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Southern Cross hits 50

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

The Broken Hill Southern Cross Television team (from left) Stacey Ferguson, Patrick Reincke and Cilla Mahoney. The Broken Hill Southern Cross Television team (from left) Stacey Ferguson, Patrick Reincke and Cilla Mahoney.

By Emily Ferguson

Southern Cross Television is celebrating 50 years of broadcast television in South Australia. 

Southern Cross TV now broadcasts all three major television networks, Seven, Nine and Ten as well as all their affiliated multi-channels to over 130,000 people across the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill regions after beginning as one of South Australia’s television pioneers.

On March 1, 1968 Southern Cross TV was known as Spencer Gulf Telecasters and became South Australia’s second regional television channel. It was best known by its broadcast signal, GTS.

Six years later in 1974, GTS merged with Broken Hill broadcaster BKN to form GTS/BKN. This station then oversaw many changes together in television broadcasting history including the introduction of colour television to Australia in 1975.

A landmark deal in 2003 saw the Southern Cross Broadcasting group acquire a second television license in regional South Australia, therefore allowing GTS/BKN to broadcast Channel Seven while a new channel, Southern Cross Ten, would broadcast the Ten Network. 

In 2010, a third license was added and now in its fiftieth year, Southern Cross TV broadcasts Australia’s three dominant commercial television networks. 

Southern Cross News is regional South Australia’s only local television news service. A half-hour news program every weeknight from 6.30pm covers the stories that matter most across the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill region.

Southern Cross Television continues to be a proud, longstanding regional employer. From humble beginnings as a broadcast station in Port Pirie, to now having offices in Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Broken Hill. 

Stacey Ferguson has been a Southern Cross Television employee for the past seven years, as the media sales executive.

“Since I’ve been here many things have changed such as the introduction of digital television and multi channels,” she said. 

Southern Cross Television celebrated their 50 year anniversary with a coordinated morning tea in each of the five offices across the Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill regions.

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