TV History


From my assessment it was the No 1 rating bulletin in Canberra at the time, why axe it? Stupid business decision at the time.


By the time Ten Capital News was axed, it was #2 behind WIN News in its timeslot. Not to mention the fact that ABC has just relaunched their local bulletin at the time, which would’ve taken plenty of Ten Capital’s viewers away.


News Centre 6 was BTV Ballarat - later VIC News and obviously WIN today.

Southern Cross originated at BCV Bendigo and also had a bulletin for Gippsland. Post aggregation it was a very confused time for SX, which didn’t cope well with competition from VIC. There were at least four format changes in two years, including a similar scenario to what Prime NSW has now - local news at 6 and a locally produced national news at 6.30. This was brought in twice. Yep, twice; before SX went for a relay of Ten News from Melbourne at 5 and then “News at Six” until May ‘94.


News Centre 6 was produced as separate bulletins at BTV6 Ballarat and GMV6 Shepparton. It became VIC News when the Six Network name changed to VIC TV in 1989. Eventually production was centralised to Ballarat (although I think Mildura, which joined VIC TV in 1990, continued to produce local news there for some time afterwards)

The bulletins still exist as WIN News but are presented out of Wollongong now.


I believe you’re correct about Mildura, I think it kept producing news locally until the mid-2000s(?) when WIN centralised it all to Ballarat like they had the other Victorian markets. Now obviously there’s no production at all in Victoria with it all being done out of Wollongong

Despite the centralised production, WIN News was generally a very professional product years ago. Although somewhat amusingly I remember instances of being in Gippsland and having the wrong news played out, you’d come back after a break to have Shepparton or Albury news playing instead, still with Denis Walter presenting it of course :smiley:


IIRC, it was to do with upgrading to digital television and associated costs, including upgrading their studios. Put simply, they didn’t want to fork out and, again, IIRC, expected more federal assistance to do it.

Typical Southern Cross bullshit basically.


Not sure if this promo has been posted before. Credit: Lachlan Patterson


Haven’t seen the Melbourne version of that promo before!
I reckon I have that DVD somewhere, probably collecting dust.


There has never been much money in local news, the increase in ad revenue from higher ratings wasn’t enough to justify the cost involved in running it.


Quite so… I don’t think it’s much of a secret that both Prime and WIN have been at least casually looking at creative ways to outsource local news production.



I’m a TV history numpty, so forgive me for the question, but I was wondering why both BCV8 and GLV8 continued to exist after aggregation? I’m assuming they were both Ch. 10 affiliates, with BCV covering regional areas west of Melbourne, and GLV covering areas to the east.

Perhaps it was just a product of having four heritage stations but only three networks. In southern NSW RVN2 (Riverina) was made redundant, but I think this was absorbed into the CBN8 (Prime) network well before aggregation.


@TelevisionAU would know for sure.

But I think it’s fair to say the individual licenses existed and in some cases continue to exist to this day what happened was that there were alignments amongst regional stations to suit aggregation. In some instances these alignments already existed.

In the case of RVN it was owned by Prime prior to aggregation and formed part of the southern aggregation market as dictated by legislation. But the other part of the Riverina equation AMV was split off and formed part of the Victorian aggregation area.

Some licenses did disappear; CWN Dubbo which had simply been a relay of CBN Orange for decades did lose its callsign and became CBN. But this was more administrative and didn’t have any sort of real or practical impact.

I’m not sure this helps.


When Equalisation via Aggregation was passed, licensees holding two or more licences in the same approved market were given the option of amalgamating the licences. ENT chose to amalgamate the GMV and BTV licence into one - for a short time it was called RTV, but later changed to VTV. Southern Cross chose not to, and retain BCV and GLV as seperate licences for Western and Eastern Victoria. The Albury submarket is in The GLV licence area along with Gippsland. Why they would chose to do it that way I don’t know, but SCA could, in theory, sell, say, the GLV license to another operator.


Yes; I knew RVN and AMV were aligned as a cross border operation. It did make sense to aggregate AMV into the Victorian market though; Albury/Wodonga is much more aligned to Melbourne and Victoria than Sydney/NSW in footy code as well as in other areas. The TX at Mount Baranduda is also firmly in Victoria.

Thanks for that additional information @shadowmask- it looks like it was mainly an administrative decision.

I have an old 1999 ACMA book in my possession which prompted the query.


Most regional stations chose to amalgamate callsigns in aggregation (e.g. BTV + GMV = VTV. CBN + CWN + RVN = CBN. DDQ + SDQ + RTQ = RTQ) but BCV and GLV (both owned by Southern Cross) took it on their discretion to keep the 2 call signs separate (and to this day they still do).

So BCV covered Bendigo/Central Victoria and Ballarat/Western Victoria, while GLV covered Gippsland and Goulburn Valley and Albury. Even though technically Bendigo was the hub for the broader market anyway.

For some reason no other regional stations did the same in aggregation but apparently could have very easily done so. ABA (as it was then) left it up to licencees to go one way or another

EDIT: sorry, i didn’t see @shadowmask response first :no_mouth:


I did notice a GLV repeater at Echuca- that’s getting towards BCV8 territory but folk there would have probably watched GMV6 Shepparton as well.


GMV6 had translators in Eildon, Jerilderie, Deniliquin, and Alexandra while BTV6 had translators in Nhill, Warrnambool, Hamilton, and Portland.


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I would have thought Echuca was under BCV coverage area for central Victoria / Swan Hill but I know Echuca used to pop up in ads on the old GMV6 so suppose it could have fallen within the heritage GMV footprint thus making it a GLV :thinking:

EDIT: According to the myswitch website, Echuca either gets signal from Mt Alexander (Bendigo = BCV) and/or Mt Major (Shepparton = GLV), so depending on where they point their antennas they could get either… or both! Does not appear that there are any local translators there now, though.