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regional Queensland
Branding WIN Television
Slogan Welcome Home
Network WIN
Owner WIN Corporation Pty Ltd
(WIN QLD Pty. Ltd[1])
First air date 7 September 1963
Call letters' meaning Rockhampton
Former affiliations independent (1963-1990)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

RTQ is an Australian television station broadcasting in regional Queensland in Australia. The network was owned by Star Television, before being purchased by the WIN Corporation on 5 October 1988.[2]

Network history

WIN TV Queensland started out as Darling Downs Television Limited in 1959, and was launched as a television network in 1962, with Queensland's first regional TV station, DDQ-10, being broadcast to the Darling Downs area for the first time. SDQ-4 for the Southern Downs soon launched in 1964, and DDQ 5 was next to air later (it would later be renamed as DDQ 5a) for Toowoomba viewers. The main Rockhampton station, RTQ-7, was launched in 1963 to serve viewers in Rockhampton and its suburbs.

Until the 1980s, Darling Downs TV was sometimes supporting the Nine Network and QTQ-9, its Brisbane station, by broadcasting its newscasts on relay before switching sympathies to Network Ten and TVQ-0 in the early part of the decade, supporting its programs and broadcasting TVQ-0's Channel 0 Eyewitness News (later TV0 Eyewitness News until 1988) on relay. It was part of the short-lived Great Eastland Television system in 1974-1980, together with NRN NRTV 11-8 Television and NEN 9-10 Television (both in New South Wales) as GET 10-4-5a.

Due to its purchase of Ten Brisbane (TVQ-0) in 1987 and its move to Channel 0 the next year (as Vision TV 0-4-5a) to give way to the new Brisbane Ten (TVQ-10), it suddenly became Queensland's strongest regional TV network, even after its TVQ selloff, bringing Ten programs and Brisbane Ten Eyewitness News (later Brisbane Ten News) to the Darling Downs and Southern Downs. RTQ-7 also by then began broadcasting Ten programs in Rockhampton, after its previous commitment to BTQ-7's programs, Seven National News and State Affair.

By 1990, DDQ/SDQ and RTQ joined the aggregation race, merging and becoming Star Television in 1990. It was then purchased by Win Television, then as a Ten affiliate for the state (the Nine affiliation was then by TNQ/FNQ QTV 7-10). But before aggregation would begin, Star TV joined Nine instead (due to WIN being the 9 affiliate for NSW), and QTV joined Ten as its affiliate in its place, reflecting the "affiliation wars" 9 and 10 fought for regional network affiliation in Queensland.

On New Year's Eve 1990, it became Win Television Queensland on the first day of statewide aggregation, with Toowomba and Rockhampton facilities to air statewide WIN News newscasts everyday. New transmitting stations were also built in Townsville, Mt. Stuart, Cairns, Mackay and Maryborough in time for statewide broadcasts even before Star TV turned to the Nine Network as its affiliate.

Regional news bulletins broadcast from the Rockhampton and Toowoomba studios have now moved production to WIN's facilities at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

WIN News

WIN News produces regional news bulletins for the seven regional markets covered by RTQ - (Sunshine Coast & Maroochydore), (Rockhampton & Central Queensland), (Cairns & Far North Queensland), (Wide Bay, Bundaberg, Maryborough & Hervey Bay), (Toowoomba), (Townsville & North Queensland) and (Mackay).

WIN Television is the only network to provide local news across all seven sub-markets in Queensland. Reporters and camera crews are based in newsrooms throughout the regions of the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Cairns, Wide Bay, Toowoomba, Townsville and Mackay.

WIN News bulletins for the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Cairns and Wide Bay are presented by Paul Taylor, with sports presenter David McLenaghan from WIN's studios in Maroochydore. The Sunshine Coast edition is broadcast live.

WIN News bulletins for Toowoomba, Townsville and Mackay are presented from WIN's Maroochydore studios by Sophie Hull, with sports presenter Paul Murphy. The Toowoomba edition is broadcast live.

Weather forecasts are presented from the Maroochydore studios by Hannah McEwan.

Main anchors

Sports presenters

Weather presenter

  • Hannah McEwan


Chief of Staff

The State News Director is Phil Hind and the State News Sub-editor is Steve Marshall.

Main transmitters

Region served City Channels
First air date ERP
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
Cairns Cairns 39 (UHF)6
12 (VHF)
31 December 1990 400 kW
50 kW
1176 m
1190 m
15|51|S|145|51|14|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Mount Bellenden Ker
Darling Downs2 Toowoomba 0 (VHF)3 6
46 (UHF)
13 July 1962 300 kW
500 kW
485 m
520 m
53|28|S|151|36|18|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=

}} (analog)
26°53′27″S 151°36′21″E / 26.89083°S 151.60583°E / -26.89083; 151.60583 (digital)

Mount Mowbullan
Mackay Mackay 39 (UHF)6
35 (UHF)
31 December 1990 1300 kW
360 kW
612 m
630 m
1|56|S|148|56|36|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Mount Blackwood
Rockhampton Rockhampton 7 (VHF)6
12 (VHF)
7 September 1963 200 kW
50 kW
523 m
523 m
43|48|S|150|32|9|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Mount Hopeful
Southern Downs4 6 Warwick 42 (UHF)5 6
43 (UHF)
26 February 1966 600 kW
500 kW
301 m
301 m
32|9|S|151|49|58|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Passchendaele Ridge
Townsville Townsville 40 (UHF)6
41 (UHF)
31 December 1990 200 kW
200 kW
617 m
644 m
20|36|S|146|46|50|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Mount Stuart
Wide Bay Maryborough 39 (UHF)6
10 (VHF)
31 December 1990 1000 kW
60 kW
646 m
646 m
25|37|S|152|7|3|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=


Mount Goonaneman


  • 1. using EHAAT.
  • 2. The Darling Downs station was an independent station with the callsign DDQ from its 1962 sign-on until aggregation in 1990.
  • 3. The Darling Downs station was on VHF channel 10 from its 1962 sign-on until 1988, swapping frequencies with TVQ Brisbane.
  • 4. The Southern Downs station was a relay of DDQ Darling Downs/Toowoomba (with the callsign SDQ) from its 1966 sign-on until aggregation in 1990.
  • 5. The Southern Downs station was on VHF channel 4 from its 1966 sign-on until 1991, moving to its current channel in order to accommodate FM radio.
  • 6. Analogue transmissions ceased on 6 December 2011 as part of the national shutdown of analogue television.


External links

Television in Australia portal
  • Official Site
  • Corporate Site
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