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This article is about the Australian television station. For other uses, see STW (disambiguation).
STW
Perth, Western Australia
Branding Nine
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Affiliations Nine (O&O)
Owner Nine Entertainment Co.
(Swan Television & Radio Broadcasters Pty Ltd)
First air date 12 June 1965
Call letters' meaning Swan
Television
Western Australia
Former affiliations independent (1965–88)
Transmitter power 50 kW (digital)
Height 327 m (digital) [1]
Transmitter coordinates 31°59′53″S 116°4′20″E / 31.99806°S 116.07222°E / -31.99806; 116.07222
Website 9now.com.au

STW is an Australian television station owned by the Nine Network that is based in Perth, Australia. STW broadcasts with a transmitter mast located in Walliston. The station callsign, STW, is an acronym of Swan Television, Western Australia.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

STW-9 commenced broadcasting on 12 June 1965 and was the second commercial television station in Perth. It became the first station in Perth to broadcast 24 hours a day on 17 April 1984. In 1983, the station came under the ownership of Bond Media, owned by businessman Alan Bond, and became a Nine Network owned and operated station when Bond purchased the network. In 1989, Bond Media sold the station to Sunraysia Television for A$95 million. The deal also involved Bond Media purchasing the Sunraysia owned STV-8 for A$18 million. Bond Media was forced to sell due to the Federal cross-media ownership laws, which restricted the level of national reach for media owners.[2]

2000s[edit]

In January 2007, Sunraysia Television posted a profit warning, from an expected 12% drop in revenue over the previous six months, citing a weak local advertising market and low ratings, despite a strong state economy.[3] The profit warning lead to speculation of a potential takeover of STW-9, with PBL and regional network WIN Television indicated as potential bidders.[4] PBL Media announced in February 2007 that it would purchase STW-9 for A$136.4 million, with the deal to be completed in late March or early April subject to shareholder approval.[5] After PBL Media bid for the station, 45% shareholder WIN Corporation wanted to buy out the station itself. WIN lodged two bids. In June 2007, shareholders approved the revised WIN bid. In 2013 Nine Entertainment Co. purchased STW from WIN Corporation and gained control of the station from the 30th September 2013. This returned STW to being a Nine owned-and-operated station for the first time since 1989, with Nine now owning all five Nine-branded metropolitan stations.

2010s[edit]

On 19 September 2016, Channel Nine Perth began the move to new studios located at 253-267 St Georges Terrace, Perth, after 51 years at its original location in Dianella. [6]

Programming[edit]

News & Current Affairs[edit]

Nine News national services broadcast on STW include Today, Weekend Today, Nine's Early Morning News, Nine's Morning News, Nine News: First at 5, Nine News Now, Nine's Afternoon News, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.

Nine News Perth[edit]

Nine News Perth is produced and broadcast live from STW's studios in Perth Western Australia every night at 6pm across Perth and regional Western Australia. This news service, in August 1974, was the first in Australia to be converted to using colour broadcasts, beating other cities in the process.

Presenters[edit]
  • Tim McMillan (News)
  • Emmy Kubainski (News)
  • Louise Momber (News)
  • Michael Thomson (Sport)
  • Tracy Vo (News)
Reporters[edit]
  • Alice Pooley (Crime)
  • Tracy Vo (News)
  • Ebbeny Faranda (News)

Local programming[edit]

  • Destination WA

Past local programming[edit]

In recent years, STW-9 has also produced and broadcast local news, current affairs & feature programming including a Western Australia edition of A Current Affair, a localised 4.30pm afternoon news bulletin, gardening series Garden Gurus (which continues to air on Nine Network stations), lifestyle series Just Add Water and travel series Postcards WA.

Appealathon[edit]

In its 30 years, Channel Nine Perth's Appealathon has raised in excess of $53.5 million. Since 1975, Appealathon has supported four specific charities with Appealathon funds: the Activ Foundation, Civilian Maimed & Limbless Association, Paraplegic/Quadriplegic Association and Rocky Bay. Many other organisations are helped as well on a yearly basis. The Appealathon is involved in over 50 fundraising events and projects across Perth each year.

Broadcasting details[edit]

Locations of transmitters broadcasting STW

Analogue main channel frequency (to 25 June 2013): VHF-9 @ 196.25 MHz (Bandwidth: 7 MHz PAL)
Digital transport stream frequency (as of 25 June 2013): VHF-8 @ 191.5 MHz (Bandwidth: 7 MHz 64-QAM

Digital Channels
LCN Service Image Quality Compression Quality
9 9 720x576i16:9 SD H.262 video @ 5550 kbit/s
Dolby Digital audio @ 256 kbit/s
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
90 9HD 1440x1080i HD Lite H.262 video @ 15250 kbit/s video
Dolby Digital audio @ 448kbit
92 9Gem 720x576i16:9 SD H.262 video @ 5550 kbit/s
Dolby Digital audio @ 256 kbit/s
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
93/99 9Go! 720x576i 16:9 SD H.262 video
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
94 9Life 720x576i 16:9 SD H.262 video
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s
95 extra 720x576i 16:9 SD H.262 video
MPEG-1 Audio Layer II @ 256 kbit/s

References[edit]

  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ Webb, Richard (20 April 1989). "Sunraysia settles STW-9 purchase". Australian Financial Review. 
  3. ^ Canning, Simon (1 October 2007). "STW profits hit by ad drop". The Australian. Retrieved 1 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Murray, Lisa (10 January 2007). "WIN, Packer seen as rival bidders for Perth Channel 9". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "PBL Media buys Channel Nine Perth". The Age. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  6. ^ Claire Abraham (19 September 2016). "9NEWS Perth paves the way with Australia's most modern news studio". Nine News. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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