NRN

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NRN
Northern New South Wales
Branding Ten
Slogan Turn on 10
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Ten
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(Northern Rivers Television Pty Ltd)
First air date 23 January 1965
Call letters' meaning Northern
Rivers
New South Wales
Former affiliations independent (1965-1991)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Website http://www.southerncrossten.com.au/

NRN is a television station originating in Coffs Harbour, Australia owned by Southern Cross Austereo, affiliated to Network Ten. The station was formally a partnership between NRN-11 Coffs Harbour (launched 23 January 1965) and RTN-8 Lismore (launched 12 May 1962).

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

NRN11 Coffs Harbour had merged with ECN8 Taree, but later demerged. Around 1971, RTN8 and NRN11 merged to form Northern Rivers Television (NRTV), but was known on-air originally as 11-8. The merged stations served the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers areas of Northern New South Wales. During the mid-1970s, the station was known as Great Eastland Television, when the partnership shared programming and advertising with NEN-9 Tamworth and DDQ-10 Toowoomba/SDQ-4 Warwick, but they soon reverted to the NRTV brand.

In 1983, NRTV was relayed into the Gold Coast after a lobbying campaign from residents, although they could also watch the commercial television stations from Brisbane. NRTV's Gold Coast studios and offices were constructed in Ashmore on Southport Nerang Road. The Gold Coast facilities didn't contain a newsroom, although relayed local news from the Coffs Harbour studios. News crews from Lismore travelled to the Gold Coast for stories of importance.

NRTV produced a considerable amount of local activity (approximately five each week). Local contented included local news, three hours of live women's variety "Round About", 5 half-hours of live children's variety "Get Set" and "Razzamataz" weekly, holiday specials "Summerthon", and a half-hour daily exercise program "Jazzacize". Live sports specials included the annual "Grafton Cup" Racing Carnival and the Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic.

Live programs mainly originated from the Coffs Harbour Studios with programs being recorded at both the networks other studios located at Lismore and Gold Coast.

Some of the memorable names from that era were:

  • Ron Lawrence - Ron died in 2008. He was the driving force behind the network's local production.[citation needed] He began his career as booth announcer at the Lismore Radio and TV Studios of Northern Star Holdings (RTN 8) and (Radio 2LM) after graduating from Jim Illife's AIR-TV College in Brisbane. He moved to Coffs Harbour TV studios in the early 70s after the merge between NRN11 and RTN 8 and became the station announcer–news reader. Later in his career he became Program Manager then later Station Manager and finally General Manager before retiring in the 90s
  • Wayne Magee, also a diploma graduate from the Brisbane College AIR-TV (formally with Radio 4GY Gympie, BCV TV Victoria and National Nine News Adelaide) started with the network in 1976. During his time with the network he hosted Get Set, network specials and telethons and read local TV news. He eventually moved into management before leaving the network to become a minister.
  • Chris Wordsworth who hailed from Townsville QLD and who had worked previously in radio. Chris hosted the children's show for a period and read main bulletin news Monday to Friday. He later joined Channel Seven Sydney as late edition news reader – journalist, was briefly a Chief of Staff for a QLD Politician and later assumed the role of Director of ABC QLD/NT.
  • Greg Hughes who succeeded Wordsworth as News Reader and station announcer. He formally had worked for the Mike Walsh owned Penrith radio station. He left the network to work for the Army PR Dept.

1990s to 2000s[edit]

1990 saw plans for NRTV to be merged with southern Queensland's Vision TV to form one super regional network to respond to the growing aggregation of television into regional areas of the nation, but they were called off. On 31 December 1991, Northern New South Wales became the third area to be aggregated, and NRTV, via links to Network Ten (it was part of Northern Star Holdings), owned by Westfield Group chairman Frank Lowy), became its affiliate in the region. At one stage, NRTV was the subject of a bid from WIN Television. Nothing came of it, although if WIN had gone through with the bid, it would have made NRTV the Nine Network's affiliate (using the logos of its parent station in southern NSW and the campaigns of the Nine Network) and would've left an unhappy NBN as Network Ten's affiliate instead in the area.

