Seven (Southern Cross Austereo)

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Broadcast area Tasmania, Darwin, Spencer Gulf SA, Broken Hill NSW, Eastern Australia, Central Australia
Affiliates Seven Network
Network Ten (Spencer Gulf SA and Broken Hill NSW)
Slogan Only on 7
HeadquartersCanberra, ACT
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV) 16:9 (except Remote Central & Eastern)
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
Launched9 December 1961;59 years ago (1961-12-09)
Former namesTNT-9 (Tasmania, 1980–1985)
Southern Cross Network (Tasmania, 1989–1994)
Southern Cross Television (Tasmania, 1994–2018)
Freeview SCA owned (virtual)6/7
Freeview SCA owned (Tasmania) (virtual)6/61
Freeview SCA 7HD (Tasmania) (virtual)60
Freeview SCA 7HD (Darwin) (virtual)70
Optus C1 Transponder 6
Optus D1 Transponder 15

Seven Regional is an Australian television network owned by Southern Cross Austereo that is available in Tasmania, Darwin, Spencer Gulf, Broken Hill and Remote Australia (Eastern and Central). The network is the primary affiliate of the Seven Network in the areas it serves.




The Southern Cross brand was first used in 1982 by a small network of three stations in regional Victoria. The then Victorian Broadcasting Network comprised GLV-8 Gippsland, BCV-8 Bendigo, and STV-8 Mildura. [1]

GLV was the first regional television station in the country, launched on 9 December 1961. [1] BCV-8 launched in the same year, on 23 December, while STV followed four years later, on 27 November 1965. [1] GLV-10 moved to VHF-8 in 1980, when Melbourne commercial station ATV-0 moved to VHF-10 [1] The network rebranded in 1982 as Southern Cross TV8, but later changed its name in 1989 to the Southern Cross Network. [1] Soon after this, STV-8 left the network after it was bought by businessman Alan Bond, and eventually sold on to ENT Limited (owners of Television Victoria and Tas TV). [1] [2] This network began as a "cherry picking" network, taking programs from all three metropolitan commercial networks at the time. At aggregation, it became an affiliate of Network Ten.

1960s to the 1970s

Tasmanian television station TNT-9 commenced broadcasting at 5:57 pm on 26 May 1962. Fred Archer was the first person to appear on the station, during its first five hours of transmission. On the opening night the station was officially inaugurated by Lord Rowallan, the Governor of Tasmania. The Mickey Mouse Club was the first programme to be broadcast, and advertisements included: Abbott's cordial, Hydro, Launceston Bank for Savings, Peters Ice Cream, Hicks Atkinson and the Saturday Evening Express.

GTS/BKN began transmissions as a solus commercial television service by Spencer Gulf Telecasters in the upper Spencer Gulf in 1968, with Port Lincoln and Broken Hill commencing in 1970 and 1974 respectively[ citation needed ].

1980s to the 1990s

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TNT-9’s customised Nine Network logo before Southern Cross acquired it

On 13 May 1989[ citation needed ], TNT-9 was sold by ENT Ltd. to Southern Cross Broadcasting and was integrated into the Southern Cross network.

Tasmania was aggregated on 30 April 1994, albeit with only two stations – Southern Cross became a dual Seven and Ten affiliate, while TAS TV took programming from the Nine Network. Both stations commenced statewide transmission from this time.

Remote Central and Eastern Australia were the final areas to be aggregated – one of the largest geographical licence areas, taking in parts of the Northern Territory, western Queensland, and other areas in which terrestrial television signals cannot be received. Stations broadcast to this area mainly through satellite or re-transmission stations. Imparja Television, based in Alice Springs, became a dual Nine and Ten affiliate, while Seven Central became a Seven affiliate.

2000s and 2010s

Southern Cross Broadcasting purchased Spencer Gulf Telecasters in April 2002. In 2002, Southern Cross Broadcasting and WIN Corporation joined forces to create Tasmanian Digital Television, which launched in late 2003. TDT was a sole Network Ten affiliate. Southern Cross operates the transmission of the station.

In 2003, Seven Darwin and Seven Central were purchased by Southern Cross Broadcasting, retaining their sole Seven Network affiliation. On 31 December 2003, Network Ten programming was broadcast for the first time to the Upper Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill broadcast areas via SGS/SCN. In May 2005, the service was integrated into the Southern Cross network.

On 3 December 2004, presentation was centralised to Southern Cross Broadcasting's play-out centre in Canberra. In May 2005, the service in Darwin was integrated into the Southern Cross network, losing its generic Seven on-air presentation. This coincided with Southern Cross Darwin commencing dual affiliations with both Seven Network and Network Ten programming.

In 2007, a joint venture station owned by Southern Cross Broadcasting and PBL Media, the owners of NTD-8 Darwin, was announced. [3] The station, named Darwin Digital Television, began broadcasting on 28 April 2008. [4] It is a digital-only Network Ten affiliate, similar to other digital only joint venture channels introduced in Australia.

On 3 July 2007 Southern Cross Television's parent company, Southern Cross Broadcasting, recommended Macquarie Media Group's offer of A$1.35 billion, for a takeover of the corporation. [5] On 5 November 2007, the network was officially purchased by the Macquarie Media Group. [6]

In early 2009, Southern Cross Tasmania dropped all of its remaining Network Ten programming, except for AFL telecasts, as it has gradually dropped other programming since 2004 when TDT was launched, which broadcast all Network Ten programming. It is now affiliated only with Seven and broadcasts all of its programming.

