Cue TV was a regional television station in New Zealand which started in October 1996 as Mercury Television. The original majority shareholder in Mercury TV was the CRT (Combined Rural Traders) co-operative, before the station was sold to Family Television Network and then West Media 175, a company based in the United Kingdom with New Zealand broadcasting assets. In 2003, the company was sold to General Manager Tom Conroy who is also Managing Director for the station. The majority of its programming was from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT2LRN). Making it a nationwide local educational television service. Most of the programming on CUE TV was locally produced, most other programming is from Deutsche Welle. The channel was available nationwide, on Freeview, Sky and Telstra.
Current Cue TV logo.
|Closed||10 April 2015|
|Owned by||Tom Conroy|
|Broadcast area||Southland, New Zealand|
|Formerly called||Mercury Television, Southland TV|
|SKY Network Television||Channel 200|
|Freeview Satellite||Channel 23|
From July 2012 CUE TV was New Zealand's only nationwide locally produced educational television service, due to the closing of TVNZ 7. Because Cue TV is still a devoted Southland broadcaster, it is not often referred to as a National public service.
In 2003, after Tom Conroy purchased the station, the station was rebranded as Southland TV and the station went nationwide when it launched on the SKY Digital network on Channel 90. In March 2007 Southland TV was rebranded as CUE 110, the name change coincided with SKY TV relocating most of their channels on the SKY Digital network.
In December 2007, Cue TV became available on the Freeview platform making it available on VHF, as well as both of the main digital platforms in New Zealand.
Around 50% of the programming revolves around SIT2LRN multimedia distance learning provided by the Southern Institute of Technology. In addition the station broadcasts a local bulletin of news, weather, lifestyle and sport each weeknight called South Today, live talkback and programmes from various other regional stations. International content is provided via satellite from Deutsche Welle in Germany.
Cue TV simulcast on VHF 5 in the Invercargill region, broadcasting from their transmitter on Forest Hill. The signal is prone to interference, especially during winter, and ongoing problems with the transmitter itself make receiving the channel from SKY Digital (or Freeview) the preferred choice. Mercury TV, in 1996, was the last regional broadcaster in New Zealand to be awarded a VHF licence, with all new stations then broadcasting on UHF.
In February 2013 Cue TV began broadcasting on Freeview HD channel 23 in Southland in preparation for the digital switch over. On 28 April 2013 the analogue service was to have been switched off for the entire South Island of New Zealand, but CUE TV Cue remained broadcasting on VHF channel 5 for a few days after making the station the last analogue television broadcast in the South Island.
On March 31, 2015 an announcement was made that CUE would cease broadcasting on April 10, 2015 however the company would remain in operation switching its focus to a production company producing content for other stations.