Channel 39 (New Zealand)

Channel 39, also known as Southern Television (and formerly Dunedin Television and Channel 9), is a regional television station operating in Dunedin, New Zealand. The channel is a division of Allied Press, who also publish the local daily newspaper Otago Daily Times.

Channel 39
Broadcast areaOtago and Southland, New Zealand
Picture formatPAL
OwnerAllied Press
Former namesChannel 9, Dunedin Television
WebsiteOfficial Site
FreeviewChannel 39



Channel 39 first commenced transmission in 1995 as a tourism station. In 1997 the station was expanded into a news-carrying local station called Channel 9. In 2003, the channel underwent a reorientation of strategy to focus on local news and became a division of Allied Press.[1]

In March 2013, Channel 9 was rebranded as Dunedin Television when New Zealand switched to digital television. In addition, the channel's broadcast channel was changed to Freeview HD Channel 39. The station's chief executive Daryl Clarkson said that company had chosen the name Channel 39 "because it included the number nine and would hold the heritage of Channel 9."[2] Channel 39 also entered into partnerships with local organisations including the Dunedin City Council. On 1 September 2016, Channel 39 extended its coverage to include Invercargill and adopted the name "Southern Television."[1]

Between 24 March 1981 and 9 September 2016, the channel's owner Allied Press had registered the name Southern Television as an incorporated subsidiary with the New Zealand Companies Office.[3]


As a division of Allied Press, Channel 39 has an office at the company's headquarters in Stuart Street and also operates a branch office in Invercargill. The channel operates a live-to-air studio and small production house. They also produce commercials and short programmes. Channel 39 also works with outside broadcast facilities to facilitate the broadcast of local and sporting events in Dunedin and Invercargill.[1]

Live Events

39 Southern Television has an Outside Broadcast unit. The purpose built van provides flexibility to cover local events live on air from various locations around Dunedin. The Outside Broadcast (OB) facility has been built by technical staff at Allied Press and was first used to broadcast the Dunedin Santa Parade live on television on December 4, 2005.[4]

The mobile unit is fitted out as a purpose built portable studio complete with digital video mixer, graphics capability, sound and editing facilities. It can also accommodate up to sic cameras, and be run single handed or with multiple crews. The unit can be powered by 240 volts or run from its own self-contained power supply for maximum flexibility.[4]

Local programmes

39 Southern Television provides a 24-hour schedule and provides a core of locally focused primetime viewing. The programming includes its flagship locally produced The South Today, Southern Newsweek, Dunedin Diary, Scarfie Land, Southern Attractions, local sports and event coverage as well as programming from local, national and international partners.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

The South Today

The South Today is a half-hour live television news that is broadcast daily at 5:30pm, with repeat transmissions at 7pm and 9:30pm. The programme is funded by New Zealand On Air.[5][11]

Southern Newsweek

Southern Newsweek is a roundup of the weeks news from Dunedin. It consists of stories from the weekly news broadcasts.[6]

Dunedin Television

Dunedin Diary is a weekly current affairs, lifestyle and arts magazine show hosted by veteran TVNZ 1 broadcaster Dougal Stevenson.[7]

Scarfie Land

Scarfie Land was a showcase of student life in Dunedin with its roots are derived from COW (Campus Otago Weekly) TV. From 2015, it was replaced by a Facebook updates page.[8] Broadcaster Clarke Gayford, who is the partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pitched the COW TV to the station after graduating from the New Zealand Graduate School.[12]


Channel 39's sports programme covers a range of sporting activities including rugby, football, ice hockey, cricket, motorsports cars and bikes.[9]

Southern Attractions

Southern Attractions is a tourism programme aimed at visitors to Dunedin and the surrounding region. It runs from 7.39am to 10am, 3pm to 4pm, and from 6pm to 7pm on weekdays. It also runs at various times over the weekends.[10]

Former content

Story Time

Storytime was a half-hour show hosted by Anita Cumming (who also briefly appeared in TVNZ's Shortland Street) and Merlin the Mouse aimed at preschoolers and young children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Channel 39, Southern Television" . Allied Press. 17 May 2021. Archived from the original on 17 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  2. ^ McAvinue, Shawn. "Channel 9 going digital next week" . Otago Daily Times. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  3. ^ "SOUTHERN TELEVISION LIMITED (110834)" . New Zealand Companies Office. 9 September 2016. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Event Coverage" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 23 March 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "The South Today" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Southern Newsweek" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 20 April 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Dunedin Diary" . Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Scarfie Land" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Sports" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 5 April 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Local Tourism" . Channel 39. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  11. ^ Peacock, Colin (16 May 2021). "Shocking news reveals southern reporting cutbacks" . Radio New Zealand. Archived from the original on 16 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Who is Jacinda Ardern's TV presenter partner Clarke Gayford?" . Stuff. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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