NTD Darwin, Northern Territory Branding Nine Slogan Welcome Home Channels Analog: 8 (VHF)
Digital: 31 (UHF)
Affiliations Nine (O&O) Network Nine Owner Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Pty Ltd
(Territory Television Pty Ltd)
First air date November 11, 1971 Call letters' meaning Northern
Former affiliations independent (1971–12/31/1997)
Transmitter power 40 kW (analog)
85 kW (digital)
Height 80 m (analog)
147 m (digital)
NTD is an Australian television station, licensed to and serving Darwin, Palmerston and surrounds. The station is owned by the Nine Entertainment Co., and is an owned-and-operated station of the Nine Network, under the company name Territory Television Pty. Ltd..
NTD-8 was officially launched at 8:00pm on 11 November 1971, with the opening lineup beginning at 5:30pm with Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, followed by Bandstand at 6:00p.m. and at 7:00p.m., An Evening with Burt Bacharach.
The station was officially inaugurated at 8:00pm by Northern Territory Administrator, Fred Chaney, followed by speeches from Sir Myles Wright, Fred Yates, John Hickman, and assistant executive John May.
NTD-8 did not run any news and current affairs programming until October 18, 1982, after the station hired Rex Clark as a news director to launch a nightly bulletin at 7:00pm entitled News at Seven, alongside a current affairs programme entitled Spectrum.
In the late 1980s, NTD-8 was purchased by Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, the owners of the Nine Network at that time. Following the acquisition of the station by Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, NTD-8 adopted a similar on-air presentation to the Nine Network with an Eight logo. NTD-8's news service revamped and rebranded along with the station, to become Eight National News.
NTD-8's first competitor was launched in 1998, owned by Telecasters Australia under the name Seven Darwin, now Southern Cross Television. The introduction of a second commercial television operator in the Darwin television market brought an end to NTD-8's solus commercial operations of the prior three decades.
Territory Television Pty. Ltd. attempted to gain Seven Network affiliation rights prior to Seven Darwin's launch, in a strategic move to dominate and force the incoming competitor to align with Network Ten. This would have seen NTD-8 broadcast both Nine Network and Seven Network programming, however after being rejected affiliation, the station gained Network Ten affiliation to supplement their parent company's Nine Network programming.
On New Year's Day 2003, Eight Darwin became Nine Darwin, in line with the rest of Kerry Packer's Nine Network owned-and-operated stations. Following the name change to Channel Nine Darwin, the station defunct Network Ten programming from their line-up, and in 2005, the Network Ten affiliation rights were officially relinquished, and were then taken by Southern Cross Television's TND in 2005.
In 2005, in the midst of the tug-of-war for the AFL television rights, PBL announced that National Rugby League games will take precedence on the station over AFL games, a sign that Nine may have be about to give up the race for the rights to a proposed Seven-Ten consortium, which they did, but not without putting in a $780 million dollar bid for the rights.
In 2008, Nine Darwin (NTD) began broadcasting Nine HD. In April 2008, Darwin Digital Television (DTD), a joint venture between the Nine Network and Macquarie Southern Cross Media, began broadcasting on the digital terrestrial platform as a full-time Ten Network affiliate.
The same year, it was speculated that Imparja Television was planning to purchase the station from the Nine Network. The deal would have involved the sale of the station, as well as its facilities and license. Negotiations for the sale of the station fell through on September 29, when Imparja failed to secure federal government funding to help finance the takeover.
Presenters and Reporters
- Leah Hannon (Court Reporter)
- Justin O'Brien (Police Reporter)
- Michelle Buckworth (Sports Reporter)
- Michelle Fraser (Chief of Staff and Politics Reporter)
- Angelina Anictomatis (Sport and Weekend Presenter)
- Lisa Andrews (Sport and Weekend Presenter)
- Katrina Read (Room To Move Presenter/Producer)
- ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
- ^ a b c d e f "NTD8 Darwin". Australian Television Archive. http://austv.hostforweb.com/cgi-bin/cgi2/index.rb?page=NTD8%20Darwin§ion=Television%20History%20Reference/TV%20Stations/Nine%20Network&mode=0. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- ^ Roy Masters (2005-04-01). "Darwin's wind of change blows for NRL". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/League/Darwins-wind-of-change-blows-for-NRL/2005/03/31/1111862534893.html. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
- ^ "New digital commercial television service for Darwin" (Press release). ACMA. 2007-05-18. http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_310217. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- ^ a b "Imparja takeover of Nine may be a step closer". ABC News Online. 2008-09-18. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/18/2368379.htm.
- ^ "Funding refused to Imparja for Nine's Darwin operation". The Australian. 2008-09-29. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24415717-7582,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- ^ "Nine News team". Nine Network. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/presenters/nt/. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- ^ "Nine News team". NineMSN. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/newsroom-state.aspx?sectionid=8754§ionname=newsroom&subsectionid=79943&subsectionname=NT. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
- "Tonight's The Night". Northern Territory News. 1971-11-11. http://www.ntnews.com.au/. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- Nine News Darwin Nine News Darwin Team
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