TVQ

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TVQ
Brisbane, Queensland
Branding Ten Queensland
Slogan Turn On 10
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 10
Affiliations Ten (O&O)
Owner Ten Network Holdings Ltd
(Network Ten (Brisbane) Pty Ltd)
First air date 1 July 1965
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Queensland
Former channel number(s) Analog: 0 (VHF) (1965-1988)
Analog: 10 (VHF) (1988-2013)
Transmitter power 200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height 385 m (both)[1]
Transmitter coordinates 27°27′47″S 152°56′54″E / 27.46306°S 152.94833°E / -27.46306; 152.94833
Website www.tenplay.com.au/

TVQ is the Brisbane television station of Network Ten in Australia.

The channel was allocated channel 0 (the 0 was pronounced as the letter O instead of "zero") on the VHF band and was launched on 1 July 1965 as TVQ-0. Just like its Melbourne equivalent, TVQ-0 was initially owned by Sir Reginald Ansett, until the station was taken over in the early 1980s.

On 10 September 1988, Toowoomba station DDQ-10 switched frequency to DDQ-0, and TVQ-0 also changed frequency to become TVQ-10, in time for the channel's broadcast of the 1988 Summer Olympics, at the same time as its broadcasts of World Expo 88, of which it and the entire Network Ten was the official station.

On 30 November 2015, lightning struck the TVQ transmission tower, cutting its power and lighting.

Programming[edit]

Current in-house productions[edit]

Past productions[edit]

News and current affairs[edit]

TVQ-10 produces a 60-minute local news program on weeknights from its studios at Mt Coot-tha. Ten Eyewitness News is presented by Georgina Lewis with sport presenter Jonathan Williams, weather presenter Josh Holt and traffic reporter Dave Andrews.

TVQ-0 did not operate a news service until 1974 when it launched News Watch. The bulletin later adopted the branding Eyewitness News after rival channel BTQ-7 had relinquished the name, and became the first ever Brisbane newscast to use videotape for its reports. Eyewitness News continued as a nightly half-hour bulletin until 1984 when it was expanded to a one-hour format (the last Network Ten station at that time to convert to the one hour newscast used in other major Australian cities save for Perth). The station won a Logie award in 1986 for Best News Report for its coverage of the siege at Eagle Farm airport the previous year.

With TVQ as the host broadcaster for World Expo 88, Eyewitness News shifted its newsroom operation and production to the TVQ stand at the Expo site, putting itself on show to the general public for the entire six month duration of Expo. After the close of Expo on 30 October 1988, the newsroom returned to the Mt Coot-tha studios to a refurbished news set and a branding refresh to Ten News (acknowledging the channel's transition from VHF Channel 0 to 10 and bringing TVQ into line with Network Ten stations in other states).

The Eyewitness News brand returned in July 1989 coinciding with the network relaunch, and it was later renamed as Ten Evening News in January 1990 and then as Ten Eyewitness News in January 1991. In 1994, the Ten News brand was revived for the 2nd time. In September 2013, Ten once again revived the Eyewitness News branding for all its newscasts after a 19-year break.

Presenters and reporters[edit]

News Presenter

Past news presenters[edit]

Past sports reporters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.