- WIN Television
Infobox TV channel
name = WIN Television
logofile = WINTelevision.svg
logosize = 180px
logoalt = WIN logo
launch = 18 March 1962
picture format =
slogan = "We Heart TV"
web = [http://www.wintv.com.au/ wintv.com.au]
country = Flagicon|Australia Australia
broadcast area = Regional Queensland,
Southern New South Wales,
Australian Capital Territory,
Regional Victoria, Tasmania,
Eastern South Australia,
Regional Western Australia
terr serv 1 = Analogue
terr chan 1 = "Tuned to various frequencies"
terr serv 2 = SD Digital
terr chan 2 = Channel 8
terr serv 3 = HD Digital
terr chan 3 = Channel 80
cable serv 1 = TransTV Digital
cable chan 1 = Channel 9
cable serv 2 = NC Digital
cable chan 2 = Channel 9
sat serv 1 = Optus C1
sat chan 1 = Transponder 6
sat serv 2 = Optus D1
sat chan 2 = Transponder 3
sat serv 3 = Intelsat 2
sat chan 3 = Transponder 2
WIN Television is an Australian television network owned by the
WIN Corporationthat is based in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. WIN commenced transmissions on 18 March 1962 as a single Wollongong-only station, and has since expanded to 24 owned-and-operated stations with transmissions covering a larger geographical area of Australia than any other television network.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territoryand Tasmaniait is a Nine Networkaffiliate. In South Australiait is a Seven Networkaffiliate and in Western Australiait is an affiliate of both the Nine Networkand Network Ten.
The network's name, "WIN" is a reference to its original Wollongong station WIN-4, itself an acronym of Wollongong Illawarra New South Wales. Through its news division,
WIN News, WIN Television broadcasts a half-hour news service to twenty regional markets.
Television Wollongong Transmission Limited (TWT), was incorporated on 4 October 1955 by a group of local businessmen. Five years later, it was awarded a licence by the
Postmaster-General's Departmentbroadcast to the Illawarraand South Coast regions, over a number of other groups aligned to Sydney-based stations ATN-7and TCN-9. The new station was to broadcast on the VHF-4 frequency, using the callsign WIN (which stood for "Wollongong (and the) Illawarra Network" or alternatively "Wollongong Illawarra New (South Wales)", in line with other Australian callsigns). Soon after, a plot of land was purchased at Fort Drummond, approximately two kilometres south of the Wollongong central business district, for the station's television studios.
Prior to the opening night's transmissions, WIN-4 undertook a television conversion program, aimed at encouraging residents to acquire new tuning equipment and converting television sets in the area to receive the station's allocated frequency. A transmitter was to be erected on
Knight's Hill, however test transmissions were delayed due to rain.
1960s to the 1970s
WIN-4 commenced transmissions at 5:15 p.m. on 18 March 1962. The first night was met with a number of technical issues, most notably the complete loss of audio. cite news
title = Local TV on March 18
accessdate = 2007-08-17
date = 1962-03-01
Illawarra Mercury] TCN-9and ATN-7refused to sell programming to the station, leading to an unstable financial situation which, at its peak left the station with only 42 hours' programing. cite news
title = W'gong Television Station Deprived of Top Programmes
accessdate = 2007-08-17
date = 1962-03-09
In April 1963, Media Securities, owned by
Rupert Murdoch, acquired a controlling interest in the station and soon appointed a new general manager, Bill Lean. Both TCN-9and ATN-7began purchasing several hours of first-run American television programming from WIN-4, following contractual arrangements signed by Murdoch. Throughout this period WIN-4 expanded its repeater transmissions to include Moruya, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Bega and Eden. Local programming and the station's near-monopoly in the area meant that by 1973, viewership had increased to occupy 63 percent of the audience.
Murdoch sold the station in 1979 to the head of Paramount Pictures' international distribution arm,
Bruce Gordon, in order to purchase controlling interests in capital city stations TEN-10 Sydneyand ATV-0 Melbourne.
