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28 June, 2016 02:10 PM


Nine and TEN shows are on the move in most regional areas

By Editor

Remote and television, changing the channel


 All outstanding commercial negotiations for the delivery of Nine programming have now been completed - this includes all WIN joint venture and solus market areas. Please read below for details.

Heads-up channel surfers!

From 1 July, many TV shows will swap networks in some regional areas.

In some areas (see below), where you used to watch Channel Nine shows on WIN and TEN shows on Southern Cross, they’ll be flipped—so you’ll get TEN shows on WIN and Nine shows on Southern Cross. Oh, except for local news … they’ll still continue on their original channels.

Confused? It’s actually pretty simple … here’s some simple tips to get through the swap.

From 1 July 2016:

  • the TEN shows will now appear on channels 8/80s on WIN, and the Nine shows will be on channels 5/50s on Southern Cross/Nine
  • use your TV guide to check which channel the program you want is now on
  • change any scheduled recordings you have on the WIN or Southern Cross channels that are changing in your area
  • if you find WIN or Southern Cross channels have gone missing, try an auto-scan on your TV to get them back (you may need to delete all the channels first)—although most viewers will not need to do this as the changes will automatically happen
  • other TV services such as ABC, SBS, Prime, 7 Qld or GWN7 shouldn’t be affected.

Why have these changes occurred?

These changes are a result of commercial arrangements between the metropolitan broadcasters and their regional affiliates. In most (but not all) areas, the Nine Network affiliate has changed from WIN to Southern Cross, and likewise, in most (but not all) areas, Network Ten’s new affiliate is now WIN. These arrangements take effect from 1 July 2016.

The services not affected include:

  • National: ABC and SBS
  • Metropolitan commercial services: Seven, Nine, Ten
  • Regional services: Prime, 7Qld, GWN7, Southern Cross Tasmania, NBN Television
  • Remote services: Imparja.

Which areas are affected by the swap?

These changes in program line ups will occur in regional areas including:

Regional Queensland

Cairns, Townsville, Mackay Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba

Gold Coast is not affected

Southern NSW and ACT

Canberra, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Dubbo and the South Coast

Regional Victoria

Albury/Wodonga, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland





Parts of Regional SA

Riverland and Mount Gambier


All of Tasmania (Southern Cross 7 remains unchanged)

Regional WA

 Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Pilbara


 Western VAST satellite services

Which areas are not affected?

  • Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
  • Northern NSW (Gosford, Newcastle, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth and Taree) and the Gold Coast
  • Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf (Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Whyalla)
  • Remote Central and Eastern Australia (Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Longreach, Mount Isa, Lightning Ridge)
  • Eastern VAST satellite services

Where you’ll find the swapped channels from 1 July 2016

If you’re a channel surfer, you may not notice these changes because all your favourite shows will still be on, they’ll just be on different channels.


 Before 1 July 2016

After 1 July 2016

 8/81 WIN

8/88 WIN

 80 WIN HD (MPEG-4)

80 WIN HD (MPEG-4)

 82 GEM

81/86 one

 83/88 GO

82 Eleven

 84 Life (MPEG-4)


 85 eXtra (MPEG-4)

85 Gold (MPEG-4)

 86 Gold (MPEG-4)


Southern Cross/Nine

 Before 1 July 2016

After 1 July 2016

 5 Southern Cross

5/51 Nine

 50 one HD

50 9HD (MPEG-4)

 54 TVSN

52 9GEM

 55 Eleven

53 9 GO


54 9Life (MPEG-4) Coming soon 

 56 Aspire

56 Aspire (MPEG-4)

More information

Broadcaster information

This advice has been prepared from information provided by the broadcasters. For the latest information, check on the broadcasters’ websites:

  • Southern Cross/Nine information available from:   
  • WIN/TEN information available from:

Information about TV reception problems

  • After 1 July, if you start to experience difficulties with TV reception on other channels—such as ABC, SBS, Prime/7 Qld—it’s most likely a coincidence.
  • If you have had to perform an auto-scan and live in a TV coverage overlap area, you may need to perform a manual tune for the best channels in your area. Check with mySwitch to find the channels of the TV tower that provides the best TV coverage for your area.
  • If you are still experiencing reception problems, we recommend that you contact an experienced antenna installer to check that your receive system is in good working order and correctly set-up. For information on TV reception, go to the ACMA TV reception hub at