TNT (TV station)

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This article is about the Australian TNT station. For other television services named "TNT", see TNT (disambiguation).
TNT
Tasmania
Branding Southern Cross
Slogan Your Favourites, Your Station
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Seven
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(Southern Cross Television (TNT9) Pty Ltd)
First air date May 26, 1962
Call letters' meaning Television
Northern
Tasmania
Former affiliations Independent (1962-1994)
Network Ten (secondary, 1994-2008)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

TNT is a television station based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Originally broadcasting only to Launceston and Northern Tasmania, it has broadcast to the whole of Tasmania since aggregation of the Tasmanian television market in 1994. Owned by Southern Cross Austereo, it is now branded as Southern Cross Television.

History[edit]

  • 1962 - Founded as Northern TV Ltd and broadcasts in Launceston and Northern Tasmania
  • 1965 - Became part of ENT Ltd (Examiner-Northern TV Ltd)
  • 1980 - adopts a starred version of the Nine Network's "9 Dots" logo
  • 1982 - ENT bought TVT-6 in Hobart
  • 1985 - TNT and TVT officially relaunched as TasTV, callsigns remain for both stations
  • 1989 - ENT sold TNT-9 to Tricom Corporation, which subsequently became Southern Cross Broadcasting; station became known on-air as Southern Cross Network
  • 1994 - Aggregation of Tasmanian television market occurs - Southern Cross broadcasts statewide, competing with TasTV
  • 1999 - Southern Cross Tasmania, while still a part of Southern Cross Broadcasting, changes logo independently of Southern Cross stations on the mainland.
  • 2003 - Southern Cross and WIN Television launch Tasmanian Digital Television, a jointly owned digital-only commercial station based in Hobart relaying Network Ten content.
  • 2005 - Southern Cross Broadcasting adapts new logo for all stations it owns. Southern Cross Tasmania loses its Tasmanian Tiger logo to a unified corporate Southern Cross logo.
  • 2008 - Southern Cross Tasmania ceases broadcasting its last Ten content. The station is now a sole Seven affiliate.

Local programming[edit]

Southern Cross Television produces the market's number one news bulletin Southern Cross News daily plus local lifestyle and sports programming.

Previous local programmes produced by TNT-9 include Sports Club (weekly sports review), Quiz Quest (children's game show), The Saturday Night Show (variety), Down the Line (morning talk/local events), The Saturday Morning Fun Show (kids), Tasmanian New Faces (talent) and annual coverage of Targa Tasmania and The Launceston Cup.

News & current affairs[edit]

Southern Cross News is the station's flagship news program, broadcast live every night at 6:00pm from the station's Launceston studios. Short news updates are also produced and broadcast throughout the day alongside the national Seven News Updates. The nightly news bulletin is consistently the highest rating television program in Tasmania. A shortened version of the day's bulletin is upload on their website.

Outside of this bulletin, Southern Cross Tasmania airs national news and current affairs output from the Seven Network, including:

Current presenters[edit]

Main anchors
  • Jo Palmer (weeknights)
  • Rachel Williams (weekends)
Sport presenters
  • Chris Mitchell (weeknights)
  • Chris Rowbottom (weekends)
Weather presenters
  • Peter Murphy (weeknights)
  • Laura Moore
  • Britt Aylen
  • Ken Saville

Non-news output[edit]

Hook, Line and Sinker[edit]

The fishing show Hook, Line and Sinker is the most popular Tasmanian-made program airing and is broadcast Australia-wide. The program is hosted by former news journalists Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan.

Renovation Relief[edit]

Renovation Relief is a DIY Program hosted by famous wood-chopper David Foster in which he and a team of people from sponsors (i.e. Gunns) renovate a house, most commonly for people who have done something for the community or have enabled children.

Targa Torque[edit]

Broadcast every night during Targa Tasmania fortnight, Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan report and review the events of the day.

Holiday at Home[edit]

Holiday at Home is a lifestyle program which promotes places to stay and things to do in Tasmania.

Burnie Ten - Ten Week Challenge[edit]

For the ten weeks leading up to the Burnie Ten, Mark Connelly trains a group of people in a program sponsored by Southern Cross Tasmania. Weekly updates are broadcast during commercial breaks. In the early years of the program, people who took part were well known in Tasmania, however in 2006, a Launceston family were trained to run the event.

Sports coverage[edit]

Southern Cross airs sports coverage from Seven Network, which includes Australian Rules Football, tennis and motorsport. In the 1990s, Southern Cross aired Network Ten's daily sports program Sports Tonight as part of its dual-affiliation, however this was eventually replaced by Seven's current affairs program, Today Tonight.

Southern Cross airs four AFL games per round courtesy of its affiliation with Seven. Matches held in Tasmania are broadcast on delay. The station promotes extensive coverage of Tasmanian sports in its news coverage including cricket, athletics, netball and basketball. The station's main sports reporters are Chris Rowbottom, Alicia Muling, and Trent Dann.

Local sport[edit]

Locally, coverage of the international road race Targa Tasmania is produced and aired each year. The station also produces live coverage of the Launceston and Hobart Cup. Regular updates on the annual Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race are broadcast during the duration of the race.

Affiliation[edit]

The station is affiliated with the metropolitan Seven Network and also broadcasts most of Seven's sub-channels (7TWO, 7mate, and Racing.com). Rival Tasmanian station TVT-6 (WIN Television) is affiliated with the metropolitan Ten Network.

Following aggregation in 1994, the station was a dual-Seven and Ten affiliate, however the Ten content was gradually removed from the schedule in the late 2000s following the launch of digital-only station TDT in 2003. TDT is a joint-venture between Southern Cross and WIN.

Main transmitters[edit]

Region served City Channels
(Analog/
Digital)
First air date ERP
(Analog/
Digital)
HAAT
(Analog/
Digital)
1
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Hobart Hobart 31 (UHF)
10 (VHF)
April 30, 1994 1.300 kW
0.050 kW
1061 m
1030 m
42°53′51″S 147°14′10″E / 42.89750°S 147.23611°E / -42.89750; 147.23611 (TNT) (analog)
42°53′42″S 147°14′10″E / 42.89500°S 147.23611°E / -42.89500; 147.23611 (TNT) (digital)
Mount Wellington
North Eastern Tasmania Launceston 9 (VHF)
38 (UHF)
May 26, 1962 0.300 kW
1.250 kW
809 m
839 m
41°23′27″S 147°25′29″E / 41.39083°S 147.42472°E / -41.39083; 147.42472 (TNT) (analog)
41°23′27″S 147°25′28″E / 41.39083°S 147.42444°E / -41.39083; 147.42444 (TNT) (digital)
Mount Barrow

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