Local Media

Television

There are currently 18 free-to-air television channels available in Alice Springs, including four broadcasters with offices in town.

Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, offers NT-wide news services, operating from Darwin, with content provided by locally-based journalists.

Imparja Television purchases programming from the Nine Network and broadcasts across an area over 3.6 million km2, encompassing the NT, and regional areas of SA, QLD, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Imparja also provides the satellite service for ICTV (Indigenous Community TV). Imparja’s digital services facility in Alice Springs is one of five regional stations.

7 Central is proudly the largest commercial Television broadcaster reaching over 1,000,000 potential viewers in regional and remote Australia. With offices in Alice Springs, Mt Isa, Darwin and nationwide it provides local, national and international news, sport and weather. The service is a commercial operation service the business communities of rural Australia and transmitting into Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Programs may air earlier than advertised.

Ten Central Digital Television has an advertising sales office in Alice Springs.

Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) Service is a government-funded regional satellite service providing free-to-air high definition television access to approximately 240,000 remote households.

Radio

ABC Alice Springs features local content on 783AM with a morning Breakfast program and afternoon Drive program each weekday. Programs at various other times are broadcast from Darwin. For a full schedule, click here.

Community Radio:

  • Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) 100.5 FM

  • 8CCC 102.1FM

Commercial Radio:

  • 8HA 900AM

  • SunFM 96.9FM

National stations:

  • Triple J 94.9

  • ABC Classic FM 97.9

  • Radio National 99.7

  • ABC News Radio 104.1 

Narrowcast:

  • Tourist Gold 98.7

Newsprint

The Alice Springs newspaper is the Centralian Advocate – issued bi-weekly (Tuesday and Friday) and published by News Corp Australia.

NT News is a morning tabloid newspaper published by News Corp Australia and issued from Darwin.

Most national Australian newspapers are also available, arriving by air in Alice Springs from capital cities (approx. 2pm on the day of publication), though freight charges may be added to the cost.

Online Media Services

Both the NT News and Centralian Advocate are available online in digital format by paid subscription.

There are also various online news blogs and social media forums reporting local content. Some useful sites are:

Alice Springs Public Library has Wi-Fi and internet facilities available for the general public to use.