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ABD is the Australian Broadcasting Corporationmarker's television station in Darwinmarker, Northern Territorymarker. The station was the first to go to air in Darwin, on August 13, 1971. Its studios are located in the inner city of Darwin, with 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

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

The nightly 7pm state news bulletin ABC News Northern Territory is presented by Michael Coggan on weeknights and Margie Smithurst on weekends. The weeknight bulletins also incoprorate national finance and sport segements presented by Alan Kohler in Melbourne and Peter Wilkins in Sydney respectively.

Stateline Northern Territorymarker, is a weekly current affairs program broadcast at 7:30pm on Friday nights and presented by Margie Smithurst.

ABD also airs live coverage of Northern Territory Football League matches every Saturday afternoon during the season and the grand final of the Tiwi Islands Football League, simulcast nationally with ABC2.

Relay Stations

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 Springsmarker Alice Springsmarker 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
December 16, 1972 Alice Springs 0.5 kW
0.125 kW
205 m
205 m
West Gap
ABKD Katherinemarker Katherinemarker 7 (VHF)
8 (VHF)
December 21, 1974 Katherine 1.2 kW
0.3 kW
32 m
32 m
ABTD Tennant Creekmarker Tennant Creekmarker 9 (VHF)
December 21, 1974 Tennant Creek 2 kW 110 m Tennant Creekmarker
  • 1. HAAT estimated from using EHAAT.

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