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Check your knowledge with these curious Australian regional commercial television facts. Hover over the question to reveal the answer.

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Question:

Which was the first Australian regional commercial television station to commence regular transmission?

Answer:

GLV Latrobe Valley (Traralgon), which commenced regular service on 9 December 1961.

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Question:

Which regional commercial station was known as the Two States Station due to the location of its studio and transmitter in separate states?

Answer:

AMV Upper Murray (Albury). Its studios were located in Union Road Lavington (NSW) while its transmitter was at Mount Barraduda (Vic).

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Question:

What was the longest-running non-news program to be produced at a regional commercial television station?

Answer:

The cooking program, Radiant Living, which was produced at FNQ Cairns from 1966 until 1995.

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Question:

Which regional stations produced their own local versions of the international pre-school program Romper Room?

Answer:

RTN Richmond-Tweed (Lismore), NBN Newcastle, CBN Central Tablelands (Orange)/ CWN Central Western Slopes (Dubbo) and MTN Murrumbidgee Irrigation Areas (Griffith).

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Question:

Which regional station was completely destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974.

Answer:

NTD Darwin. The station was off-air for 10 months and resumed a limited service in October 1975.

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Question:

Which regional station was the 'birthplace' of GWN7 mascot Doopa Dog?

Answer:

GTW Geraldton.

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Question:

Which regional station was known as the 'Top of the Nation' station?

Answer:

FNQ Cairns.

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Question:

Which regional station opened at 7pm on 7 September and broadcast on channel 7?

Answer:

RTQ Rockhampton.

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Question:

Which regional station was the first Australian television station to cease trading because of financial difficulties?

Answer:

ECN Manning River (Taree). The station was subsequently taken over by NEN Upper Namoi (Tamworth).