ABV (TV station)

ABV is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Melbourne, Victoria. The station began broadcasting on 19 November 1956 and is transmitted throughout the state via a network of relay transmitters. ABV was the second television station founded in Victoria after the first, HSV-7, which opened two weeks earlier, on 4 November. The studios are located in Southbank (although formerly in Elsternwick) with the transmitter at Mount Dandenong.

Melbourne, Victoria
BrandingABC TV
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 2
AffiliationsABC Television
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date19 November 1956 (1956-11-19)
Call letters' meaningABC Victoria
Former channel number(s)2 (VHF) (Analog, 1956–2013)
Transmitter power200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height507 m (analog)
534 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates37°50′6″S 145°20′54″E


Local programming

ABV follows a schedule nearly identical to that of other statewide ABC Television stations, allowing for time differences and some local programming – including news, current affairs, sport and state election coverage.

ABC News Victoria is presented by Tamara Oudyn from Monday to Thursday and Mary Gearin from Friday to Sunday. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate weather forecasts presented by Paul Higgins as well as a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler.

Paul Higgins and James Hancock are the fill in presenters for the bulletin.

ABV also carried live coverage of Victorian Football League matches on Saturday afternoons during the season until 2015 and the finals of the TAC Cup.

  • Former sports presenter Angela Pippos resigned in October 2007 after being demoted as weeknight sports presenter to weekend presenter in 2004 to make way for Peter Wilkins. It was documented in the press that Pippos had some run-ins with senior management over this issue and the timing of her departure, which came after she was approached by Victorian premier John Brumby to run as a candidate in the Williamstown by-election, caused by the resignation of former premier Steve Bracks. Pippos was suspended for one week while she made her decision not to stand, but resigned just weeks later.
  • In 2008, ABC News Victoria won one week in the 2008 television ratings season, and tied in another week with Seven News Melbourne.

Networked programming from ABV2

Past programming


Past programming produced at ABV-2 included Corinne Kerby's Let's Make a Date, the popular children's fantasy Adventure Island, the multi-award-winning miniseries Power Without Glory, entertainment show The Big Gig and the iconic youth music program Countdown.

Early efforts by the station included Variety View (1958–1959), Melbourne Magazine (1957), Sweet and Low (1959) and Melody Time (1957–1959).

The first dramatic production by the station was a live, 30-minute play called Roundabout which aired on 4 January 1957.

ABV Channel 2 moved to new studios at Ripponlea in 1958, in Gordon Street, Elsternwick, with two major studios: Studio 31 & 32. The land had been acquired from the adjacent Rippon Lea Estate. Over the years, many additional properties were leased.[2] The ABC began consolidating all their Melbourne operations in 1999, with purchase of a property behind their Southbank premises which had housed their radio operations since 1994. The television news moved to Southbank in 2000, and the government approved a loan in 2013 to move the studio production.[3]. The facility was finished in 2017 and the final show to be filmed at Ripponlea was Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell in November 2017[4], with all production consolidated into a single Studio 31 at Southbank after that.[5]

Relay stations

The following stations relay ABV throughout Victoria:

Call Region served City Channels
First air date 3rd letter's
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABAV Upper Murray Albury/Wodonga 1 (VHF)7
11 (VHF)
December 15, 1964 Albury 160 kW
75 kW
496 m
525 m
36°15′13″S 146°51′20″E Mount Baranduda
ABEV Bendigo Bendigo 1 (VHF)7
29 (UHF)
April 29, 1963 BEndigo 130 kW
420 kW
512 m
517 m
36°59′32″S 144°18′30″E Mount Alexander
ABGV Goulburn Valley Shepparton 40 (UHF)2 7
37 (UHF)
November 28, 1963 Goulburn Valley 1200 kW
230 kW
372 m
378 m
36°21′29″S 145°41′42″E Mount Major
ABLV Latrobe Valley Traralgon 40 (UHF)3 7
29 (UHF)
September 30, 1963 Latrobe Valley 1600 kW
400 kW
520 m
520 m
38°23′57″S 146°33′53″E Mount Tassie
ABMV Mildura and Sunraysia Mildura 6 (VHF)4 6
11 (VHF)
November 22, 1965 Mildura 200 kW
50 kW
152 m
152 m
34°22′47″S 142°11′18″E Yatpool
ABRV Ballarat Ballarat 42 (UHF)5 7
35 (UHF)
May 20, 1963 BallaRat 2000 kW
300 kW
710 m
713 m
37°16′57″S 143°14′52″E Lookout Hill
ABSV Murray Valley Swan Hill 2 (VHF)7
47 (UHF)
July 30, 1965 Swan Hill 200 kW
320 kW
144 m
201 m
35°28′22″S 143°27′22″E Goschen
ABWV Western Victoria Hamilton 5A (VHF)7
6 (VHF)
July 1981 Western Victoria 130 kW
32 kW
356 m
365 m
37°27′32″S 141°54′58″E Mount Dundas


  • 1. HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  • 2. ABGV was on VHF channel 3 from its 1963 sign-on until 1991, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 3. ABLV was on VHF channel 4 from its 1963 sign-on until 1991, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 4. ABMV was on VHF channel 4 from its 1965 sign-on until sometime in the 1990s, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 5. ABRV was on VHF channel 3 from its 1963 sign-on until sometime around 1991, moving to VHF channel 11 in order to accommodate FM radio. It moved to its current channel in 2000 in order to accommodate digital television in Melbourne.
  • 6. ABMV was on VHF channel 6 until the 30 June 2010 due to the Analogue switchoff in the Mildura/Sunraysia region
  • 7. Analogue transmissions ceased as of 5 May 2011 as part of the conversion to digital television.

See also


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