The Info List - Southern Cross Central

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ITQ: 11 September 1971 QQQ: 29 April 1988

Call letters' meaning ITQ: Mount Isa Telecasters Queensland

Former affiliations independent (1971–1998)

Transmitter power ITQ: 1.3 kW

Height ITQ: 75 m[1]

Transmitter coordinates ITQ: 20°44′4″S 139°30′45″E / 20.73444°S 139.51250°E / -20.73444; 139.51250 (ITQ)

QQQ is an Australian television station broadcasting in remote central and eastern areas of Australia, owned by Southern Cross Austereo. The station is available via satellite and terrestrial platforms – mostly through community retransmission sites, although it also transmits into the town of Mount Isa, Queensland under the call sign ITQ. The station is primarily affiliated with the Seven Network, while carrying a limited amount of sport programming from Network Ten.


1 History 2 News updates 3 Availability

3.1 Terrestrial 3.2 Satellite

4 See also 5 References

History[edit] ITQ Channel 8 began broadcasting into Mount Isa on 11 September 1971, converting to colour in May 1975.[2] QQQ began broadcasting into remote Queensland and New South Wales in 1988. In 1990, ITQ was purchased by North Queensland Television, who owned QQQ at the time, and became a relay of QQQ.[3] In December 1998, the ITQ and QQQ signals – then known as Queensland Satellite Television, or QSTV, and owned by Telecasters Australia Limited (previously Telecasters North Queensland) – were officially aggregated with that of Imparja Television into a Remote Central and Eastern Australia licence area. Previously, QSTV serviced western parts of Queensland and New South Wales, while Imparja serviced the Northern Territory (excluding Darwin), and remote South Australia and Victoria, plus far-western New South Wales (excluding Broken Hill). As part of the aggregation, the Australian Broadcasting Authority further extended the combined licence area to cover more remote areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, who were not fully served by regularly licensed terrestrial television services.[4] On 1 February 1999, QSTV changed its affiliation from predominantly Network Ten, in line with Telecasters' stations in regional Queensland (TNQ, now Southern Cross Ten), to the Seven Network, becoming Seven Central.[5] This closely followed the introduction of a Seven Network-affiliated service, Seven Darwin (TND), to Darwin in 1998. Telecasters Australia was purchased by Southern Cross Broadcasting (SCB) in July 2001,[6] and its official name was eventually changed to Southern Cross Central. However, unlike other Southern Cross-owned stations – including TND, which at the time was a dual Seven/Ten affiliate under the Southern Cross Television brand – QQQ/ITQ simply carried the Seven Network branding unchanged, leading some people to continue to refer it as "Seven Central". The station carried a simple "SCTV" text watermark in lieu of independent branding, denoting the origin of the signal. (Previously, the watermark has read "TAL" and "SCB", denoting the previous owners. "MSCM" was used briefly after the Macquarie acquisition.) On 19 May 2010, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved a licence for Central Digital Television, a third digital-only network to be jointly owned by Imparja Television and Southern Cross Austereo.[7] The network launched on 30 June 2010 on the Viewer Access Satellite Television service. The same day, Southern Cross Central began broadcasting SCTV Central, SCTV Central HD and 7Two Central to coincide with the first analog television transmitter switch off in Mildura, Victoria. This was so viewers in the area who lost adequate television coverage were able to utilise VAST as an alternative source.[8] VAST officially launched on 10 December 2010, and began granting access to viewers in the Remote Central and Eastern Australia licence areas. This brought digital television to satellite viewers in the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia for the first time.[8] Digital terrestrial transmissions began in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Mount Isa, Queensland on 2 May 2011,[9] with other areas launching between 2012 and 2013. Optus Aurora, the satellite service preceding VAST, was closed down on 10 December 2013. News updates[edit] Under previous owners, a local Seven News bulletin for Darwin and Central Australia was produced until 2000. Separate news update services for remote Australia were introduced in 2005 before being merged with updates for Darwin into one service in 2013. The shared three-minute short news updates throughout the day are broadcast on ITQ/QQQ serving remote areas and TND in Darwin, presented from Southern Cross Austereo's studio in Canberra. Availability[edit] Terrestrial[edit] Southern Cross Central broadcasts free-to-air digital television channels SCTV Central, 7mate Central and 7Two Central via terrestrial transmissions in many regional cities and towns. The network is licensed to broadcast within the Remote Central and Eastern Australia TV2 and Mount Isa TV1 licence areas,[10] which include Alice Springs, Bourke, Ceduna, Charleville, Coober Pedy, Cooktown, Katherine, Longreach, Mount Isa, Roma and Weipa, as well as others.[11] Satellite[edit] A digital satellite transmission of Southern Cross Central's channels is available free-to-view on the VAST service in all states and territories of Australia, except Western Australia. 7mate Central is broadcast as a single high definition channel to all viewers, while SCTV Central and 7Two Central are each split into two separate standard definition channels.[12] SCTV Central North and 7Two Central North are broadcast in Australian Eastern Standard Time for viewers in Northern Territory and Queensland (Northern Australia TV3 licence area), and SCTV Central South and 7Two Central South in Australian Eastern Summer Time for viewers in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Norfolk Island (South Eastern Australia TV3 licence area). Southern Cross Central is also available in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea though the HiTRON subscription television service (shown on channel list as 7 Central).[13] See also[edit]