Southern Cross Ten office in Newcastle, New South Wales

NRTV was later sold to Telecasters Australia, who also owned the Queensland affiliate of Network Ten. In 1994, the station was renamed Ten Northern NSW, and its station identification was changed to that of Network Ten. The station stopped producing regional news for Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gold Coast. They had previously produced a licence-wide bulletin, but that was axed due to poor ratings.

NRN launched One HD on 2 July 2009.

2010s[edit]

NRN launched Eleven on 11 January 2011, replacing a simulcast of the main channel.

On 1 July 2016, Southern Cross Ten's unique branding began to phase out shortened news headlines and on air branding in favour of Ten's mainstream branding as Ten. Southern Cross announced on 13 September 2016 that Ten HD would be launched on channel 52 on 21 September 2016.[1][2] In addition, One will be reduced to an standard definition broadcast.

News[edit]

Since 2004, short local news updates have been broadcast throughout the day on NRN (Ten Northern NSW). These bulletins currently brand themselves with the Ten Local News Update title since 1 July 2016. The updates are produced from Southern Cross' Canberra studios and make use of news content from local radio stations owned by Southern Cross Austereo in each market. Local sport and weather reports also air on an sporadic basis. Short updates also air throughout the day and evening alongside updates from Ten Eyewitness News (state level during the day and the national level updates during the night). The bulletins are researched, produced and presented by Emma Larouche.

As a Network Ten affiliate, Southern Cross Ten also transmits Studio 10, The Project and Ten Eyewitness News (State-level on weekdays and national on weekends) are broadcast on NRN.

Main transmitters[edit]

Region served City Channels
(Analog/
Digital)
First air date ERP
(Analog/
Digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
Digital)
1
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Grafton/Kempsey Coffs Harbour 11 (VHF)3 4
38 (UHF)
23 January 1965 250 kW
250 kW
706 m
730 m
30°19′2″S 152°51′35″E / 30.31722°S 152.85972°E / -30.31722; 152.85972 Mount Moombil
Manning River Taree 65 (UHF)3
11 (VHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
80 kW
633 m
633 m
31°42′7″S 152°40′43″E / 31.70194°S 152.67861°E / -31.70194; 152.67861 Middle Brother
Newcastle/Hunter and Central Coast Newcastle 57 (UHF)3
39 (UHF)
31 December 1991 1200 kW
250 kW
439 m
439 m
32°53′31″S 151°32′18″E / 32.89194°S 151.53833°E / -32.89194; 151.53833 Mount Sugarloaf
Richmond /Tweed and Gold Coast Lismore 8 (VHF)3
32 (UHF)
12 May 1962 200 kW
170 kW
612 m
648 m
28°32′33″S 153°17′25″E / 28.54250°S 153.29028°E / -28.54250; 153.29028 (analog)
28°32′44″S 153°17′15″E / 28.54556°S 153.28750°E / -28.54556; 153.28750 (digital)
Mount Nardi
Upper Namoi Tamworth 34 (UHF)3
32 (UHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
150 kW
844 m
874 m
30°17′5″S 150°10′2″E / 30.28472°S 150.16722°E / -30.28472; 150.16722 Mount Dowe
  • 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  • 2. The Richmond and Tweed station was an independent station with the callsign RTN from its 1962 sign-on until aggregation in 1991.
  • 3. Analogue services ceased transmission as of 27 November 2012 as part of national conversion to digital-only television
  • 4. NRN was originally licensed to broadcast on VHF 10 but in August 1965 received approval to change to 11 following reports that the Channel 10 signal was prone to interference [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ten HD: FAQ". Southern Cross Austereo. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ten HD on-air from 21 September in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast". Southern Cross Austereo. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Channel Change". The Canberra Times. 27 August 1965. p. 17. 

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