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TNQ is an Australian television station, licensed to, and serving the regional areas of Queensland. The station is owned and operated by Southern Cross Nine.

regional Queensland
SloganWe are the one
ChannelsAnalog: see table below
Digital: see table below
OwnerSouthern Cross Austereo
(Regional Television Pty Ltd)
First air date1 November 1962
Call letters' meaningTelecasters
Former affiliationsIndependent (1962-1990)
Nine Network (1990)
Network Ten (1990-2016)
Transmitter powersee table below
Heightsee table below
Transmitter coordinatessee table below



Southern Cross Nine in Queensland began in 1978 as North Queensland Television, a partnership between two regional stations:

  • TNQ-7 Townsville (launched on 1 November 1962)
  • FNQ-10 Cairns (launched on 7 September 1966)

In 1984 NQTV adopted a localised version of NBC's Just Watch Us Now theme and slogan, which had also been used by various metropolitan Seven Network stations the previous year. The station's The Place to Be slogan was used from the mid-1980s until 1993.

When aggregation was announced in the late 1980s, NQTV was planning to be the Nine Network affiliate for regional Queensland. NQTV had a write-in competition for their name and logo. The name QTV was chosen and because of the intended Nine affiliation, it adopted a logo with the Nine dots (similar to WIN and NBN's logos). Unfavourable viewer response forced the station to change logos within a few months. The station ran with a Nine-based identification package in the year leading up to aggregation.

However, the station faced a crisis in the days leading up to aggregation when WIN Television bought the Toowoomba and Rockhampton-based Star Television, and switched the affiliation from Ten to Nine, in line with WIN's NSW station. This meant that QTV had to change its logo and affiliation in a hurry. QTV picked up the vacant Ten affiliation, instead. The station originally broadcast a licence-wide one-hour news bulletin when Queensland was aggregated, but this was soon axed outside the North Queensland television market.

The station's owners, Telecasters North Queensland (later Telecasters Australia), joined the Ten Group Consortium in 1992–1993. This led to a change from QTV to Ten Queensland, and they began to use generic Ten branding.

In 2001, Telecasters was purchased by Southern Cross. In that same year, Ten Local News in North Queensland was axed (along with Ten Capital News in Canberra) and replaced with Ten News Brisbane – one of the many decisions which led to the local news inquiry by the ABA. In 2002, like the other Southern Cross-owned Ten affiliates, the station was rebranded to Southern Cross Ten.

On 1 July 2016, Southern Cross switched its primary affiliation from Network Ten to the Nine Network, TNQ's supposed affiliate for the region prior to aggregation. The Southern Cross Ten branding was retired and replaced by generic Nine branding.[1][2]

News & Current AffairsEdit

Judi Hogan hosting State Focus, a current affairs program broadcast in Queensland by TNQ.

From the 1970s to late 1990s, the station maintained regional news coverage through its 5:30pm half-hour local news bulletin and, later, its 6pm one-hour news bulletin. In addition from the late 1970s the station produced its own 30 minute, weekly current affairs program Newsweek[3] and focus, the first live TV debate of its kind in North Queensland[4]. Both programs were founded and produced by the NQTV News Director, Rick Anderton, in Townsville.[5][6] Newsweek aired weekly for more than 10 years and became one of Australia's longest running current affairs shows of its time, winning over 16 national Thorn EMI awards for its contribution to current affairs journalism in Australia.[7]

In the lead-up to aggregation, with NQTV (which soon after became QTV) gearing up to become the Nine Network affiliate, the look and feel of the news was changed to match that of National Nine News and became known as QTV News in 1990. However, this was short lived, as the station was instead left with Network Ten affiliation due to WIN Television purchasing a rival station which, in turn, took the Nine Network affiliation for the region. The look and feel of QTV News was subsequently changed to reflect that of Ten Eyewitness News and its name changed to QTV Eyewitness News.

When Queensland was first aggregated, QTV broadcast a licence-wide one hour bulletin but this was scaled back to north Queensland due to low ratings.

In 1993, the news service became Ten North Queensland News after the station was rebranded as Ten Queensland.

In January 2000, Ten Queensland revamped its news format in response to viewer demand for more local news. The 6pm news bulletin was reduced to 30 minutes and became a solely regional news bulletin with the introduction of Ten News Brisbane into North Queensland, and changed its name to Ten Local News to reflect the new format.

