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DATE OF FIRST TRANSMISSIONS:
TVW7 Perth 16 October 1959 ABW2 (ABC) Perth 7 May 1960 STW9 Perth 12 June 1965 BTW Bunbury 10 March 1967 GSW Southern Agricultural Area 23 August 1968 ABSW (ABC) Bunbury 10 May 1965 ABCW (ABC) Central Agricultural Area 28 March 1966 ABAW (ABC) Southern Agricultural Area 6 June 1966 ABGW (ABC) Geraldton Area 8 December 1969 ABKW (ABC) Kalgoorlie Area 27 January 1970 MTN Mining TV Network 15 October 1970 ABNW Norseman 4 April 1971 VEW Kalgoorlie Area 18 June 1971 ABCNW Carnarvon 30 June 1972 ABDW Karratha 17 December 1973 ABKAW Dampier 17 December 1973 ABPHW Port Hedland 3 October 1973 ABRBW Roebourne 17 December 1973 ABSBW Southern Cross/Bullfinch 16 July 1973 GTW Geraldton 21 January 1977
THE GOLDEN WEST NETWORK
is made up of BTW Bunbury and GSW Mount Barker. The network has translators at Albany, Katanning Wagin, Narrogin and Quairading. It serves the south west and eastern wheat belt of W.A. The population in the primary coverage area is put at 186,270.
VEW COLOUR NETWORK
serves Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Coolgardie, Kambalda, Merredin, Westonia, Narembeen, Bruce Rock Nungarin, Norseman-Dundas, York, Northam Shire, Beverley, Tammin, Cunderdin, Kellerberrin. The population in the primary coverage area is 78,645. Of this an estimated 75,499 have TV sets.
GTW serves Geraldton, Northampton, Mullewa, Morawa, Dongara, Mingenew, Three Springs, Kalbarri, Irwin, Greenborough. The population in the primary coverage area is 51,150. Of this population 50,127 have TV.
MINING TELEVISION NETWORK
The Mining Network operates eight stations in W.A.'s North West, Groote Eylandt and Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. It services a 'sparsely populated market of some 25,000 which has perhaps the highest per capita income rate in Australia'. (Adnews, 13/7/1984)
According to the 1981 census some 11.5 % of the State's population do not receive commercial TV. This figure is double the national average. Only the Northern Territory has a bigger percentage of the State's population without a TV service. The domestic satellite should change this.