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First air date
|5 April 1965|
Former channel number(s)
|Analog: 10 (VHF) (1965–2013)|
Call sign meaning
|Television Enterprises New South Wales|
|Australian Communications and Media Authority|
|ERP||200 kW (analog)|
50 kW (digital)
|HAAT||249 m (analog)|
251 m (digital)
TEN is Network 10's flagship station in Sydney. It was originally owned and operated by United Telecasters Sydney Limited (UTSL), and began transmission on 5 April 1965 with the highlight of the opening night being the variety special TV Spells Magic. It also serves as the Australian headquarters of Paramount.
Ten commenced broadcasting on 5 April 1965 after United Telecasters was granted a Sydney commercial broadcasting licence. Shareholders in United Telecasters included Amalgamated Wireless, Colonial Sugar Refining and Email with 14% each, Bank of New South Wales with 7.5% and the NRMA with 2.5%.
TEN often lagged in the ratings behind the more established commercial channels TCN (Nine) and ATN (Seven) who had dominated viewing habits in Sydney for eight years. The turning point came in 1972 with the premiere of the raunchy soap opera series Number 96 which immediately lifted TEN's overall profile and helped raise the ailing network to No. 1 position by 1973.
TEN launched Australia's first metropolitan nightly one-hour news bulletin in 1975, while NBN-3 in Newcastle was first to air a one-hour news service in Australia in 1972. In 1978, Katrina Lee became only the third female TV newsreader on Australian TV – the first being Melody Iliffe on QTQ-9. The current anchor for the 10 News First 5pm Sydney news bulletin on weeknights is Sandra Sully.
TEN commenced digital television transmission on 1 January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 11 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 10.
The analogue signal for TEN was shut off at 9.00am AEDST, Tuesday, 3 December 2013.
TEN's broadcast facilities have been in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont since 1997. These studios feature a large open plan newsroom and news-set where all Ten's national and local Sydney news bulletins are produced. This facility is also the network's head office and broadcasts the network signal to other cities. When TEN-10 opened in 1965, it operated from newly built studio facilities at North Ryde, these were sold in the 1990s when the network underwent financial turmoil. The North Ryde complex, which was used by Global Television in recent years, was demolished in September 2007. Following the move from North Ryde in 1991, TEN relocated to a small warehouse in Ultimo, and then to new studios in nearby Pyrmont in May 1997. Most series are produced on location or at external studios by external companies, but a few programs are made in-house by TEN.
Current programs produced at Ten's Pyrmont Studios
- 10 News First (Sydney Edition)
- 10 News First (Queensland Edition) (Sep 2020–present)
- 10 News First (Adelaide edition) (2023–present)
- 10 News First (National Weekend Edition)
- 10 News First: Midday (Weekdays, 2023–present)
- Studio 10 (2013–present)
- The Sunday Project (2017–present, shared with Melbourne studios)
- MotoGP coverage (2019–2023)
Past productions at Ten's Sydney Studios
- 10 News First (Perth Edition) (2001–2008, Sep 2020–2023)
- Rugby coverage (2019–2020)
- Supercars coverage (1997–2006, 2015–2020)
- Rugby World Cup Live Coverage (1995, 2007, 2019)
- Sports Tonight (1993–2011, 2018–2019
- Hughesy, We Have a Problem (2018–2021)
- Celebrity Name Game (2019)
- The Loop on 10 Peach (2012–2020)
- The Living Room (2012–2019)
- Pointless (2018–2019)
- Show Me the Movie! (2018–2019)
- Family Feud (2017–2018; 2020)
- Cram! (2017)
- Rugby coverage (2013–2016, moved to ATV Melbourne 2017–2019)
- Formula One coverage (2003–2017)
- Wake Up (2013–2014)
- Ten Eyewitness News Early (2006–2012, 2013–2014)
- Ten Eyewitness News Morning (1980–1990, 1994–2012, 2013–2014)
- Ten Eyewitness News Late (1991–2011, 2012–2014)
- Revealed (2013)
- Wanted (2013)
- The Bachelor Australia: After the Final Rose Special (2013)
- Ready Steady Cook (2005–2012)
- Breakfast (2012)
- 6.30 with George Negus (2011)
- The Game Plan (NRL) (2011–2013)
- World Football News (2009–2011, ONE HD)
- The Pro Shop (2009–2011, ONE HD)
- Overtime (2009–2011, ONE HD)
- MVP (2009–2010, ONE HD)
- Thursday Night Live (2009–2010, ONE HD)
- Friday Night Download (2008)
- The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (2005–2006)
- Big Brother: Uncut (2003–2004)
- Big Brother: The Insider (2003)
- RPM (1997–2008, 2011–2012, 2015–2020)
- Cheez TV (1995–2005)
- Meet the Press (1992–2011, 2013–2014)
- Video Hits (1987–2011)
- Good Morning Australia (1981–1992)
- Number 96 (1972–1977)
- Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest (1966–1970)
News and current affairs
TEN-10 produces a 90-minute local news program on weeknights from its studios at Pyrmont. 10 News First Sydney is presented by Sandra Sully on weekdays and Chris Bath on weekends with sport presenters Matt Burke (Monday-Friday) and Scott Mackinnon (Saturday and Sunday), weather presenters Josh Holt (weekdays) and Amanda Jason (weekends) and traffic reporter Vic Lorusso.
The 5pm bulletin was presented for almost eleven years by Ron Wilson and Jessica Rowe, between 1996 and 2005, when Rowe moved to present the Nine Network's Today. She was replaced by the network's US correspondent Deborah Knight from 2006. Wilson anchored the nightly Sydney news until January 2009 when he became a presenter of the national Early News and was replaced by Bill Woods. Knight was replaced by Sully in October 2011 following the axing of the network's long-running late night news program, as a result with Knight's decision to move to the Nine Network. Sully became sole anchor after Woods' departure on 30 November 2012, following the network's decision not to renew his contract.
Fill-in presenters include Scott Mackinnon (Sport) and Amanda Duval or Amanda Hart (Weather).
As of September 2020, TEN-10 also oversees studio production of the Brisbane edition of 10 News First. The Brisbane and Sydney bulletins are presented by Sandra Sully, combining local opt-outs for news, sport and weather with some shared content. For three years TEN-10 also produced the Perth edition for viewers in WA until production returned to Perth in 2023, and instead co-produces the Adelaide edition for audiences in South Australia.
Presenters and reporters
- Scott Mackinnon (Sport)
- Amanda Duval
- Amanda Hart (Weather)
- Melinda Nucifora
- Daniel Sutton
- Kimberley Soekov
- Amanda Hart
- Joe Hill
- Jessica Turner (Health)
- Hannah Maguire
- Angela Bishop (Entertainment)
- Adam Walters
- HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
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- Sandra Sully replaces Deborah Knight and joins Bill Woods in Ten news revamp at 5pm, late news cancelled, Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2011
- McKnight, Robert (11 August 2020). "BREAKING – REDUNDANCIES AT 10 NEWS AND CHANGES AT STUDIO 10". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 11 August 2020.