1980s to the 1990s
During this period, WIN expanded to include new stations in Victoria,
Queensland, and New South Wales. In 1984, WIN became the first regional television station to transmit in stereophonic sound. [cite news |title= WIN boasts list of firsts | accessdate = 2007-08-18 |date= 1989-03-31 |publisher= Illawarra Mercury] Close links between WIN Television and the Nine Network, ensured it the Nine Network affiliation for southern New South Waleswhen aggregation took place in 1989. The changes meant that WIN expanded into the rest of southern New South Wales, launching new stations in Canberra, Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga, amongst others in 1989, and at the same time acquiring new facilities in Orange, Wagga and Canberra. It also provided the network with two additional competitors, The Prime Network and Capital Television.
In 1990 WIN purchased
Queenslandstation Star TV, shortly before regional Queensland was to be aggregated. The new station was set to become a Network Tenaffiliate, however WIN's links with the Nine Networkcaused the Nine affiliation to move from QTV, which itself became affiliated to Ten. ENT Limited, a Launceston-based company that owned a number of television and radio stations in regional Victoria and Tasmania, was bought in 1994. [cite paper
author = Tanner, Stephen
title = The Rise and Fall of Edmund Rouse
University of Queensland
date = 1995
url = http://eprint.uq.edu.au/archive/00000280/01/tanner95.pdf
accessdate = 2007-08-19 ] Vic Television and TasTV were, as a result, incorporated into the WIN network and subsequently renamed WIN Television. The network further expanded to Griffith in 1998, when WIN purchased MTN-9 Griffith and its supplementary station AMN-31 from its local owners. Although station had previously been part of the Prime Television network, MTN already had links with WIN and took its feed from the network's Wollongong base.
WIN became regional
Western Australia's second commercial television network on 26 March 1999. cite news
title = WIN TV: A new rural view
work = The West Magazine
pages = 51
date = 1999-03-20
url = http://www.thewest.com.au/
accessdate = 2007-08-19 ] Prior to the launch of the new station, GWN held a commercial monopoly on the market. GWN became an affiliate of the
Seven Network, while WIN took a combination of Nine Network and Network Ten programming. Despite the Nine Network's traditional ratings dominance throughout most of the country, GWN has remained the market's most-watched station.cite web
url = http://www.afc.gov.au/gtp/wftvratingstrends.html
title = Trends in audience share
accessdate = 2007-08-18
Australian Film Commission] The second ratings survey of 2006 placed WIN Television with a 34.7% commercial audience share in prime time, compared to the Golden West Network with 65.3%. [cite press release
title = 7 Years on and GWN is still at the top!
Prime Television Limited
url = http://www.gwn.com.au/files/1/33/87/46/47/PRIMERELEASEGWNResults2006.pdf
accessdate = 2007-01-16]
In the same year, WIN purchased two stations in
South Australia, SES-8 in Mount Gambier and RTS-5a in the Riverlandregion. They became known as "WIN South Australia" and until recently featured news bulletins presented from studios at both stations (bulletins are now presented from the set of studios in Mount Gambier). In 2002 supplementary licences were granted under Section 38Aof the Broadcasting Services Act, allowing the network to launch additional channels, using the callsigns "MGS" in Mount Gambier and "LRS" in the Riverland, and known as "WIN Ten".cite web
url = http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/1001/pc=PC_91167
title = ABA determines simulcast start dates for regional digital TV services
accessdate = 2007-08-18
date = 2001-07-21
Australian Communications and Media Authority]
WIN Television began to introduce digital television soon after it became available to metropolitan areas in January, 2001. Under
Section 38Aof the "Broadcasting Services Act", the network has been able to introduce, in partnership with other stations, additional digital-only Network Tenaffiliates. These have included Tasmanian Digital Television, launched in late 2003 in partnership with Southern Cross Broadcasting, and Mildura Digital Televisionin January 2006, with Prime Television Limited.