On 14 March 2017, a HD simulcast was announced for launch on 22 March 2017, specifically for the Tasmanian station.

From 1 July 2018, all local branding was phased out on all of the company's Seven-affiliated stations in favour of a generic Seven Network branding. Though news services offered by Southern Cross were also scheduled to be rebranded as Seven News on this date, [7] [8] the rebrand has been delayed until further notice, citing concerns from Seven about using their news brand but not under their editorial control. [9] On 3 December 2018, the Tasmanian station's news bulletin changed its title to Nightly News, followed on 14 January 2019 by GTS/BKN's bulletin.


As the following stations are affiliate broadcasters of the Seven Network the following Seven News national programs are aired on these stations:

For regional news, TNT in Tasmania have their daily bulletins produced from the station's Launceston studios, while the local news bulletins on GTS/BKN serving the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill areas, as well as shared news summaries broadcast on ITQ/QQQ serving remote areas and TND in Darwin, have their programs produced from Southern Cross Austereo's studio in Hobart.


Local programming

Although, in the past, various birthday specials, telethons and locally produced TV shows have been aired. Quiz Quest (children's game show), The Saturday Night Show (variety), Down The Line (morning talk/local events), Targa Tasmania (annually), The Saturday Morning Fun Show (kids), Tasmanian New Faces (talent), Launceston Cup (OB) and so on.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Hook, Line and Sinker is a fishing show hosted by former news journalists Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan.

Renovation Relief

Renovation Relief is a DIY program hosted by famous wood-chopper David Foster in which he and a team of people from sponsors (i.e. Gunns) renovate a house, most commonly for people who have done something for the community or have disabled children. Renovation Relief is not airing at this time.

Targa Tasmania

For the two weeks in which Targa Tasmania runs, each night Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan share the events of the day in Targa Torque, this usually airs at around 10.30 pm.

Holiday at Home

Holiday at Home is a lifestyle programme which promotes places to stay at and things to do in Tasmania.

Discover Tasmania

This show was produced by Southern Cross but was hosted by Seven Network personalities Ed Halmagyi and Tim Campbell and a mention was made about the Seven Network broadcast centre model in the village of Lower Crackpot in the Tasmazia maze complex. It is similar to Holiday at Home except featured more famous attractions and was arguably better quality television. The second season saw Tim Campbell being replaced by Jack Campbell as host because Tim Campbell had moved to the Nine Network.

Homes of Tasmania

Homes of Tasmania is screened each year showcasing the year's award-winning homes. It is hosted by Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart, like Hook Line and Sinker.

Going Bush

This was the third show hosted by Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart. It was a five-part series screening on Sunday mornings and later afternoons, about Tasmanian bushland and related topics, and co-produced with Forestry Tasmania. There have been two seasons.

Burnie Ten – Ten Week Challenge

For the ten weeks leading up to the Burnie Ten Mark Connelly trains a group of people in a program sponsored by Southern Cross. Each week there are updates given during ad-breaks. In the early years of the programme, people who took part were well known in Tasmania. However, in 2006 a Launceston family were trained to run the event.


Southern Cross Community Connect

A service provided to the community to promote community based events.

The Scope

A service that informs the viewer what is on in the area.

AFL NT Live Coverage

Seven Darwin broadcasts live coverage of the AFL NT season on sister channel 7TWO on weekends.


Southern Cross-owned Seven affiliates are available in standard definition digital format. The network is available primarily through free-to-air terrestrial transmitters, with satellite transmissions available in Remote Central and Eastern Australia. The network's owned-and-operated stations include, TNT Tasmania, TND Darwin, GTS Spencer Gulf, BKN Broken Hill, ITQ Mount Isa, and QQQ Central Australia.

High definition

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Southern Cross HD's logo

Southern Cross launched a high definition simulcast of its main channel via TNT Tasmania in June 2009 on digital channel 60, following a period of looped HD test broadcasts. TND Darwin also provided a high definition simulcast of its main channel, on digital channel 70. Both services were replaced by 7mate on each station's respective HD channel when it launched in all Southern Cross areas on 24 October 2010; the launch of 7mate was delayed due to technical difficulties and the use of HD for coverage of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. [10] [11]

In March 2017, Southern Cross announced that it would be launching a high definition simulcast of its main channel, Southern Cross HD in Tasmania on digital channel 60, in time for the first match of the 2017 AFL season later that month. [12] Although SCHD launched in Tasmania on 22 March 2017 (whilst downgrading 7mate to standard definition on digital channel 63), it only began broadcasting Channel 7 programming in native high definition from 19 June 2018. [13]

On 26 November 2018, the HD service launched in Darwin. [14]


Southern Cross's first networked logo produced and used across its regional stations, featured a blue rounded square with the Southern Cross constellation in white. [15] This logo was used on TNT and GLV/BCV until 1993, when GLV/BCV adopted an original logo. TNT retained the logo until 2000, when a new logo was introduced featuring an orange Tasmanian tiger above the word Southern Cross. [15] In 2005, a new logo was produced and used across the network, this time to a blue and red star. This logo has been used since, and was launched concurrently with similarly designed logos across Southern Cross's television assets. [15] The Seven Network brand has partially appeared through the later years and the stations were fully rebranded to a full generic network branding on 1 July 2018.

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