TND is a television station in Darwin, Northern Territory. The station, launched in 1998 as Seven Darwin and broadcasting to the greater Darwin region, serves around 100,000 people and is owned by Southern Cross Austereo. Its main competitor is Darwin's highest rating broadcaster, the Nine Network station, Nine Darwin (formerly 'Channel 8').
|Darwin, Northern Territory|
|Channels||Digital: 32 (UHF)|
|Owner||Nine Entertainment Co|
(Regional Television Pty Limited)
|First air date||27 March 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 34 (UHF) (1998-2013)|
|Former affiliations||Ten (secondary, 2005-2008)|
|Transmitter power||150 kW (analog)|
85 kW (digital)
|Height||147 m (both)|
As Seven Darwin, TND-34 existed as essentially a re-broadcast of SCB's remote Australia satellite service Seven Central, apart from localised adverts, inserted at SCB's playout centre in Townsville, Queensland, and delivered to Darwin via Optus Transcontinental Fibre Optic cable. The station also carries Seven News Brisbane bulletins from BTQ.
Since 2008, the station holds affiliations with the Seven Network, after the Ten affiliation relinquished by NTD-8 as it became Nine Darwin. At this time, Seven Darwin changed its name to Southern Cross Darwin.
Like its Tasmanian and Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill sister stations, the Seven Network affiliation remains the primary one. The Network Ten affiliation is, in time, expected to be dropped from Southern Cross Darwin and given to a digital-only third channel (such as those found in Tasmania and Mildura), as proposed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Despite the change in name and affiliation of TND-34, Seven Central remained as a fully Seven Network-aligned service for remote Australia. Since 2008, Seven Central has carried a small amount of Ten Sport programming, in response to rival broadcaster Imparja Television dropping its Network Ten licence early in the year.
In 2008, Southern Cross Darwin ceased broadcasting its last Ten content, it was moved to Darwin Digital Television. The station has carried a sole Seven affiliate, on relay from Melbourne instead of Brisbane or Adelaide, despite time zone differences between Northern Territory and Victoria.
On 1 July 2018, local branding on all of Southern Cross' Seven-affiliated stations was phased out to be replaced by generic Seven Network branding. Consequently, Southern Cross Darwin became Seven Darwin, the station's original identity that had not been in use for the past ten years.
Seven Darwin has the rights to broadcast AFL NT matches on their sister channel 7TWO during the AFL Season. The matches usually air on weekends as daytime viewing.
7HD launched on 26 November 2018.
Under previous owners, a local Seven News bulletin for Darwin and Central Australia was produced until 2000. Separate news update services for Darwin were introduced in 2005 before being merged with updates for remote Australia into one service in 2013. The shared three-minute short news updates throughout the day are broadcast on ITQ/QQQ serving remote areas and TND in Darwin, presented from Southern Cross Austereo's studio in Canberra.
- HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- Australian Communications and Media Authority (2005-12-23). ACMA sets a designated time for a third commercial television service in Darwin. Retrieved 2006-01-28.
- Mayfield, Louis (8 June 2018). "Southern becomes Seven". Whyalla News. Whyalla. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- Kinniburgh, Chanel (9 June 2018). "Southern Cross Television rebadged from next month". The Mercury. Hobart. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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