Central GTS/BKN

Thread for Central GTS/BKN history, operating in regional SA, now owned by SCA.

In the attached video from YouTube shows a 1994 news update, why does the Australia outline behind the presenter have the entire Central Australia (including NT) shaded? I can only guess with the use of CTN (Central Television Network) that the news update was a shared resource with various stations in the group covered by that shaded area, with local stations doing their own tops and tails?

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Central GTS/BKN 2003 ID.

GTS-BKN 2003

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Here’s a bulletin from 1997 - featuring a young Rosanna Mangiarelli.

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One of our old idents from 1985. A YouTube channel called gtsbknarchive has a lot of old stuff from GTS/BKN - this one included.

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Appears the “Central Television Network” branding in general was one of those joint regional sales initiatives, probably not dissimilar to the Great Eastland Television network of the 80s - although it seems that only GTS/BKN used the actual branding as their identity on TV.

TelevisionAU’s site has a sales poster featuring the logo (https://televisionau.com/2008/03/happy-40th-gts4.html), which offered ad sales for GTS/BKN, as well as SES8 and RTS5a in the south-east, plus Imparja (which would explain why the NT was included in the logo).

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From my vague memories as a child in the Flinders Ranges (Upper Spencer Gulf licence area) in the 90’s, GTS/BKN did away with the test pattern long before SES8 - I recall a trip to Mount Gambier in the motel which my uncle owned watching the Ch 8 test pattern at 5AM in 1998! Whereas GTS/BKN used to take a direct feed from Ch 7 Sydney in the early hours of the morning with ads for Parramatta and all!

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Sounds about right in the case of SES 8 - there used to be a video somewhere (may not have been on YouTube, I can’t find it now) of a start-up not long after WIN took over the station, which jumped straight into the second half-hour of the National Nine Early News at the time, which suggested a 6am (Central) start-up even then.

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Would be this one Win SA Start Up 1999 - YouTube

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That’s the one! Thanks.

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Like Roseanna, a lot of journalists and presenters started out at GTS/BKN in their careers - Nikki Dwyer, Katrina Stapleton (now Shute), Nicole Haack, Richard Davies, Will McDonald, Virginia Langeberg, Justine Northey, Selga Berzins, Gerda Jezuchowski and Phil Luke to name a few

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GTS/BKN from 1992

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