ABN is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Sydney. The station began broadcasting on 5 November 1956. Its original studios were located in Gore Hill and were in use up until March 2004, when they were co-located with ABC Radio, Radio Australia, ABC-TV Set Construction and ABC Australia at the Corporation's headquarters in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. Its main transmitter, however, remains at Gore Hill. The station can be received throughout the state through a number of relay transmitters, as well as satellite transmission on the Optus Aurora platform.
|Owner||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
First air date
|5 November 1956|
Former channel number(s)
|2 (VHF) (analog) (1956–2013)|
Call sign meaning
|ABC New South Wales|
|ERP||200 kW (analog)|
50 kW (digital)
|HAAT||168 m (analog)|
205 m (digital)[note 1]
The first national public television station in Australia opened in Sydney at 7:00pm on 5 November 1956 under the call sign ABN-2. It was opened by Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies, with the first television broadcast presented by Michael Charlton, and James Dibble reading the first television news bulletin with full-time colour broadcasting introduced in March 1975.
For more than 40 years, Gore Hill was best known as the location of the ABC's Sydney television studios, which were fully opened in 1958 and which operated until 2002, when the site was closed and sold off. Later, the ABC moved its television operations to its broadcasting centre in Ultimo.
ABN commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2.
ABN's schedule is similar to the national ABC schedule, with the exception of some news, current affairs, sport and occasionally, election programming.
ABC News New South Wales is presented by Juanita Phillips (Sunday–Thursday) and Jeremy Fernandez (Friday–Saturday). The weeknight bulletins also incorporate NSW weather forecasts presented by Tom Saunders as well as a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.
|2 & 21||ABC TV||SD|
|20||ABC TV HD||HD|
|22||ABC Kids/TV Plus||SD|
The following stations relay ABN throughout New South Wales:
|First air date||3rd letter's
|Transmitter coordinates||Transmitter location|
|ABCN||Central Tablelands||Orange||1 (VHF)[note 2]
|31 March 1964||Central Tablelands||160 kW
|ABDN||Grafton/Kempsey||Coffs Harbour||2 (VHF)[note 3]
|28 June 1965||160 kW
|ABGN||Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area||Griffith||7 (VHF)[note 2]
|25 July 1966||Griffith||200 kW
|ABHN||Newcastle/Hunter Valley||Newcastle||5A (VHF)[note 4][note 3]
|5 June 1963||Hunter River||200 kW
|ABLN||Broken Hill||Broken Hill||2 (VHF)[note 5]
|14 December 1965||5 kW
|ABMN||South West Slopes and Eastern Riverina||Wagga Wagga||0 (VHF)[note 2]
|30 April 1965||200 kW
|1 January 1974||MungindI||0.1 kW||59 m||Mungindi|
|ABQN||Central Western Slopes||Dubbo||11 (VHF)[note 6][note 2]
|12 September 1966||400 kW
|Mount Cenn Cruaich|
|ABRN||Richmond and Tweed||Lismore||6 (VHF)[note 3]
|20 April 1964||Richmond and Tweed||200 kW
|ABSN||Bega/Cooma||Bega||8 (VHF)[note 2]
|29 June 1966||South East||200 kW||428 m||Brown Mountain|
|ABTN||Manning River||Taree||6 (VHF)[note 7][note 3]
|29 April 1966||Taree||315 kW
|ABUN||Upper Namoi||Tamworth||7 (VHF)[note 3]
|27 September 1965||Upper Namoi||72 kW
|ABWN||Illawarra||Wollongong||56 (UHF)[note 8][note 2]
|28 October 1963||Wollongong||960 kW
- HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- Analogue transmission ceased as of 5 June 2012 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television
- Analogue transmission ceased as of 27 November 2012 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.
- ABHN also broadcasts on analog UHF channel 48 with 1200 kW ERP at 441 m HAAT. ABHN was on VHF channel 5 from its 1963 sign-on until the late 1970s, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
- Analogue transmission ceased as of 15 December 2010 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.
- ABQN was on VHF channel 5 from its 1966 sign-on until 1988, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
- ABTN was on VHF channel 1 from its 1966 sign-on until 1990.
- ABWN was on VHF channel 5A from its 1963 sign-on until 1988.
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