ABS (TV station)

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Adelaide, South Australia
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 2
AffiliationsABC Television
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date11 March 1960
Call letters' meaningABC South Australia
Former channel number(s)Analog: 2 (VHF)(1960-2013)
Transmitter power200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height496 m (analog)
517 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates34°58′44″S 138°42′31″E / 34.97889°S 138.70861°E / -34.97889; 138.70861 (ABS)

ABS is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Adelaide, South Australia. It began broadcasting on 11 March 1960 from studios in the suburb of Collinswood. The station's transmitter is located at Mount Lofty, and is augmented by a series of relay transmitters located throughout the state.

ABS commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2. The analogue signal for ABS was shut off at 9.00am CST, Tuesday, 2 April 2013.

Local programming[edit]

ABC News South Australia is presented by Jessica Harmsen on weeknights and Emma Rebellato on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate national finance segment is presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne. Weekend bulletins feature local sport bulletins presented by Neil Cross.

The weekly local current affairs program, 7.30 South Australia is broadcast each Friday night at 7:30pm and presented by Simon Royal.

Networked programming[edit]

Past programming[edit]


In November 2014, current managing director Mark Scott announced at a meeting held at ABC's Unltimo Centre in Sydney that due to a cut of over $250 million from the ABC budget a major restructuring would occur.[2] In an email to staff, Scott says

"[We will] close our Adelaide television production studio and wind down remaining television production in smaller states. The economics of the television sector make it difficult to maintain small-scale operations. It is more economically efficient to base production (outside news and current affairs) in Sydney and Melbourne. TV’s aim is to work with the independent sector on programming that better reflects local diversity. To demonstrate accountability, the ABC will deliver detailed annual reports on its local production, including dollars invested and programs made."[2]

Relay stations[edit]

The following stations relay ABS throughout South Australia:

Call Region served City Channels
First air date 3rd letter's
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABCS Ceduna Ceduna 9 (VHF)2
39 (UHF)
16 July 1973 Ceduna 1.6 kW 92 m 32°8′20″S 133°47′22″E / 32.13889°S 133.78944°E / -32.13889; 133.78944 (ABCS) Kongwirra Hill
ABGS South East South Australia Mount Gambier 1 (VHF)3
39 (UHF)
3 December 1965 Mount Gambier 210 kW
225 kW
276 m
379 m
37°36′8″S 140°28′58″E / 37.60222°S 140.48278°E / -37.60222; 140.48278 (ABGS) Mount Burr
ABLCS Leigh Creek Leigh Creek 9 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
28 April 1977 Leigh Creek 0.032 kW
0.01 kW
3 m
3 m
30°35′59″S 138°24′13″E / 30.59972°S 138.40361°E / -30.59972; 138.40361 (ABLCS) Leigh Creek
ABNS Spencer Gulf North Port Pirie 1 (VHF)3
38 (UHF)
10 April 1965 Spencer Gulf North 200 kW
240 kW
576 m
627 m
33°6′14″S 138°9′51″E / 33.10389°S 138.16417°E / -33.10389; 138.16417 (ABNS) The Bluff
ABRS Riverland Renmark/Loxton 3 (VHF)3
39 (UHF)
20 January 1971 Riverland 240 kW
240 kW
166 m
180 m
34°27′52″S 140°32′1″E / 34.46444°S 140.53361°E / -34.46444; 140.53361 (ABRS) Loxton
ABWS Woomera Woomera 7 (VHF)
30 November 1973 Woomera 0.02 kW 48 m 31°11′31″S 136°48′53″E / 31.19194°S 136.81472°E / -31.19194; 136.81472 (ABWS) Woomera


  • 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  • 2. ABCS was on VHF channel 7 from its 1973 sign-on until sometime in the 1980s.
  • 3. Analogue transmissions ceased as of 15 December 2010 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ a b Gothe-Snape, Jackson (24 November 2014). "ABC to close Adelaide production studio". The Advertiser. The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 24 November 2014.