TCN is the Sydney flagship television station of the Nine Network in Australia and is located at Willoughby. The licence, issued to a company named Television Corporation Ltd headed by Sir Frank Packer, was one of the first four licences (two in Sydney, two in Melbourne) to be issued for commercial television stations in Australia. TCN-9 is the home of the NRL coverage and national-level Nine News bulletins.
TCN began broadcasting on 16 September 1956, and became the first station in Australia to begin regular transmissions. Test broadcasts, initially consisting of a test slide and later documentaries and dramas, had commenced two months earlier on 13 July 1956. The first TV tower was built there in 1956, but was replaced by a taller one in 1965 which is the tallest lattice tower in Australia at 233 metres, and is now operated by TXA Australia which operates another tower nearby at Artarmon.
The first words spoken on the station were by John Godson, who introduced the station audio-only, shortly before the first program, This Is Television, was introduced by Bruce Gyngell. As Godson's voice only was heard, Gyngell (who spoke and was seen) is regarded as the first person to "appear" on Australian television. Original footage of Gyngell's opening address is not believed to exist, with the oft-screened "opening" footage being re-created in 1959 for archival purposes. Other early programming included the 1958 variety music program Bandstand which was launched by Brian Henderson. It lasted for 14 years on the station and launched the careers of many Australian performers.
In 1957, the station formed an affiliation with Melbourne station HSV-7, allowing them to share programming. In 1963, station affiliations changed; TCN-9 formed part of the National Television Network with GTV-9 in Melbourne, QTQ-9 in Brisbane and NWS-9 in Adelaide. These stations formed the basis of what is now the Nine Network, although only the Sydney and Melbourne stations were owned by the Packer-controlled company Nine Network Limited.
On Sir Frank Packer's death in 1974 ownership of Nine Network passed to his younger son Kerry Packer. Kerry's older brother Clyde Packer had been groomed to take over from their father but after a bitter split with his father ca. 1970 he relinquished his role in the company and subsequently moved to the USA. In January 1987, Kerry Packer sold the Sydney and Melbourne stations to Alan Bond's Bond Media for $1.055 billion, including $200 million in shares of Bond Media. Bond already owned the Perth and Brisbane Nine affiliate stations (among others). In 1990, Bond Media's inability to pay out preference shares to Packer forced Nine into receivership. In July 1990, Packer bought back the expanded Nine network (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) for only $200 million, one-fifth of what he sold it for. Perth was not included due to Bond selling it to Sunraysia Television before Packer buying back the company.
In 1994, Packer's print operations (owned by Australian Consolidated Press) and the Nine Network were merged into one new company, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL). On 1 October 1997, TCN-9 performed the first on-air trial of digital broadcasting in the southern hemisphere.
TCN commenced digital television transmission in January 2001, broadcasting on VHF Channel 8 while maintaining analogue transmission on VHF Channel 9. The analogue signal for TCN was shut off at 9.00am AEDST, Tuesday, 3 December 2013.Nine News Sydney
60 Minutes (introduced 1979)
Today Extra (2016–present)
The Footy Show (NRL) (1994–present)
Inside Story (2014-present)
The Verdict (2015-present)
The Sunday Footy Show
Nine's Wide World of Sports (1981–1999, 2008–present)
Nine News updates (2014–present)
Nine News Now (late 2015-present)
A Current Affair (2012–present)
Today news updates during OB(2014–present)
Nine's Early Morning News (2009-present)
Nine's Morning News (2009-present)
Nine's Afternoon News (2009-present)
A Current Affair (February 2016-present)
William & Sparkles' Magical Tales (2010–present)
Kitchen Whiz (2011–present)
Move It (2013–present)
Schools Spectacular (2013–present)
Financial Review Sunday (2013-2014)
Nine News At 7.00 (2013, on GEM)
Kerri-Anne (entitled Mornings With Kerri-Anne) (2002–2011)
Hi-5 (1999–2011) (Eleven 2014-)
Nightline (introduced 1992-2008, 2009–2010)
Nine News Sunday AM Edition (2008–2009)
Things To Try Before You Die (2007)
The Chopping Block (2008)
Domestic Blitz (2008–2010)
The Music Jungle (2007–2008)* The Sunday Roast (2004–2007)
Your Business Success (2004–2007)
A Current Affair (1988-2008 - production moved to Melbourne) (2012-)
Accent on Strings (1956)
Accent on Youth (1958)
Australia's Amateur Hour (1957-1958)
Body Work (2005)
Boots N' All (2001–2005)
Campfire Favourites (1956)
Fresh Cooking (2001–2009)
Burke's Backyard (1987–2004)
Burgo's Catch Phrase (1997-2003)
Eric Baume's Viewpoint (1959-1961)
Eunice Gardiner Presents (1958)
Fun Farm (1956-1957)
The George Wallace Show (1960)
Happy Go Lucky (1961)
The Home Show (1956-1957)
The Johnny O'Connor Show (1956)
Joe Martin's Late Show (1959)
The Lucky Show (1959-1961)
The Midday Show (1973–1998)
Music for You (1958-1960)
My Two Wives (1993)
The N.R.M.A Show (1957)
Outback Jack (2004/05)
Rendezvous at Romano's (1957)
The Block (2003–2004, 2013-All Stars edition)*production moved to GTV
The Sullivans (1976–1983)
Say It with Music (1957-1958)
Skating on Thin Ice (2005)
So Fresh (2003–2006)
Super Flying Fun Show (1970-1980)
This Afternoon (2009)
This Is Your Life (1995–2005)*production moved to GTV
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice (2006)
Town Talk (1957)
TV Disc Jockey (1957-1958)
Water Rats (1996–2001)
What's My Line (1956-1958)
Wide World of Sports (1981–1999)
The World of Glamour (1964-1965)
The Young Doctors (1976–1983)
The Paul Hogan Show (1973–1984)
Comedy Inc. (parts) (2003–2007)
Nine News Sydney is TCN's flagship nightly news bulletin presented by Peter Overton on Sunday to Thursday nights and Georgie Gardner on Friday & Saturday nights. Sports news is presented by Cameron Williams on Sunday to Thursday nights and TBD on Friday and Saturday nights. Amber Sherlock presents the weather on weekdays. Deborah Knight, Leila McKinnon and Wendy Kingston are the regular fill-in presenters.
Brian Henderson was Nine's Sydney news presenter for a record 45 years - including 38 years presenting on weeknights. Retiring in November 2002, Henderson was succeeded as weeknight presenter by Jim Waley, who was at the time host of the Sunday program and was one of Nine's most experienced presenters.
In January 2005, after falling ratings against Seven's Ian Ross, Waley was replaced as weeknight presenter by Mark Ferguson, who was previously the weekend presenter. Ferguson's successor as weekend presenter Mike Munro resigned in 2008 and was replaced by Michael Usher.
In 2009, following a continuing run of poor ratings, Ferguson was demoted to his former role as weekend news presenter, with Peter Overton taking over as news presenter on weeknights. Later in the year, Ferguson was removed from the presenting duties on the Sydney bulletins after announcing his decision to move to the Seven Network, but he didn't move to Seven until he trialled the hosting duties on Nine's Afternoon News only appearing on-air up until his departure on September 25, 2009.
Georgie Gardner was appointed as Friday & Saturday night presenter with Peter Overton now also presenting the Sunday night bulletin.
During 2011, Nine News Sydney officially overtook Seven News Sydney in the ratings for the first time in seven years, winning 21 weeks compared to Seven's 14 weeks.