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Birthplace of Adelaide TV may close

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Author: David Washington, Indaily

CHANNEL Nine's historic Tynte Street studios could be heading for closure, with the station's parent company refusing to comment on speculation that it will move its Adelaide operations to the ABC headquarters at Collinswood.

The Tynte Street studios are the birthplace of television in South Australia, with the first broadcast happening there on 5 September 1959.

Rumours are quietly circulating about the potential move, and none of the key players are denying that it's under negotiation.

Channel Nine in Adelaide is owned by the Wollongong-based WIN Corporation, which has a little known connection with the ABC. The ABC and WIN are partners in an autonomous company - Media Hub - which packages and distributes digital content.

Indaily asked Channel Nine in Adelaide about the Tynte St speculation last Friday, but it referred the queries to WIN Corporation's headquarters in Wollongong. Indaily put the speculation to WIN's corporate public relations firm yesterday, but it did not respond before our deadline today.

The ABC's state director, Sandra Winter-Dewhirst, told Indaily the ABC was seeking new tenants for its under-utlised building on North-East Road, but she would not name any of the parties with which it was negotiating.

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