Change in the air at former TV broadcaster

Change in the air at former TV broadcaster

The former WIN TV/SES8 TV studios and offices near the Blue Lake could soon be a hospitality venue with a capacity for 100 patrons.

An application for an on-premises licence has been lodged with the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner.

It has been submitted by The Blok Estate which is a Coonawarra winery owned by the local Trotter 
family.

Public comment has been invited and the application will be heard in Adelaide next month.

Commercial television came to the South East region in the 1960s when local business investors including newspaper proprietors formed South East Telecasters and won the licence.

The studios and offices were erected on John Watson Drive and telecasts began in 1966 under the SES 8 call sign.

From 1972 until its sale to WIN TV in 1999, the controlling interest in SES 8 was held by late Mount Gambier businessman Allan Scott.

WIN TV gradually reduced local content and cancelled the weekday nightly news bulletins in 2013.

The studios and offices were sold to a consortium of local and interstate business interests in a multi-million dollar sale in 2020 and reportedly on-sold two years later.

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