Southern Cross Television


^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT. ^ North West Star. http://www.northweststar.com.au/story/3907901/on-to-the-seventies/ Retrieved on 13 July 2017. ^ http://televisionau.com/2012/11/townsville-television-turns-50.html ^ Australian Broadcasting Authority (23 December 1998). Additional television services in remote regions of Australia Archived 20 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 9 January 2008. ^ Alice Springs News, 24 February 1999. Retrieved on 2 August 2007. ^ Southern Cross Broadcasting 2001 Annual Report. Retrieved on 2 August 2007. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2009.  ^ a b "Annual Report 2010/2011: Broadcasting and Digital Television". Department of Communications (previously DBCDE). October 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  ^ "Commercial digital television services switch on in Alice Springs and Mt Isa on 2 May". Australian Communications and Media Authority. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  ^ "Commercial TV Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.  ^ "Imparja's Plan for Digital Broadcasting" (PDF). Imparja Television. July 2010. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  ^ "Viewer Access Satellite Television service for Central and Eastern Australia". digitalready.gov.au. March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.  ^ HiTRON Limited – Papua New Guinea :: MMDS TV – top programming – more channels – better reliability Archived 15 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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Southern Cross Austereo


Southern Cross Nine

Southern NSW/ACT Regional Victoria Regional Queensland Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill

Southern Cross Television (Seven affiliate)

Remote Eastern and Central Australia Darwin Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill (Seven GTS/BKN, Nine GDS/BDN, Ten SGS/SCN) Tasmania


Aspire TV

Joint ventures

Central Digital Television Darwin Digital Television Tasmanian Digital Television


Queensland stations

Hit Network

Hit105 Brisbane Hit97.9 Atherton Hit103.5 Cairns Hit94.7 Emerald Hit100.3 Mackay Hit102.5 Mount Isa Hit Central QLD Rockhampton Hit95.1 Roma Hit103.1 Townsville 93.1 Sea FM Bundaberg 90.9 Sea FM Gold Coast Hit89.1 Kingaroy Hit101.9 Maryborough Hit100.7 Toowoomba

Triple M LocalWorks

104.5 Triple M Brisbane 92.5 Gold FM Gold Coast 103.5 Triple M Maryborough 864 Triple M Toowoomba 102.3 4TO Townsville 99.5 Triple M Cairns 98.7 Triple M Mackay 101.5 Triple M Rockhampton

New South Wales stations

Hit Network

2Day FM Sydney Hit106.9 Newcastle 101.3 Sea FM Gosford (Central Coast) Hit104.9 Albury Hit105.5 Coffs Harbour Hit93.5 Dubbo Hit99.7 Griffith Hit Mid North Coast Kempsey/Port Macquarie Hit105.9 Orange Hit93.1 Wagga Wagga

Triple M LocalWorks

104.9 Triple M Sydney 102.9 KOFM Newcastle 105.7 Triple M Albury 106.3 Triple M Coffs Harbour 107.7 2GO Gosford (Central Coast) 963 Triple M Griffith 106.7/100.7 Triple M Kempsey/Port Macquarie 105.1 Triple M Orange 1152 Triple M Wagga Wagga

