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ABS (TV station)

ABS (TV station)

ABS is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Adelaide, South Australia. It began broadcasting on 11 March 1960 from studios in the suburb of Collinswood. The station's transmitter is located at Mount Lofty, and is augmented by a series of relay transmitters located throughout the state.

ABS commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2. The analogue signal for ABS was shut off at 9.00am CST, Tuesday, 2 April 2013.

Adelaide, South Australia
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 2
AffiliationsABC Television
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date11 March 1960
Call letters' meaningABC South Australia
Former channel number(s)Analog: 2 (VHF)(1960-2013)
Transmitter power200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height496 m (analog)
517 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates34°58′44″S 138°42′31″E [4]
Websitewww.abc.net.au/tv [5]

Local programming

ABC News South Australia is presented by Jessica Harmsen on weeknights and Emma Rebellato on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate national finance segment is presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne. Weekend bulletins feature local sport bulletins presented by Neil Cross.

The weekly local current affairs program, 7.30 South Australia is broadcast each Friday night at 7:30pm and presented by Simon Royal.

Networked programming

  • Talking Heads

  • Behind the News

  • Poh's Kitchen

  • News on 3

Past programming

  • Couch Potato


In November 2014, current managing director Mark Scott announced at a meeting held at ABC's Unltimo Centre in Sydney that due to a cut of over $250 million from the ABC budget a major restructuring would occur.[2] In an email to staff, Scott says

"[We will] close our Adelaide television production studio and wind down remaining television production in smaller states. The economics of the television sector make it difficult to maintain small-scale operations. It is more economically efficient to base production (outside news and current affairs) in Sydney and Melbourne. TV’s aim is to work with the independent sector on programming that better reflects local diversity. To demonstrate accountability, the ABC will deliver detailed annual reports on its local production, including dollars invested and programs made."[2]

Relay stations

The following stations relay ABS throughout South Australia:

CallRegion servedCityChannels
First air date3rd letter's
Transmitter coordinatesTransmitter location
ABCSCedunaCeduna9 (VHF)2
39 (UHF)
16 July 1973Ceduna1.6 kW92 m32°8′20″S 133°47′22″E [6]Kongwirra Hill
ABGSSouth East South AustraliaMount Gambier1 (VHF)3
39 (UHF)
3 December 1965Mount Gambier210 kW
225 kW
276 m
379 m
37°36′8″S 140°28′58″E [7]Mount Burr
ABLCSLeigh CreekLeigh Creek9 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
28 April 1977Leigh Creek0.032 kW
0.01 kW
3 m
3 m
30°35′59″S 138°24′13″E [8]Leigh Creek
ABNSSpencer Gulf NorthPort Pirie1 (VHF)3
38 (UHF)
10 April 1965Spencer Gulf North200 kW
240 kW
576 m
627 m
33°6′14″S 138°9′51″E [9]The Bluff
ABRSRiverlandRenmark/Loxton3 (VHF)3
39 (UHF)
20 January 1971Riverland240 kW
240 kW
166 m
180 m
34°27′52″S 140°32′1″E [10]Loxton
ABWSWoomeraWoomera7 (VHF)
30 November 1973Woomera0.02 kW48 m31°11′31″S 136°48′53″E [11]Woomera


    1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ [12] using EHAAT.
    1. ABCS was on VHF channel 7 from its 1973 sign-on until sometime in the 1980s.
    1. Analogue transmissions ceased as of 15 December 2010 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.

See also

  • Television broadcasting in Australia


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Citation Linktools.wmflabs.org34°27′52″S 140°32′1″E
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