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ABD is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Darwin, Northern Territory. The station was the first to go to air in Darwin, on 13 August 1971. Its studios are located in the inner city of Darwin, with (now defunct) analog transmitter owned by the Nine Network on Blake Street in The Gardens and digital transmitter on Deloraine Road. The station is received throughout the territory through a number of relay transmitters, as well as by satellite on the Optus Aurora platform.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation logo (1974-).svg
Darwin, Northern Territory
CityDarwin, Northern Territory
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 2
AffiliationsABC Television
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date13 August 1971
Call letters' meaningABC Darwin
Sister station(s)ABC Comedy, ABC Me, ABC Kids, ABC News
Former channel number(s)Analog: 6 (VHF)(1971-2013)
Transmitter power80 kW (analog)
85 kW (digital)
Height80 m (analog)
147 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates12°26′55″S 130°50′12″E / 12.44861°S 130.83667°E / -12.44861; 130.83667 (ABD) (analog)
12°24′52″S 130°58′9″E / 12.41444°S 130.96917°E / -12.41444; 130.96917 (ABD) (digital)
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Local programmingEdit

ABD follows a schedule similar to the ABC's statewide stations, opting out regularly for local news, current affairs and sport programming.

The nightly local ABC News is presented by Amy Culpitt on weeknights and Nick Hose on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.

ABC Darwin also produced their own 7:30 segment until December 2014, when Quentin Dempster announced the final episode of the state editions would be the following week (Friday 5 December 2014), corresponding with his departure from the public broadcaster.

ABD previously did live coverage of Northern Territory Football League matches every Saturday afternoon during the season, however ABC lost rights to SBS, which now broadcasts it on NITV in the Northern Territory.

The analogue signal for ABD was shut off at 9.00am CST, Tuesday, 30 July 2013, along with NTD (TV station) and other stations.

ABC News NT BulletinEdit

ABC Darwin produces a local news bulletin nightly out of TV Studio 81 in the heart of Darwin CBD. The bulletin has a duration of 30 minutes, with coverage of mostly national and local news stories.

ABC News NT is the only program produced locally by the network, however they may cover stories on the daytime program of Landline (TV series). The network previously produced programs such as Stateline and 7:30 on weeknights, however ABC axed the programs and introduced it as a National edition Australia Wide.

ABC News NT also has a Rural News Team, feeding stories from other parts of the Northern Territory for the bulletin.

Main Presenters
  • Emilie Garmanz (Mon-Fri)
  • Nick Hose (Sat-Sun)

Reporting Team (Darwin)Edit

Relay stationsEdit

The following stations relay ABD throughout the Northern Territory:

Call Region served City Channels
First air date 3rd letter's
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABAD Alice Springs Alice Springs 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
16 December 1972 Alice Springs 0.5 kW
0.125 kW
205 m
205 m
23°43′20″S 133°51′24″E / 23.72222°S 133.85667°E / -23.72222; 133.85667 (ABAD) West Gap
ABKD Katherine Katherine 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
21 December 1974 Katherine 1.2 kW
0.3 kW
32 m
32 m
14°28′20″S 132°16′45″E / 14.47222°S 132.27917°E / -14.47222; 132.27917 (ABKD) Katherine
ABTD Tennant Creek Tennant Creek 9 (VHF)
9A (VHF)
21 December 1974 Tennant Creek 2 kW
0.5 kW
110 m
114 m
19°38′3″S 134°13′25″E / 19.63417°S 134.22361°E / -19.63417; 134.22361 (ABTD) Tennant Creek


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.

Coordinates: 12°27′51.32″S 130°50′39.93″E / 12.4642556°S 130.8444250°E / -12.4642556; 130.8444250