Victorian stations

Hit Network

Fox FM Melbourne Hit91.9 Bendigo Hit99.5 Mildura Hit96.9 Shepparton Hit Gippsland Warragul/Gippsland

Triple M LocalWorks

105.1 Triple M Melbourne 93.5 Triple M Bendigo 97.9 Triple M Mildura 95.3 Triple M Shepparton

South Australian stations

Southern Cross Austereo

Hit107 Adelaide 104.7 Triple M Adelaide 963 Triple M Mount Gambier Hit96.1 Mount Gambier

Western Australian stations

Hit Network

Hit92.9 Perth Hit106.5 Albany Hit100.5 Bridgetown Hit95.7 Bunbury Hit97.9 Kalgoorlie Hit94.9 Katanning Hit105.1 Merredin Hit100.5 Narrogin Hit96.5 Northam

Triple M LocalWorks

Mix 94.5 Perth 783 Triple M Albany 900 Triple M Bridgetown 963 Triple M Bunbury 981 Triple M Kalgoorlie 1071 Triple M Katanning 1098 Triple M Merredin 918 Triple M Narrogin 864 Triple M Northam

Other stations

Tasmanian stations

Hit100.9 Hobart 107.3 Triple M Hobart

Joint venture stations

Hit104.7 Canberra Mix 106.3 Canberra

Digital-only stations

Buddha Hits (national) Old Skool Hits (national) Easy Hits (national) Triple M Classic Rock Digital (national) Triple M Greatest Hits Digital (national) Triple M Modern Rock Digital (national)

Previous digital stations

Stardust (national) Triple M Perth (Perth only) Radar (national) Barry (national) The Main Stage (national) Choose The Hits (national) High Voltage Radio (national) Radio Gaga (national) Caravan Radio (national) I See Red (national) U20 (national)

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Viewer Access Satellite Television

Free-to-air services

Public broadcasters

ABC Television

ABC (HD) ABC Comedy ABC Kids ABC Me ABC News

SBS Television

SBS (HD) SBS Viceland Food Network NITV

Regional affiliate commercial networks

Seven Network affiliates

GWN7 Southern Cross Television

Nine Network affiliates

Imparja Television West Digital Television

Network Ten affiliates

Central Digital Television WIN Television

Open narrowcast services

ICTV Westlink 3ABN International

Datacasting licensed channels

ishop TV Racing.com TVSN Gold

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Television in Queensland


ABQ (ABC) BTQ (Seven) QTQ (Nine) TVQ (Ten) SBS

Regional Queensland


Mount Isa

ABIQ (ABC) ITQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) IDQ (Ten Central) SBS

Remote areas

ABQ (ABC) QQQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) CDT (Ten Central) SBS

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Television in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory


ABN (ABC) ATN (Seven) TCN (Nine) TEN (Ten) SBS

Northern NSW

ABN (ABC) NEN (Prime7) NBN (Nine) NRN (WIN) SBS

Southern NSW and ACT


Griffith and MIA

ABGN (ABC) MTN (WIN [Seven Griffith]) MDN (WIN [Nine Griffith]) AMN (WIN) SBS

Broken Hill


Remote areas

ABN (ABC) QQQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) CDT (Ten Central) SBS

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Television in Victoria


ABV (ABC) HSV (Seven) GTV (Nine) ATV (Ten) SBS C31 (CTV)

Regional Victoria


Mildura and Sunraysia

ABMV (ABC) PTV (Prime7) MDV (Nine Mildura) STV (WIN) SBS

Remote areas

ABV (ABC) QQQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) CDT (Ten Central) SBS

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Television in South Australia


ABS (ABC) SAS (Seven) NWS (Nine) ADS (Ten) SBS C44 (CTV)

Mount Gambier




Spencer Gulf


Remote areas

ABS (ABC) QQQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) CDT (Ten Central) SBS

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Television in Tasmania


ABT (ABC) TNT (SCTV) TDT (Nine Tasmania) TVT (WIN) SBS

Remote areas

ABT (ABC) QQQ (SCTV) IMP (Imparja) CDT (Ten Central) SBS

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Television in the Northern Territory


ABD (ABC) TND (SCTV) NTD (Nine) DTD (Ten Darwin) SBS

Remote areas