NEN (TV station)

NEN (TV station)
northern New South Wales
Branding Prime7
Slogan Bringing It Home
Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations Seven
Network Prime7
Owner Prime Television Ltd
(Prime Television (Northern) Pty Ltd)
First air date 10 April 1965
Call letters' meaning New
New South Wales
Former callsigns ECN (Taree, Northern Rivers) [1966-1985]
Former affiliations independent (1965-1970s)
Great Eastland Television (1970s-1981)
independent (1981-1991)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

NEN is an Australian television station licensed to, and serving northern New South Wales.



NEN9 Tamworth/Upper Namoi commenced transmissions on 10 April 1965, with a relay in Armidale (NEN1, later NEN10) on 15 July 1966. ECN8 Taree/Manning River began on 27 May 1966.

During 1968–69, ECN8 who at the time were facing financial difficulties approached NBN3 Newcastle to take the station over but the proposal was rejected by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. An approach was also made to NRN11 Coffs Harbour but an agreement could not be reached. Finally, ECN approached NEN with an agreement for ECN to carry a relay broadcast of NEN's programming from the end of March 1969. In November 1971, ECN merged with NEN, but continued to use the callsign ECN into the mid 1980s.

During the 1970s and early 1980s NEN9 was a member of the Great Eastland Television partnership with NRN11 Coffs Harbour and SDQ4 Warwick, Queensland, sharing programming and advertising. From 1981 until 1989 the station branded itself 9-8 Television, referencing the channel numbers of both their Tamworth and Taree broadcasts.

Prime Television purchased the station in 1989, rebranding the station Prime Television and aligning it with the Seven Network, similarly to CBN in southern New South Wales, whilst changing ECN's call sign to NEN. At the commencement of Northern NSW market Aggregation on 31 December 1991, Prime Television became the Northern NSW affiliate of the Seven Network, in competition with NRTV (now Southern Cross Ten) and NBN.

Prime7 News

NEN produces and broadcasts a 30-minute Prime7 News bulletins for the Tamworth and North Coast regional markets, broadcast each weeknight at 6pm presented by Elspeth Taylor.

In the Newcastle and Central Coast market, short two-minute updates are presented on a rotating basis by Natalie Forrest and Renee Konig with weather forecasts from Daniel Gibson and Madelaine Collignon. Weekend weather forecasts for the Newcastle and Tamworth regions are presented by Craig Moore.

It is expected that towards late 2010 and early 2011, news bulletins for the Tamworth and North Coast markets will move to Prime7's Canberra headquarters.

Main transmitters

Region served City Channels
First air date ERP
Transmitter Coordinates Transmitter Location
Grafton/Kempsey Coffs Harbour 31 (UHF)
30 (UHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
250 kW
725 m
730 m
30°19′2″S 152°51′35″E / 30.31722°S 152.85972°E / -30.31722; 152.85972 Mount Moombil
Manning River2 Taree 8 (VHF)
9 (VHF)
27 May 1966 320 kW
80 kW
622 m
622 m
31°42′7″S 152°40′43″E / 31.70194°S 152.67861°E / -31.70194; 152.67861 Middle Brother
Newcastle/Hunter River Newcastle 54 (UHF)
53 (UHF)
31 December 1991 1200 kW
500 kW
439 m
439 m
32°53′31″S 151°32′18″E / 32.89194°S 151.53833°E / -32.89194; 151.53833 Mount Sugarloaf
Richmond and Tweed Lismore 44 (UHF)
35 (UHF)
31 December 1991 600 kW
200 kW
638 m
648 m
28°32′44″S 153°17′15″E / 28.54556°S 153.2875°E / -28.54556; 153.2875 Mount Nardi
Upper Namoi Tamworth 9 (VHF)
9A (VHF)
10 April 1965 250 kW
55 kW
846 m
849 m
30°17′5″S 150°10′2″E / 30.28472°S 150.16722°E / -30.28472; 150.16722 Mount Dowe


  1. HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.
  2. The Manning River station was an independent station with the callsign ECN from its 1966 sign-on until aggregation in 1991.

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