ABD (TV station)

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Darwin, Northern Territory
Channels Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 2
Affiliations ABC Television
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date 13 August 1971
Call letters' meaning ABC Darwin
Former channel number(s) Analog: 6 (VHF)(1971-2013)
Transmitter power 80 kW (analog)
85 kW (digital)
Height 80 m (analog)
147 m (digital)[1]
Transmitter coordinates

12°26′55″S 130°50′12″E / 12.44861°S 130.83667°E / -12.44861; 130.83667 (ABD) (analog)

12°24′52″S 130°58′9″E / 12.41444°S 130.96917°E / -12.41444; 130.96917 (ABD) (digital)
Website www.abc.net.au/tv
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

ABD is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television station in Darwin, Northern Territory. The station was the first to go to air in Darwin, on 13 August 1971. Its studios are located in the inner city of Darwin, with (now defunct) analog transmitter on Blake Street and digital transmitter on Deloraine Road. The station is received throughout the territory through a number of relay transmitters, as well as by satellite on the Optus Aurora platform.

Local programming[edit]

ABD follows a schedule similar to the ABC's statewide stations, opting out regularly for local news, current affairs and sport programming.

The nightly local ABC News is presented by Eleni Roussos on weeknights and Nadia Daly on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incorporate a national finance segment presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.

ABD also airs live coverage of Northern Territory Football League matches every Saturday afternoon during the season..

The analogue signal for ABD was shut off at 9.00am CST, Tuesday, 30 July 2013.

Relay stations[edit]

The following stations relay ABD throughout the Northern Territory:

Call Region served City Channels
First air date 3rd letter’s
Transmitter coordinates Transmitter location
ABAD Alice Springs Alice Springs 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
16 December 1972 Alice Springs 0.5 kW
0.125 kW
205 m
205 m
23°43′20″S 133°51′24″E / 23.72222°S 133.85667°E / -23.72222; 133.85667 (ABAD) West Gap
ABKD Katherine Katherine 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
21 December 1974 Katherine 1.2 kW
0.3 kW
32 m
32 m
14°28′20″S 132°16′45″E / 14.47222°S 132.27917°E / -14.47222; 132.27917 (ABKD) Katherine
ABTD Tennant Creek Tennant Creek 9 (VHF)
9A (VHF)
21 December 1974 Tennant Creek 2 kW
0.5 kW
110 m
114 m
19°38′3″S 134°13′25″E / 19.63417°S 134.22361°E / -19.63417; 134.22361 (ABTD) Tennant Creek


See also[edit]


  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.

Coordinates: 12°27′51.32″S 130°50′39.93″E / 12.4642556°S 130.8444250°E / -12.4642556; 130.8444250