Targa Tasmania fortnight, Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan report and comment on the events of the day.

Holiday at Home[edit]

Holiday at Home is a lifestyle program which promotes places to stay and things to do in Tasmania.

Burnie Ten - Ten Week Challenge[edit]

For the ten weeks leading up to the Burnie Ten, Mark Connelly trains a group of people in a program sponsored by Southern Cross Tasmania. Weekly updates are broadcast during commercial breaks. In the early years of the program, people who took part were well known in Tasmania, however in 2006, a Launceston family were trained to run the event.

Sports coverage[edit]

Southern Cross airs most sports coverage from both Seven and Ten Networks, this includes coverage like Australian Rules Football, tennis and motorsport. In the 1990s Southern Cross aired Ten's Sports Tonight however this was replaced by Seven's Current Affairs Program, Today Tonight.

Southern Cross screens live AFL coverage with no advertisement breaks between goals. Only football games involving matches in Tasmania are delayed. The station promotes extensive coverage of Tasmanian sports in its news coverage including cricket, athletics, netball and basketball. The station's main sports reporters are Chris Rowbottom, Alicia Muling, and Trent Dann.

Local sport[edit]

Locally, coverage of the international road race Targa Tasmania is produced and aired each year. The station also produces live coverage of the Launceston and Hobart Cups. Regular updates on the annual Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race are broadcast during the duration of the race.

Affiliation[edit]

Southern Cross is affiliated with both the metropolitan Seven Network and Network Ten. This originates from the aggregation of the Tasmanian television market in the early 1990s, with TVT-6 (now WIN Television) holding the Nine Network affiliation. This dual affiliation is shared with Southern Cross' sister station in Darwin (TND-34).

The Tasmanian Digital Television (TDT) service, run as a joint venture with WIN, carries a full Network Ten affiliation, carrying programs from Ten's Melbourne station (ATV-10) with local advertisements. (Due to it being a joint venture, TDT does not take on the Southern Cross Ten branding.) It is expected that Southern Cross will eventually become a full Seven Network affiliate if and when take-up of digital television is considered widespread in the state.

Main transmitters[edit]

Region served City Channels
(Analog/
Digital)
First air date ERP
(Analog/
Digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
Digital)
1
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Hobart Hobart 31 (UHF)
10 (VHF)
April 30, 1994 1.300 kW
0.050 kW
1061 m
1030 m
42°53′51″S 147°14′10″E / 42.89750°S 147.23611°E / -42.89750; 147.23611 (TNT) (analog)
42°53′42″S 147°14′10″E / 42.89500°S 147.23611°E / -42.89500; 147.23611 (TNT) (digital)
Mount Wellington
North Eastern Tasmania Launceston 9 (VHF)
38 (UHF)
May 26, 1962 0.300 kW
1.250 kW
809 m
839 m
41°23′27″S 147°25′29″E / 41.39083°S 147.42472°E / -41.39083; 147.42472 (TNT) (analog)
41°23′27″S 147°25′28″E / 41.39083°S 147.42444°E / -41.39083; 147.42444 (TNT) (digital)
Mount Barrow

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