NWS (TV station)

NWS (TV station)
Channel Nine logo.png
Adelaide, South Australia
Branding Nine
Slogan Welcome Home
Channels Analog: 9 (VHF)
Digital: 8 (VHF)
Affiliations Nine
Network Nine
Owner WIN Corporation Pty Ltd
(Channel 9 South Australia Pty Ltd)
First air date 5 September 1959
Call letters' meaning The NeWs South Australia
Transmitter power 200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height 505 m (both)[1]
Transmitter coordinates 34°58′57″S 138°42′30″E / 34.9825°S 138.70833°E / -34.9825; 138.70833
Website www.nws9.com.au

NWS is an Australian television station owned by the WIN Corporation which is based in Adelaide, Australia. The station's name, NWS is an acronym of The NeWs South Australia.




NWS-9 began broadcasting on 5 September 1959. NWS-9 was the first television station broadcasting in Adelaide. NWS-9 studios is located at Tynte Street, North Adelaide. The station was owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owned The News newspaper. Popular shows produced in the past at NWS-9 include the variety show Adelaide Tonight, science show The Curiosity Show, The Country and Western Hour, children's show Channel Niners, Here's Humphrey and The Breakfast a Go Go.

NBN Limited (1981)[2]
Entity Share
Lamb Family 35.02%
Wasley Family 30.14%
Hadjoin Pty Ltd 19.88%
Others 14.96%

In early 1980, NBN Limited purchased Southern Television Corporation Limited, owners of NWS, for A$19 million.[2] In 1981, Hadjoin Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of Parry's Esplanade Limited (later Parry Corporation), purchased 19.88% of NBN Limited for A$6.7 million.[2]

Following this, Parry then attempted to buy Wasley's stake in NBN, but was blocked by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. It was later revealed that the Lambs had opposed NBN's purchase of the Star newspaper and the attempt to buy 2HD. The company also faced possible suspension from the Australian Stock Exchange if a decision wasn't made soon. In order to resolve the tension, NBN sold NWS to the Lambs in exchange for the majority stake in NBN in 1982.


On 30 May 2007, Southern Cross Broadcasting announced its sale of NWS-9 to the WIN Corporation for $105 million.[3] The WIN Corporation gained control of the station on 1 July 2007.


Some Adelaide-produced shows today Postcards, Out of the Blue, Garden Gurus SA, Building Ideas,Feeling Good and Out of the Ordinary.

News and Current Affairs

Nine News Adelaide is produced from NWS's news studios and presented by Michael Smyth and Kate Collins with Kym Dillon presenting sport. Brenton Ragless is the weather presenter.

Georgina McGuinness is the weekend presenter for the Adelaide news service and Troy Gray presents sport.

From 1988 to 2007 the bulletin was presented by Rob Kelvin and the late Kevin Crease. This was one of the longest serving news duos in Australia.

Throughout the 1990s, Deanna Williams was the main fill-in presenter and state political reporter.

Following her resignation in March 2002, either Kelvin or Crease would fill in for McGuinness on weekends, but in 2005 the situation arose where all three presenters were unavailable, and then weekend sports presenter Mark Bickley had to read the news.

Ali Carle from Triple M Adelaide occasionally presents weather alongside her sport reporting duties.

In late 2008, NWS-9 launched its own local version of the station's flagship current affairs program, A Current Affair, hosted by Adelaide journalist Kate Collins. This was later axed on 25 November 2009 due to the economic crisis.[4]

On 26 November 2009, one day after the axing of the local A Current Affair was announced, Kelly Nestor announced live on air that her contract as Kelvin's weeknight co-anchor with was not going to be renewed in 2010 and she would finish on 18 December 2009.[5]

On 22 February 2010, it was announced that senior reporter Michael Smyth would be joining Rob Kelvin at the newsdesk.

On 31 October 2010, Rob Kelvin announced that he would retire from the newsdesk after 32 years on the air. Kelvin announced that he would present his last bulletin on 31 December 2010 after anchoring the news since 1983. News director, Tony Argas announced that Kelvin would continue to present the occasional special report and fill-in a few times a year when presenter are away.