On 30 May 2007,
Southern Cross Broadcastingannounced its sale of NWSto the WIN Corporationfor AU$105 million. Similarly, STWPerth, owned by Sunraysia Televisionand affiliated to the Nine Network, was purchased on 8 June 2007, when the station was sold to WIN Television's parent company, WIN Corporation, for AU$163.1 million. [ cite web
url = http://www.theage.com.au/news/Business/Sunraysia-favours-Ch-9-Perth-sale-to-WIN/2007/06/08/1181089303443.html
title = WIN buys Channel 9 Adelaide
accessdate = 2007-06-08
date = 2007-06-08
Despite the station's ownership of Nine Perth, WIN in Western Australia broadcast Ten News Perth, produced for and shown on rival station Ten Perth up until 27 August 2007. Preceding this in June, 2007, the network announced their intention to show National Nine News. [cite news | author = Klinger, Peter | title = Poor state of Perth 9 shocks new owner | work =
The West Australian| accessdate = 2007-06-21 | date = 2007-06-21]
A conflict between WIN and its long-time metropolitan counterpart the
Nine Networkarose in mid-2007. PBL Media, Nine's parent company, requested up to 40% of the network's advertising revenue in return for program supply. WIN's owner, WIN Corporationrejected this offer, expecting to pay only 29% (a 3% decrease from the previous contract and in line with many of the network's competitors, such as Prime Televisionand Southern Cross Ten). [ cite web
url = http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/pbl-talks-with-gordon-on-regional-tv-close-to-collapse/2007/08/10/1186530616318.html
title = PBL talks with Gordon on regional TV close to collapse
accessdate = 2007-08-16
date = 2007-08-11
The Sydney Morning Herald] The network's owner, Bruce Gordon, subsequently threatened to sever the network's affiliation after negotiations stagnated, stating that his previous position at the Paramount Pictures Corporation meant he could program the network independently. [ cite web
url = http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/win-boss-threatens-to-sever-nine-link/2007/08/05/1186252546392.html
title = WIN boss threatens to sever Nine link
accessdate = 2007-08-16
date = 2007-08-06
The Sydney Morning Herald] On 16 August 2007 WIN Television dropped key Nine Network programs from its daytime televisionschedule, including " Mornings with Kerri-Anne" and "". cite web
url = http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22251563-30540,00.html
title = War as WIN junks key Nine shows
accessdate = 2007-08-16
date = 2007-08-16
The Australian] An affiliation deal with the Seven Networkwas announced on 4 September 2007, for the network's eastern South Australian stations in Mount Gambierand the Riverland. The new program schedule is a mixture of Seven and WIN programming and commenced broadcasting on 1 October 2007. [ cite web | url=http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22364267-7582,00.html
title = WIN turns to Seven
accessdate = 2007-09-05
date = 2007-09-05
WIN Television is a sole
Nine Networkaffiliate in most broadcast areas, with Network Tenaffiliation in regional Western Australia(combined with a predominant Nine Networkaffiliation), and Seven Networkaffiliation in eastern South Australia. WIN Television has always produced local programming, including the flagship local news service "WIN News", that supplement programs sourced from affiliates.
Since inception the network has produced and broadcast notable programs including "Sportsview" and "Sportsworld", a review of international, national and local sporting events. From the first week of transmissions
children's television series"The Channel 4 Club" was produced, with children's television program"Stopwatch" beginning in 1979. English-language educational programme "You Say the Word" began in 1971, catering to non-English-speaking immigrants. Short-lived cooking show"Variety Italian Style" premiered in 1972, with Malcom Elliott initially hosting the long-running " Tonight Show" in 1981 being replaced by John Tingle years later. To commemorate WIN Television's 21st year of broadcasting, a one-and-half-hour retrospective montage special was produced in 1983. WIN Television also co-produced telemovie "Last Chance" in 1986 with a Canadian television production company. Spanning close to a decade, children's television series " Goodsports" was produced by WIN Television from 1991 to 2000.
WIN Television's current Australian programming productions consists of television shows including; "Susie", "
Destinations", and " Fishing Australia". On 17 May 2007, WIN Television announced a new midday program called "Susie", however this was subsequently moved to a morning timeslot. [ cite web
url = http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/enews/susie-170507.html
title = WIN Television to produce new regional daytime program 'Susie'
accessdate = 2007-05-17
date = 2005-05-17
work = WIN Television
publisher = ebroadcast.com.au ] WIN Television also broadcasts a range of exclusive overseas and domestically sourced programming including "
The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and " Alive and Cooking".
