TNT (Australian TV station)

TNT is a television station based in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, owned by Southern Cross Austereo. Originally broadcasting only to Launceston and Northern Tasmania, it has broadcast to the whole of Tasmania since aggregation of the Tasmanian television market in 1994.

ChannelsAnalog: see table below
Digital: see table below
OwnerSouthern Cross Austereo
(Southern Cross Television Pty Ltd)
First air date26 May 1962
Call letters' meaningTelevision
Former affiliationsIndependent (1962-1994)
TasTV (1985-1989)
Southern Cross Network (1989-1994)
Network Ten (secondary, 1994-2008)
Transmitter powersee table below
Heightsee table below
Transmitter coordinatessee table below


  • 1962 - Founded as Northern TV Ltd and broadcasts in Launceston and Northern Tasmania
  • 1965 - Became part of ENT Ltd (Examiner-Northern TV Ltd)
  • 1980 - adopts a custom version of the Nine Network's "9 Dots" logo
  • 1982 - ENT bought TVT-6 in Hobart
  • 1985 - TNT and TVT officially relaunched as TasTV, callsigns remain for both stations
  • 1989 - ENT sold TNT-9 to Tricom Corporation, which subsequently became Southern Cross Broadcasting; station became known on-air as Southern Cross Network
  • 1994 - Aggregation of Tasmanian television market occurs - Southern Cross broadcasts statewide, competing with TasTV
  • 1999 - Southern Cross Tasmania, while still a part of Southern Cross Broadcasting, changes logo independently of Southern Cross stations on the mainland.
  • 2003 - Southern Cross and WIN Television launch Tasmanian Digital Television, a jointly owned digital-only commercial station based in Hobart relaying Network Ten content.
  • 2005 - Southern Cross Broadcasting adapts new logo for all stations it owns. Southern Cross Tasmania loses its Tasmanian Tiger logo to a unified corporate Southern Cross logo.
  • 2018 - Southern Cross Tasmania became Seven Tasmania as local branding is replaced by network branding.

Local programming

TNT produces the market's number one news bulletin daily plus local lifestyle and sports programming.

Previous local programmes produced by TNT-9 include Sports Club (weekly sports review), Quiz Quest (children's game show), The Saturday Night Show (variety), Down the Line (morning talk/local events), The Saturday Morning Fun Show (kids), Tasmanian New Faces (talent) and annual coverage of Targa Tasmania and The Launceston Cup.


The station produces its flagship news program, Nightly News (formerly Southern Cross News), broadcast live every night at 6:00pm and presented from the station's Launceston studios. Short news updates are also produced and broadcast throughout the day alongside the national Seven News Updates. The bulletin is consistently the highest rating television program in Tasmania. A shortened version of the day's bulletin is upload by the station's YouTube channel, featuring only local news and sport reports alongside weather forecasts.

The station originally planned to retitle the bulletin Seven News Tasmania on 1 July 2018 to coincide with the station's rebrand as Seven Tasmania. But the relaunch was delayed without any notice given. When asked by ABC's Media Watch, the CEO of SCA Grant Blackley stated that the Seven Network did not want their name featured on any output they do not control, so SCA was coming up with a new brand.[1] On 3 December 2018, the bulletin changed its title to Nightly News, a brand the station formerly used from the 1990s up to the early 2000s.

Outside of this bulletin, Seven Tasmania airs national news and current affairs output from the Seven Network, including:

Current presenters

Main anchors
  • Jo Palmer (Weeknights)
  • Rachel Williams (Weekends & Fills)
Sport presenters
  • Tom Cooper
  • Tom Johnson
Weather presenters
  • Peter Murphy (Weeknights)
  • Laura Moore
  • Britt Aylen
  • Sam Millwood

Non-news output

Hook, Line and Sinker

The fishing show Hook, Line and Sinker is the most popular Tasmanian-made program airing and is broadcast Australia-wide. The program is 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 enabled children.

Targa Torque

Broadcast every night during Targa Tasmania fortnight, Andrew Hart and Nick Duigan report and review the events of the day.

Holiday at Home

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

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 Seven Tasmania. Weekly updates are broadcast during commercial breaks. In the early years of the program, people who took part were well known in Tasmania, however in 2006, a Launceston family were trained to run the event.

Sports coverage

Seven Tasmania airs sports coverage from Seven Network, which includes Australian Rules Football, tennis and motorsport. In the 1990s, the station aired Network Ten's daily sports program Sports Tonight as part of its dual-affiliation, however this was eventually replaced by Seven's current affairs program, Today Tonight.

The station airs four AFL games per round courtesy of its affiliation with Seven. Matches held in Tasmania are broadcast on delay. The station promotes extensive coverage of Tasmanian sports in its news coverage including cricket, athletics, netball and basketball. The station's main sports reporters are Chris Rowbottom, Alicia Muling, and Trent Dann.

Local sport

Locally, coverage of the international road race Targa Tasmania is produced and aired each year. The station also produces live coverage of the Launceston and Hobart Cup. Regular updates on the annual Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race are broadcast during the duration of the race.


The station is affiliated with the metropolitan Seven Network and also broadcasts most of Seven's sub-channels (7TWO, 7mate, and Rival Tasmanian station TVT-6 (WIN Television) is affiliated with the metropolitan Ten Network.

Following aggregation in 1994, the station was a combined Seven and Ten affiliate, however the Ten content was gradually removed from the schedule in the late 2000s following the launch of digital-only station TDT in 2003. TDT is a joint-venture between Southern Cross Austereo and WIN.

Main transmitters

Region served City Channels
First air date ERP
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Hobart Hobart 31 (UHF)
10 (VHF)
30 April 1994 1300 kW
50 kW
1061 m
1030 m
42°53′51″S 147°14′10″E (analog)
42°53′42″S 147°14′10″E (digital)
Mount Wellington
North Eastern Tasmania Launceston 9 (VHF)
45 (UHF)
26 May 1962 300 kW
600 kW
809 m
839 m
41°23′27″S 147°25′29″E (analog)
41°23′27″S 147°25′28″E (digital)
Mount Barrow


See also


  1. "Not Seven news". Media Watch. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
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