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ABN (TV station)

Sydney, New South Wales
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC Television
Network ABC Television
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date 5 November 1956
Call letters' meaning ABC New South Wales
Former channel number(s) 2 (VHF)(analog)
Transmitter power 200 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
Height 168 m (analog)
205 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates

ABN is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Sydney. The station began broadcasting on 5 November 1956. Its original studios were located in Gore Hill, New South Wales and were in use up until March 2004, when they were co-located with ABC Radio, Radio Australia and Australia Network at the Corporation's headquarters in the inter-city suburb of Ultimo, New South Wales.[2] Its main transmitter, however, remains at Gore Hill.[3] The station can be received throughout the state through a number of relay transmitters, as well as satellite transmission on the Optus Aurora platform.


ABN-2 Sydney opened on 5 November 1956 with full-time colour broadcasting introduced in March 1975.

For more than 40 years, Gore Hill was best known as the location of the ABC's Sydney television studios, which were fully opened in 1958 and which operated until 2002, when the site was closed and sold off. Later, the ABC moved its television operations to its broadcasting centre in Ultimo.

ABN Sydney shares its digital broadcast centre facilities with Sydney's community television station TVS.[4] The station has also previously carried a number of programs originally produced at other Channel 31 stations in other states (programs such as Aurora Community Channel & National Indigenous Television).

ABN commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 12 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 2.

The analogue signal for ABN was shut off at 9.00am AEDST, Tuesday, 3 December 2013.


Local programming

ABN's schedule is similar to the national ABC schedule, with the exception of some news, current affairs, sport and occasionally, election programming.

ABC News New South Wales is presented by Juanita Phillips on weeknights and Jeremy Fernandez on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate NSW weather forecasts presented by Graham Creed as well as a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.

The weekly local current affairs program, 7.30 New South Wales is broadcast each Friday night at 7:30pm and presented by Quentin Dempster. ABN also carries live coverage of Shute Shield rugby union matches every Saturday afternoon.

Networked programming

Past programming

Digital multiplex

LCN Service SD/HD
2 & 21 ABC1 SD
22 ABC2 SD
23 ABC3 SD
24 ABC News 24 HD

Relay stations

The following stations relay ABN throughout New South Wales:
Call Region served City Channels
First air date 3rd letter's
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABCN Central Tablelands Orange 1 (VHF)7
36 (UHF)
31 March 1964 Central Tablelands 160 kW
570 kW
655 m
677 m
Mount Canobolas
ABDN Grafton/Kempsey Coffs Harbour 2 (VHF)8
36 (UHF)
28 June 1965 160 kW
250 kW
661 m
730 m
Mount Moombil
ABGN Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Griffith 7 (VHF)7
11 (VHF)
25 July 1966 Griffith 200 kW
50 kW
416 m
412 m
Mount Bingar
ABHN Newcastle/Hunter River Newcastle 5A (VHF)2 8
37 (UHF)
5 June 1963 Hunter River 200 kW
250 kW
405 m
440 m
Mount Sugarloaf
ABLN Broken Hill Broken Hill 2 (VHF)6
10 (VHF)
14 December 1965 5 kW
4 kW
95 m
104 m
Rocky Hill
ABMN South Western Slopes and Eastern Riverina Wagga Wagga 0 (VHF)7
46 (UHF)
30 April 1965 200 kW
600 kW
466 m
543 m
Mount Ulandra
ABMIN Mungindi Mungindi 10 (VHF)
1 January 1974 MungindI 0.1 kW 59 m Mungindi
ABQN Central Western Slopes Dubbo 11 (VHF)3 7
12 (VHF)
12 September 1966 400 kW
100 kW
638 m
638 m
Mount Cenn Cruaich
ABRN Richmond and Tweed Lismore 6 (VHF)8
29 (UHF)
20 April 1964 Richmond and Tweed 200 kW
200 kW
621 m
645 m
Mount Nardi
ABSN Bega/Cooma Bega 8 (VHF)7
29 June 1966 South East 200 kW 428 m Brown Mountain
ABTN Manning River Taree 6 (VHF)4 8
7 (VHF)
29 April 1966 Taree 315 kW
80 kW
599 m
599 m
Middle Brother
ABUN Upper Namoi Tamworth 7 (VHF)8
8 (VHF)
27 September 1965 Upper Namoi 72 kW
22.5 kW
859 m
849 m
Mount Dowe
ABWN Illawarra Wollongong 56 (UHF)5 7
51 (UHF)
28 October 1963 Wollongong 960 kW
250 kW
618 m
618 m
Knights Hill


  • 1. HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.
  • 2. ABHN also broadcasts on analog UHF channel 48 with 1200 kW ERP at 441 m HAAT. ABHN was on VHF channel 5 from its 1963 sign-on until the late 1970s, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 3. ABQN was on VHF channel 5 from its 1966 sign-on until 1988, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 4. ABTN was on VHF channel 1 from its 1966 sign-on until 1990.
  • 5. ABWN was on VHF channel 5A from its 1963 sign-on until 1988.
  • 6. Analogue transmission ceased as of 15 December 2010 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.
  • 7. Analogue transmission ceased as of 5 June 2012 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.
  • 8. Analogue transmission ceased as of 27 November 2012 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.
  2. ^ Media Room – Inside the ABC – Issue 7. About the ABC Accessed 27 July 2007]
  3. ^ Communications – Television – Sydney national television station ABN2 transmitting masts at Gore Hill, Sydney,New South Wales National Archives of Australia 1959 Retrieved on 2008-12-18
  4. ^ "TVS Sydney homepage".  
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