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QTQ is an Australian television station, licensed to, and serving Brisbane, Queensland. It is owned by the Nine Entertainment Co., and is part of the Nine Network. It broadcasts on VHF channel 9 (analog) and VHF channel 8 (digital). QTQ began broadcasting on 16 August 1959, the first of the Brisbane stations to launch. 2009 marked the 50 year anniversary for the station.
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)
|Owner||Nine Entertainment Co.
(Queensland Television Ltd)
|First air date||16 August 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Quality
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 9 (VHF) (1959-2013)|
|Transmitter power||200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
|Height||327 m (analog)|
The station was an independent member of the network before Alan Bond purchased the station, and integrated it into the Nine Network when he had control of it in the 1980s.
Current in-house productionsEdit
- Nine News Queensland (metropolitan Brisbane area only weeknights, statewide and across Darwin weekends)
- Nine Gold Coast News (Gold Coast transmitters only)
- Nine News regional Queensland and Darwin (weeknights only)
- Nine Live: Queensland
- Riverfire (1998–2006, 2010–present)
- Maroon Zone (2013–present)
- Broncos Insider (2013–present)
- QRL Intrust Super Cup Rugby League (2014–present)
Former in-house productionsEdit
- Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (Late 1990-1991) (production moved to Sydney: 1992-1999; Melbourne 2000-2004; Sydney again: 2005–2014)
- Extra (1991–2009)
- The Brisbane Footy Show (1994–2002)
- Challenger (1997–1998)
- Now You See It (1998–2000)
- Download (2000–2002)
- Cash Bonanza (2001)
- The Shak (2006–2010)
- Lab Rats Challenge (2008)
- Big Brother Australia (2012–2014) Queensland Production
QTQ-9's nightly news program is Nine News Queensland, presented on weeknights by Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes, with Wally Lewis presenting sport, and Garry Youngberry presenting the weather. Jonathan Uptin is the weekend presenter, with Dominique Loudon presenting sport and Luke Bradnam presenting weather. Luke Bradnam also presents Beach and Fishing reports each Friday and Saturday evening.
Regular fill-in presenters for the bulletins include news presenters Darren Curtis, Alison Ariotti ad Eva Milic and sports presenters Sam Squiers and Tom Mitchell.
The bulletin is simulcast in Brisbane on commercial radio station River 94.9, across regional Queensland on Southern Cross Nine and throughout remote eastern and central Australia on Imparja Television. As of September 2017, weekend bulletins also air in Darwin.
Since 2014, QTQ-9 has produced local editions of Nine Live Queensland (as well as the Morning News until it was axed in October 2017) on weekdays. The bulletin is presented by Eva Milic (Monday – Wednesday) and Alison Ariotti (Thursday and Friday), sport is presented by Sam Squiers, Tom Mitchell or Wally Lewis and Garry Youngberry on weather.
Wally Lewis was the weekday sports presenter until December 2006, when following an on-air incident, it was publicly revealed he had epilepsy. He returned to presenting weeknight sport during the 2007/2008 summer period, and also files sports reports. Chris Bombolas was the weekend sports presenter who preceded Steve Haddan, before resigning to become a politician. John Schluter was the weather presenter until his resignation in September 2006, to join rival Seven News Brisbane as the weekday weather presenter; his departure indirectly resulted in Nine News Queensland losing its long-time ratings lead to Seven News Brisbane in 2007; it was not until 2013 that they would regain the ratings lead.
Mike London formerly presented alongside Heather Foord until he resigned in June 2003, following allegations that he had arrangements for a female fan to complain about weeknight presenter Bruce Paige, who was co-presenting with Jillian Whiting at the time. London had swapped roles with Paige in the mid 1990s following the latter's return to the Nine Network.
Paige and Foord presented on weekdays between 2004 and 2008. In December 2008, Foord announced that she would step down from presenting weeknights to spend more time with her family. Weekend news presenter Melissa Downes replaced her with Eva Milic and Andrew Lofthouse replacing Downes as weekend news presenters.
The Queensland bulletin was the last news program to date in Australia to use the dual-presenter format on weekends (when London was presenting with Foord), until the Perth bulletin revived it in early 2008.
2011 "Choppergate" incidentEdit
On the bulletins of Nine News Queensland aired on 20 and 21 August 2011, newsreader Eva Milic conducted two crosses, one on each night, to reporters Melissa Mallet and Cameron Price, respectively, in the station's helicopter which claimed to be "near Beerwah", where the remains of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe had been found earlier that month. The crosses were revealed to be fake when, on the second night, rival station Channel Seven filmed footage of the Nine helicopter sitting on the helipad outside their studios at Mount Coot-tha at the time of the broadcast. Radar footage also revealed that, on the first night, the helicopter was actually hovering over Chapel Hill, 70 km away from Beerwah. Both Mallet and Price, as well as news producer Aaron Wakeley, were sacked by the Nine Network following the incident, while news director Lee Anderson resigned in protest over the faked crossings. Despite the scandal, Nine experienced a spike in its 6:00 pm news ratings in the weeks that followed, managed to win more weeks than it did in the previous three years combined (winning seven of the 32 ratings weeks up to the first week of October), and recovered to reclaim its mantle as Queensland's most-watched news service by 2013.
Former news presentersEdit
- Don Seccombe (1962-1985)
- Brian Cahill
- Paul Griffin
- Melody Iliffe (nee Welsh)
- Bruce Paige (1985–1990, 1993–2009; Gold Coast News: 2012–present)
- Heather Foord (1988–2011)
- Mike London (1986–2003)
- Jillian Whiting (weekends, 1997–2001 and 2004–06, weeknights 2001–04)
- Darren Curtis (weekends, 2014–17)
- Alison Ariotti (weekends, 2014–17)
- Sophie Walsh (filled in for Alison Ariotti on weekends in the first half of 2016)
- Davina Smith (filled in for Eva Milic on weekends in the first half of 2012)
- Lisa Backhouse
Former sports presentersEdit
Former weather presentersEdit
Notable former reportersEdit
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