STQ

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This article is about the Australian television station. For other uses, see STQ (disambiguation).
STQ
Seven Network logo.svg
regional Queensland
Branding Seven
Slogan GottaLoveItOn7
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Seven (O&O)
Network Seven
Owner Seven West Media Limited
(Channel Seven Queensland Pty Limited[1])
First air date 31 December 1990
Call letters' meaning Sunshine
Television
Queensland
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below
Website www.yahoo7.com.au/tv

Seven Queensland is an Australian television station, licensed to, and serving the regional areas of Queensland. The station is owned and operated by the Seven Network from studios located in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, using the callsign STQ, which stands for Sunshine Television, Queensland.

History[edit]

The station began as two different operators:

WBQ later changed its callsign to SEQ (as in South East Queensland), and its on-air name to "Sunshine Television", with its slogan Leading the Way. MVQ also changed its on-air name to "Tropical Television" at the same time. And as a long time broadcaster of Seven Network programs, as well as of the Brisbane Seven News edition on BTQ, as these were then under Christopher Skase's ownership then these two began preparations for aggregation in 1988-89 as the Seven affiliates for viewers in regional Queensland.

When Queensland was aggregated at the end of 1990, SEQ-8 and MVQ-6 operationally merged to become The Sunshine Television Network, and thus became the regional Queensland affiliate of the Seven Network, adopting its new slogan Love You Queensland with a matching jingle based on BTQ's in the 1980s while reformating its news service to its partner network. A new logo also debuted with the logo presentation similar to 7's but with a map of Queensland on the top.

In 1995, Sunshine Television was purchased by Seven, and became Seven Queensland, taking on a generic Seven Network look, adopting the Seven logo of the time. With few exceptions, its schedule since then has been virtually identical to that of its metropolitan counterpart, BTQ in Brisbane. Seven Queensland won the annual audience ratings for the first time in 1998 against WIN and Southern Cross Ten.

News[edit]

Further information: Seven Local News

Seven Local News bulletins are broadcast at 6pm each weeknight in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, and the Sunshine Coast. They are followed by an edited 30-minute edition of Seven News Brisbane at 6:30pm. Both the local and Brisbane bulletins are repeated on 7Two at 6:30pm and 7pm, respectively. (Prior to the extension of the Brisbane bulletin to an hour in 2014, the local news is followed by Seven News, in place of Today Tonight, which was then aired across Regional Queensland at 7pm via 7Two.)

All six bulletins are broadcast from the Maroochydore studios, with the Sunshine Coast bulletin aired live. Newsgathering and editing is undertaken by local bureaus in several markets, and sent to the main Maroochydore studios for transmission.

Between 2004 and 2005, the Fraser Coast office/news bureau for production and news staff were relocated to a smaller office in Hervey Bay.

On 5 March 2007, Seven Local News bulletins commenced production and broadcasts in a widescreen standard-definition digital format. Seven Local News was the first local news bulletin in regional Queensland to convert to widescreen.

On 22 November 2010, Seven Local News launched a sixth bulletin into the Rockhampton and Central Queensland region.

Seven Local News is directed by Rex Clark and Sally Young. The bulletin is presented by Rob Brough, with Joanne Desmond co-anchoring the Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton editions. Nathan Spurling presents sport with Livio Regano presenting local weather for all six sub-regions.

Main Transmitters[edit]

Region served City Channels
(Analog/
Digital)
First air date ERP
(Analog/
Digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
Digital)
1
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Cairns Cairns 33 (UHF)4
11 (VHF)
31 December 1990 400 kW
50 kW
1176 m
1190 m
17°15′51″S 145°51′14″E / 17.26417°S 145.85389°E / -17.26417; 145.85389 Mount Bellenden Ker
Darling Downs Toowoomba 35 (UHF)4
34 (UHF)
31 December 1990 1300 kW
500 kW
515 m
520 m
26°53′28″S 151°36′18″E / 26.89111°S 151.60500°E / -26.89111; 151.60500 (analog)
26°53′27″S 151°36′21″E / 26.89083°S 151.60583°E / -26.89083; 151.60583 (digital)
Mount Mowbullan
Mackay2 Mackay 6 (VHF)4
9A (VHF)
9 August 1968 360 kW
90 kW
613 m
613 m
21°1′56″S 148°56′36″E / 21.03222°S 148.94333°E / -21.03222; 148.94333 Mount Blackwood
Rockhampton Rockhampton 31 (UHF)4
38 (UHF)
31 December 1990 2000 kW
500 kW
523 m
523 m
23°43′48″S 150°32′9″E / 23.73000°S 150.53583°E / -23.73000; 150.53583 Mount Hopeful
Southern Downs Warwick 33 (UHF)4
51 (UHF)
31 December 1990 600 kW
500 kW
301 m
316 m
28°32′9″S 151°49′58″E / 28.53583°S 151.83278°E / -28.53583; 151.83278 Passchendaele Ridge
Townsville Townsville 34 (UHF)4
38 (UHF)
31 December 1990 200 kW
200 kW
617 m
644 m
19°20′36″S 146°46′50″E / 19.34333°S 146.78056°E / -19.34333; 146.78056 Mount Stuart
Wide Bay3 Maryborough 8 (VHF)4
7 (VHF)
10 April 1965 200 kW
60 kW
646 m
646 m
25°25′37″S 152°7′3″E / 25.42694°S 152.11750°E / -25.42694; 152.11750 Mount Goonaneman

Notes:

  • 1. height above average terrain
  • 2. The Mackay station was an independent station with the callsign MVQ from its 1968 sign-on until aggregation in 1990.
  • 3. The Wide Bay station was an independent station with the callsign WBQ from its 1968 sign-on until 1978, and then SEQ until aggregation in 1990.
  • 4. Analogue transmissions ceased on December 6, 2011 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.

Logos[edit]

STQ used many logos throughout its history.

Sunshine1991.png
1991–1995


References[edit]

See also[edit]