At the end of 2001, Ten Local News in North Queensland was finally axed by new owners Southern Cross Broadcasting due to cost-cutting measures.

As Southern Cross Ten, TNQ also produced its own public affairs programme, State Focus, tackling issues across the state.

Local news was reintroduced to the station in 2004 in the form of three-minute updates at various times of the day. The updates were produced by Southern Cross News and were branded as Southern Cross Ten Local News until the change of network affiliation to Nine in July 2016, when they were rebranded as "Local News Headlines".

TNQ broadcasts Nine News editions from Sydney and Brisbane (national and state) as well as A Current Affair and 60 Minutes. The new SC9 serves as the Nine News regional broadcaster to regional Queensland viewers, with the state level news provided by QTQ-9 in Brisbane.

The first of the new Nine News regional editions produced from Brisbane premiered for the Sunshine Coast viewers on 21 August 2017.

Main TransmittersEdit

Region served City Channels
First air date ERP
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Cairns, Innisfail and Mourilyan plus surrounding areas 2 Cairns 10 (VHF)3
6 (VHF)
7 September 1966 200 kW
50 kW
1177 m
1190 m
17°15′51″S 145°51′14″E / 17.26417°S 145.85389°E / -17.26417; 145.85389 Mount Bellenden Ker
Darling Downs Toowoomba 41 (UHF)3
40 (UHF)
31 December 1990 1300 kW
500 kW
515 m
520 m
26°53′28″S 151°36′18″E / 26.89111°S 151.60500°E / -26.89111; 151.60500 (analog)
26°53′27″S 151°36′21″E / 26.89083°S 151.60583°E / -26.89083; 151.60583 (digital)
Mount Mowbullan
Mackay Mackay 33 (UHF)3
32 (UHF)
31 December 1990 1300 kW
360 kW
612 m
630 m
21°1′56″S 148°56′36″E / 21.03222°S 148.94333°E / -21.03222; 148.94333 Mount Blackwood
Rockhampton Rockhampton 34 (UHF)3
36 (UHF)
31 December 1990 2000 kW
500 kW
523 m
523 m
23°43′48″S 150°32′9″E / 23.73000°S 150.53583°E / -23.73000; 150.53583 Mount Hopeful
Southern Downs Warwick 39 (UHF)3
52 (UHF)
31 December 1990 600 kW
500 kW
301 m
301 m
28°32′9″S 151°49′58″E / 28.53583°S 151.83278°E / -28.53583; 151.83278 Passchendaele Ridge
Townsville Townsville 7 (VHF)3
36 (UHF)
1 November 1962 200 kW
200 kW
612 m
655 m
19°20′34″S 146°46′56″E / 19.34278°S 146.78222°E / -19.34278; 146.78222 (analog)
19°20′36″S 146°46′50″E / 19.34333°S 146.78056°E / -19.34333; 146.78056 (digital)
Mount Stuart
Wide Bay Maryborough 33 (UHF)3
9 (VHF)
31 December 1990 1000 kW
60 kW
646 m
646 m
25°25′37″S 152°7′3″E / 25.42694°S 152.11750°E / -25.42694; 152.11750 Mount Goonaneman


  • 1. HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.
  • 2. The Cairns station was an independent station with the callsign FNQ from its 1966 sign-on until aggregation in 1990.
  • 3. Analogue transmissions ceased on 6 December 2011 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hayes, Alex (29 April 2016). "Nine Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo sign 'landmark' affiliate agreement". mUmBRELLA. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ White, Dominic (29 April 2016). "Nine and Southern Cross in multi-year affiliation deal". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ (1988/12/13). "Newsweek's 10th Birthday". The Townsville Bulletin.
  4. ^ (2010/01/30)."Waiting for the World". The Townsville Bulletin. Weekend Extra. page 46.
  5. ^ (1988/12/13). "Newsweek's 10th Birthday". The Townsville Bulletin.
  6. ^ (1988/02/14). "North's news force". Scene on TV. The Sunday Mail. page 3.
  7. ^ (1988/02/14). "North's news force". Scene on TV. The Sunday Mail. page 3.