News & Current Affairs
WIN Newsis the network's local news service. Nineteen regional bulletins are presented from studios in Wollongong, Canberra, Ballarat, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Mount Gambier, Hobartand Perth, [ cite web
title = WIN Television Increases News Production Capability
url = http://www.grassvalley.com/news/2007/20070205-WIN-TV_-IgniteHD-.html
accessdate = 2008-03-02
WIN Corporation] in addition to " National Nine News" bulletins presented and produced from the network's metropolitan stations, STWin Perth, Western Australiaand NWSin Adelaide. cite web
url = http://archive.dcita.gov.au/2005/04/issue_8/local_content_on_regional_tv
title = Local content on regional TV
accessdate = 2007-08-19
date = 2007-04-11
work = Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts ] Although in most areas it is the only local news bulletin, in some markets it may compete with "Prime News", "Seven Local News", "GWN News", or "Southern Cross Nightly News".
WIN has produced independent news reports and bulletins since 1962 for its original
Wollongongstation. As well as the flagship nightly bulletin, WIN Television has in the past produced current affairs programming including community affairs program "Roving Eye", and "Sunday Review", a weekly review of international, national and local stories. cite web
url = http://www-library.uow.edu.au/archives/collections/d75.html
title = WIN4 Company Records and News Film
accessdate = 2007-08-18
date = 2007-07-10
University of Wollongong]
WIN Television simulcasts in analogue and standard definition in all areas except
Western Australiawhere only analogue transmissions are currently available. cite web
title = About WIN Corporation
url = http://wintv.com.au/about.php
accessdate = 2007-06-05
WIN Corporation] Free-to-airtransmissions are available from both terrestrial transmitters in major regional centres, and satellite transmissions across remote and regional Western Australia on the free-to-viewOptus Aurora platform. Subscription cable is also provided by TransACTin the Australian Capital Territory, and Neighbourhood Cablein Ballarat and Mildura. [ cite web
url = http://www.transact.com.au/television/channels.aspx
title = TransTV Channel Lineup
accessdate = 2007-08-19
TransACT] [ cite web
url = http://www.ncable.net.au/_site/products.asp?cat=4
title = Neighbourhood Cable Channel Lineup
accessdate = 2007-08-19
WIN broadcasts to a larger geographical area than any other
television network, in the world, through owned-and-operated stations including RTQQueensland, WIN Southern New South Wales, VTV Victoria, TVT Tasmania, MTN Griffith, STV Mildura, SES Mount Gambier, RTS Riverland, and WOW Western Australia. NWSAdelaide and STWPerth, both owned by WIN Corporation, follow a schedule similar to that of the network's regional stations.
The original WIN Television logo was used by the station until 1980, featuring the word "WIN TV", derived from the station's call sign. In 1980, the logo was updated with the "TV" removed, and the "WIN" placed inside a blue rectange. Coinciding with the network's aggregation in 1989, WIN added nine dots into a new logo designed similarly to the
Nine Network, and also began using Nine's on-air promotion, with the WIN logo replacing Nine's. In 1998, the dots were changed to spheres.cite web
title= WIN Television History
author= Brooklyn Ross-Hulands
Three-dimensions were added to the letters WIN in 2002, coinciding with a revamp of the network's on-air identity, concurrently with Nine Network. On 30 January 2006, the station relaunched its logo to coincide with the Nine Network's fiftieth year of broadcasting. The new logo designed by Bruce Dunlop Associates saw the removal of the nine dots, with a blue rectangle added to behind the letters WIN. Following this in 2008, blue rectangle was removed from the logo. WIN, however, did not follow the Nine Network in reviving the nine dots. [ cite web
url = http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv--radio/mission-incredible/2007/11/28/1196036963957.html
title = Mission incredible
accessdate = 2007-11-29
* [http://www.wintv.com.au Official Site]
* [http://www.wintv.com.au/about.php Corporate Site]
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