It was announced that Kate Collins would replace Kelvin and join Michael Smyth at the newsdesk

Presenters and Reporters

Main presenters

Sports presenters

  • Kym Dillon (Monday - Thursday, 1991–present)
  • Troy Gray (Friday - Sunday, 2008–present)

Weather presenter

  • Brenton Ragless (Weeknights, 2008–present)

News Reporters

  • Chris Salter
  • Andrew Montesi
  • Will McDonald
  • Corey Norris
  • Joel Dry
  • Tom Hicks
  • Selga Berzins
  • Caroline Winter
  • Virginia Langeberg
  • Tom Richardson
  • Ali Carle

Notable Presenters

  • Caroline Ainslie- Weeknight Presenter, 1977-1987 (Now Retired)
  • Sue Baron- Meteorologist, 1970's (Moved to ADS-7, later ADS-10 in 1980's as News Presenter. Now Retired)
  • Mark Bickley- Weekend Sports, 2004-2009 (Now assistant coach at Adelaide
  • James Brayshaw- Sports Reporter, 2002 (Now commentator and host of The AFL Footy Show for the Nine Network)
  • Nona Burden- Presenter/Reporter, 1970's-1980's
  • Roger Cardwell- Weeknight Presenter, 1974-1983 (Now Retired)
  • Kevin Crease- Weeknight Presenter, 1960's-1974 and 1987-2007 (Deceased)
  • Steve Cropper- Presenter/Reporter, 1980's
  • K. G. Cunningham- Weekend Sports Presenter, 1980's-2003 (Now with SAS-7)
  • Tony Curtis- Presenter/Reporter, 1970's-1980's
  • John Doherty- Presenter, 1959-1960's (Now Retired)
  • Sue Ellbourne- Weather, 1970's
  • Sue Garrard- Presenter/Reporter 1980's
  • Clive Hale- Presenter, 1970's (Went on to become national anchor for the ABC, now deceased.)
  • Keith Martyn- Weather, 1996-2007 (Retired to Victoria)
  • Xavier Minniecon - Weekend Weather, 1997–2011
  • Ray McGhee- Senior Reporter, 1979-2007 (Owns Mortgage Broker business and running as Independent candidate in the Australian federal election, 2010 in the seat of Boothby)
  • Kelly Nestor- Weeknight Presenter, 2007-2009 (Now with AdelaideNOW)
  • Barry Pitman- Weather, 1981–1996
  • John Riddell- Weekend Presenter/Senior Reporter, 1981-1989 (Now Chief Presenter at SAS-7)
  • Rob Kelvin - Weekday Presenter, 1979–2010
  • Jessica Rich- Presenter,Reporter, 2001-2004 (Now reporter at TCN-9 Sydney)
  • Peter Sellen- Presenter/Reporter, 1970's-1980 (Now presenter/reporter at ADS-10)
  • Deanna Williams- Presenter/Senior Reporter/State Political Reporter, 1990-2002 (Now Senior Reporter at SAS-7)
  • Anne Wills- Weather, 1960's (Moved on to other networks hosting various programs. Became known as Ms Adelaide. Now Retired)

News Bulletin Titles

  • NWS-9 News, Sport and Weather (1959–1965)
  • Channel 9 News (1960's-early 1970s)
  • National Nine News (early 1970s, 1976–1980, 1987–2008)
  • Nine Eyewitness News (1974–1976)
  • Nine Action News (1981–1986)
  • Nine News (2008-)


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ a b c "Annual Report" (Press release). NBN Limited. 1980. 
  3. ^ "WIN buys Channel 9 Adelaide". AAP. theage.com.au. 2007-05-30. http://www.theage.com.au/news/Business/Southern-Cross-sells-Ch9-Adelaide-to-WIN/2007/05/30/1180205288805.html. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  4. ^ "A Current Affair gets the chop". The Advertiser (News Limited). 25 November 2009. http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26399386-5012985,00.html. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Harvy, Ben; Helene Sobolewski, Paul Starick (27 November 2009). "Channel Nine wrong to sack newsreader Kelly Nestor". The Advertiser (News Limited). http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26405087-2682,00.html?from=public_rss. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

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