ABW (TV station)
|Perth, Western Australia|
|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Owner||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||7 May 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||ABC Western Australia|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 2 (VHF)(1960-2013)|
|Transmitter power||200 kW (analog)|
50 kW (digital)
|Height||262 m (analog)|
284 m (digital)
ABW is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Perth, Western Australia. The station began broadcasting on 7 May 1960 from studios on Adelaide Terrace in downtown Perth and its transmitter at Bickley. The station is relayed throughout the state by a number of transmitters as well as on the Optus Aurora free-to-view satellite television platform.
In 2005 the station moved to a new digital broadcast centre in East Perth.
ABC News Western Australia is presented by James McHale, Irena Ceranic for weather on weeknights and Pamela Medlen on weekends. Tom Wildie presents local sport bulletins on Saturdays and Sundays. The weeknight bulletins also incorporates a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.
The Western Australian edition of 7.30 was presented by Andrew O'Connor each Friday night but was cancelled to broadcast a national edition only when the ABC had its funding cut.
Due to different time zones, ABW also receives a local version of ABC News at Noon produced from the ABN Sydney studios, which is also simulcast live nationally on the ABC News channel.
ABW used to carry live coverage of West Australian Football League matches every Saturday afternoon throughout the season until 2014. TVW now carries this along with the other Seven Network stations i.e. SAS, HSV
In February 2013 ABW was the first TV station in Western Australia to start producing a national news bulletin at 5.30pm. Due to different time zones in Australia, the bulletin goes live to air on the east coast at 5.30pm and a separate local edition is produced for the west coast.
ABW commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2.
The analogue signal for ABW was shut off at 9.00am Western Standard Time, Tuesday, 16 April 2013.
On April 6 2018, Weeknight weather presenter Rebecca Dollery was step down from ABC due to family reasons. From April 9, Rebecca Dollery was replaced by Irena Ceranic as now your full-time weather presenter.
As at Late June 2018, Trevor Jenkins is no longer used as a weekend sport present, he was replaced by Tom Wildie.
The following stations relay ABW throughout Western Australia:
|First air date||3rd letter’s
|Transmitter coordinates||Transmitter location|
|ABAW||Southern Agricultural Area||Albany||2 (VHF)
|6 June 1966||Albany||200 kW
|ABCW||Central Agricultural Area||Northam||5A (VHF)[b]
|28 March 1966||Central Agricultural area||160 kW
|8 March 1975||ABC Morawa||13 kW
|30 June 1972||CarnarvoN||0.5 kW
|17 December 1973||Dampier||0.08 kW
|21 October 1974||Esperance||2 kW
|8 December 1969||Geraldton||32 kW
|27 January 1970||Kalgoorlie||8 kW
|17 December 1973||KarrathA||0.8 kW
|30 September 1974||Moora||120 kW
|14 April 1971||Norseman||0.08 kW
|ABPHW||Port Hedland||Port Hedland||7 (VHF)
|3 October 1973||Port Hedland||3 kW
|17 December 1973||RoeBourne||2 kW
|10 May 1965||South West||300 kW
|ABSBW||Southern Cross/Bullfinch||Southern Cross||9 (VHF)
|16 July 1973||Southern Cross/Bullfinch||2 kW
- HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- ABCW was on VHF channel 4 from its 1966 sign-on until the late 1970s, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
- ABDW originally broadcast on VHF channel 10.
- ABKAW originally broadcast on VHF channel 7.
- ABMW was on VHF channel 10 from its 1974 sign-on until 1987, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate a new TV station in Perth on channel 10 (NEW).
- ABSW is the only station in Australia to use channel 5.
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