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List of Australian television callsigns

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Callsign suffixes
Q Queensland
N New South Wales
C Canberra
V Victoria
T Tasmania
D Northern Territory
S South Australia
W Western Australia

This is a list of Australian television callsigns. When a television broadcaster is granted a licence, a callsign is allocated. For commercial networks, these are generally three letters. The first two letters are selected by the licensee; and the third letter indicates the state or territory the station is located in. Sometimes the third letter is used as part of the acronym or mnemonic to name the station - for example GTV (General Television Corporation) represents 'General TeleVision' or 'General TV', although the V stands for Victoria.

Callsigns in Australia do not include ITU prefixes. If one is required, "VL" is used. So, for example, GTV in an international context would actually be 'VLGTV'.

With the onset of aggregation in regional areas, and now digital television, the callsigns do not retain the meaning that they did in the past. Stations will sometimes change frequency, or have different frequencies at different locations, such as re-transmission sites, where the same signal is re-broadcast in a different area. However the three letter codes have generally not changed and are still used within the industry. A list of callsigns is shown below, with original explanations of the callsigns:

New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory


  • ABNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation New South Wales
  • ATNAmalgamated Television New South Wales
  • TCNTelevision Corporation New South Wales
  • TENTen New South Wales (also to spell the word TEN)


Southern NSW/Australian Capital Territory

  • ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Canberra
  • ABWN - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Wollongong New South Wales
  • ABSN - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Southern New South Wales
  • ABCN - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Central New South Wales
  • ABMN - Australian Broadcasting Corporation M New South Wales
  • ABQN - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Q New South Wales
  • CTC - Capital Television Canberra
  • WIN - Wollongong Illawarra New South Wales
  • CBN - Central Broadcasting New South Wales

Northern NSW

  • ABDNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Dorrigo New South Wales
  • ABHNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Hunter River New South Wales
  • ABMINAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mungindi New South Wales
  • ABRNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Richmond and Tweed New South Wales
  • ABTNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Taree New South Wales
  • ABUNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Upper Namoi New South Wales
  • NBNNewcastle Broadcasting New South Wales
  • NENNew England New South Wales
  • NRNNorthern Rivers New South Wales
  • RTNRichmond and Tweed Heads New South Wales
  • ECNEast Coast New South Wales

Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

  • ABGNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Griffith New South Wales
  • MTNMurrumbidgee Television New South Wales
  • AMNAlbury Murray New South Wales
  • MDNMurrumbidgee Digital New South Wales

Broken Hill

  • ABLNAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Broken Hill New South Wales
  • BKNBroken Hill New South Wales
  • SCNSouthern Cross New South Wales
  • BDNBroken Hill Digital Television New South Wales



  • ABVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Victoria
  • HSVHerald Sun Victoria
  • GTVGeneral Television Victoria
  • ATVAustarama Television Victoria
  • MGV - Melbourne Geelong Victoria


  • ABAVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Albury Victoria
  • AMVAlbury Murray Victoria
  • ABEVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Bendigo Victoria
  • BCVBendigo Central Victoria
  • ABGVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Goulburn Valley Victoria
  • GMVGoulburn Murray Victoria
  • ABLVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Latrobe Valley Victoria
  • GLVGippsland Latrobe Valley Victoria
  • ABRVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Ballarat Victoria
  • BTVBallarat Television Victoria
  • ABSVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Swan Hill Victoria
  • ABWVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Western Victoria
  • VTVVic Television Victoria

Mildura and Sunraysia

  • ABMVAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mildura Victoria
  • STVSunraysia Television Victoria
  • PTVPrime Television Victoria
  • MDVMildura Digital Television Victoria



  • ABQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Queensland
  • BTQBrisbane Television Queensland
  • QTQQueensland Television Queensland
  • TVQTeleVision Queensland


  • ABCTQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Clermont Queensland
  • ABDQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Darling Downs Queensland
  • ABEQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Emerald Queensland
  • ABGQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Goondiwindi Queensland
  • ABMQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mackay Queensland
  • ABMSQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Miles Queensland
  • ABNQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation North Queensland
  • ABRQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Rockhampton Queensland
  • ABSQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Southern Downs Queensland
  • ABSEQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Springsure Queensland
  • ABTQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Townsville Queensland
  • ABWQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Wide Bay Queensland
  • STQSunshine Television Queensland
  • RTQRockhampton Television Queensland
  • TNQTelecasters North Queensland

Mount Isa

  • ABIQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mount Isa Queensland
  • ITQ – Mount Isa Telecasters Queensland
  • IDQITQ Digital Queensland
  • MIQMount Isa Queensland

Northern Peninsula

  • ABNPQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Northern Peninsula Queensland
  • FNQFar North Queensland
  • NCQNorth Cairns Queensland.
  • SNQSunshine Television Far Northern Queensland


  • ABAQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Alpha Queensland
  • ABAAQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Augathella Queensland
  • ABBQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Barcaldine Queensland
  • ABBLQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Blackall Queensland
  • ABCAQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Cunnamulla Queensland
  • ABCEQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Charleville Queensland
  • ABCLQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Cloncurry Queensland
  • ABDIQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Dirranbandi Queensland
  • ABHQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Hughenden Queensland
  • ABJQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Julia Creek Queensland
  • ABLQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Longreach Queensland
  • ABMLQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mitchell Queensland
  • ABMNQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Morven Queensland
  • ABRAQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Roma Queensland
  • ABRDQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Richmond Queensland
  • ABSGQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation St. George Queensland
  • ABWNQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Winton Queensland

South Australia


  • ABSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation South Australia
  • SASSouth Australian Telecasters South Australia
  • NWS – The News South Australia
  • ADSAdelaide South Australia (also said to stand for Advertiser South Australia, named after the sister newspaper The Advertiser and radio station 5AD)
  • CTSCommunity Television South Australia


Mount Gambier/South East

  • ABGSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mount Gambier South Australia
  • SESSouth East South Australia
  • MGSMount Gambier South Australia
  • SDSSouth East Digital Television South Australia


  • ABRSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Riverland South Australia
  • RTSRiverland Television South Australia
  • LRSLoxton Riverland South Australia
  • RDSRiverland Digital Television South Australia

Port Pirie/Spencer Gulf North

  • ABNSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Spencer Gulf North South Australia
  • GTSGulf Telecasters South Australia
  • SGSSpencer Gulf South Australia
  • GDS – Spencer Gulf Digital Television South Australia


  • ABCSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Ceduna South Australia
  • ABLCSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Leigh Creek South Australia
  • ABWSAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Woomera South Australia

Western Australia


  • ABWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Western Australia
  • TVWTelevision Western Australia
  • STWSwan Television Western Australia
  • NEWNew Western Australia (also to spell the word NEW)
  • CTWCommunity Television Western Australia


South West and Great Southern

  • ABAWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Albany Western Australia
  • ABCWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Central Agricultural area Western Australia
  • ABSWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation South West Western Australia
  • SSWSouth West and Great Southern Western Australia
  • SDWSSW Digital Western Australia


  • ABKWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Kalgoorlie Western Australia
  • ABEWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Esperance Western Australia
  • ABNWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Norseman Western Australia
  • ABSBWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Southern Cross/Bullfinch Western Australia
  • VEWView Western Australia
  • VDWVEW Digital Western Australia


  • ABGWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Geraldton Western Australia
  • ABCMWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Morawa Western Australia
  • GTWGeraldton Telecasters Western Australia
  • GDWGTW Digital Western Australia

Remote and Regional Western Australia

  • WOW - WIN of Western Australia

Remote Western Zone

  • ABCNWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Carnarvon Western Australia
  • ABDWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Dampier Western Australia
  • ABKAWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Karratha Western Australia
  • ABMWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Moora Western Australia
  • ABPHWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Port Hedland Western Australia
  • ABRBWAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Roebourne Western Australia
  • WAWWestern Australia Western Australia
  • WDWWAW Digital Western Australia


  • ABTAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Tasmania
  • ABKTAustralian Broadcasting Corporation King Island Tasmania
  • ABNTAustralian Broadcasting Corporation North Eastern Tasmania
  • TVTTeleVision Tasmania
  • TNTTelevision Northern Tasmania
  • TDTTasmanian Digital Television

Northern Territory


  • ABDAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Darwin
  • NTDNorthern Territory Darwin
  • TNDTelecasters Northern Territory Darwin
  • DTDDigital Television Darwin


  • ABADAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Alice Springs Darwin
  • ABKDAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Katherine Darwin
  • ABTDAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Tennant Creek Darwin

Other callsigns


  • SBSSpecial Broadcasting Service

Remote Central and Eastern Australia

  • IMPImparja Television
  • QQQQueensland Queensland Queensland
  • CDTCentral Digital Television

Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • ACTAboriginal Community Television
  • HPOHigh Power Open Narrowcaster

Note: The callsign HPO is used by all local Indigenous-owned open-narrowcast services.

Former callsigns

  • CWNCentral Western Slopes New South Wales
  • ECNEast Coast New South Wales
  • RTNRichmond and Tweed New South Wales
  • RVNRiverina New South Wales
  • BTVBallarat Television Victoria
  • GMVGoulburn Murray Victoria
  • ABMKQAustralian Broadcasting Corporation Mary Kathleen Queensland
  • DDQDarling Downs Queensland
  • FNQFar Northern Queensland
  • MVQMackay Vision Queensland
  • SDQSouthern Downs Queensland
  • SEQSouth East Queensland
  • WBQWide Bay Queensland
  • CTQCommunity Television Queensland
  • ACEAdelaide Community and Educational Television
  • BTWBunbury Television Western Australia
  • GSWGreat Southern Western Australia
  • ATWAccess Television Western Australia
  • CTSCommunity Television Sydney
  • TSNTelevision Sydney New South Wales

See also


  • "TV broadcasters call signs and IDs" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. 24 June 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.

External links

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