|Launched||April 23, 2009|
|Owned by||Siroccan Broadcasting Corporation|
|Picture format||576i 4:3 (SDTV)|
576i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Slogan||Must be SBC|
|Also known as||ZBN, SBC ZBN (Zona)|
|Formerly called||ABC1 (Apr 2009-Sept 2010)|
ABS1 (Sept-Oct 2010)
SBC1 (Oct 2010-Jan 2011)
SBHL3 (Greater Hagley)
SBPB7 (Port Brent)
SBC TV (Siroccan: SRG VF Sirokie Runbästke Gesefunt Visfeher, Edallic: STK CR Seruco Tru'ouypar Kurar Cen'rek) is a television channel broadcast by Sirocco's state-owned broadcaster, the Siroccan Broadcasting Corporation. Initially launched on April 23, 2009 for the Glorious Dictatorial Republic of Andersonia and relaunched on March 21, 2011, it is Sirocco's only television channel.
Television broadcasts began on April 23, 2009 under the jurisdiction of the Andersonian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as ABC1. Transmissions were also relayed into the nation of Wellington (not linked to the current MicroWiki state) as part of an agreement reached by the Andersonian and Wellingtonian governments. ABC1 was soon supplemented by two sister channels: ABC2 and ABC3.
However these stations provided no real content and were mainly just padding for the nation. When Wellington was disestablished in early 2010, the ABC's transmissions became solely Andersonian, although by this stage the ABC had essentially become defunct, although continued to serve as state broadcaster.
This period of inactivity continued until September 21, 2010, when as part of the preparations for the formation of the Federal Commonwealth of Andersonia (as it was then known), the corporation was renamed the Andersonian Broadcasting Service (so as to not conflict with the Australian and American broadcasters known by the initials "ABC") with ABC2 and ABC3 being closed down and ABC1 being renamed ABS1.
The ABS did manage to get some broadcasting groundwork completed before it was reformed into the Siroccan Broadcasting Corporation on October 4, 2010. The reasons for this were firstly to match the nation's name after the switch from "Andersonia" to "Sirocco" on October 3, 2010 and secondly to prevent a name clash with Australia's SBS if the first letter was to be switched. ABS1 was also renamed SBC1. The SBC assumed the role of broadcaster to Andersonia in its final weeks, and transmission ended on November 2, 2010, one day before the nation's dissolution.
SBC1 first aired content on October 4, 2010, which comprised of a three-minute news broadcast. It aired no additional content until December 22, 2010 when it broadcast the Premier's first Address to the Nation. On January 18, 2011, SBC1 was finally renamed to SBC TV as moves began to formally launch television services within Sirocco.
On March 21, 2011, SBC TV was finally launched, with the first programme shown being British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. The launch was generally well-received, and on April 20, 2011 the SBC's first-ever Siroccan-produced television series, this being Micro High, began.
SBC TV officially began broadcasting in 16:9 (widescreen) aspect on May 25, 2012.
SBC TV in Zona
In the Dominion of Zona, SBC TV is broadcast as either "SBC ZBN" (Edallic: STK ZEK/Seruco Tru'ouypar Kurar Zonian Egarcenect Kur'ouypar) or simply "ZBN". This is due to the complex nature of the Zonian Broadcasting Network's ownership - in Sirocco it is considered part of the SBC and therefore government-owned, while in Zona it is considered a privately-operated channel.
- Garfield and Friends
- Last of the Summer Wine
- The Strangerhood
Since adopting its current name, SBC TV has used two distinct idents, two of which designed around the theme of ‘rotation’. The first, Rotation #1, consisted of the four coloured ‘wings’ of the SBC TV logo filling the screen in turn, rotating to reveal a smaller, white SBC TV logo with a circular border. It was used from March 20, 2011, until July 21 of the same year, when the Rotation Countdown ident, featuring revolving concentric circles and a timer, was introduced. Rotation Countdown is still used by SBC TV, although two new idents were aired for the first time on May 5, 2012, the first of which being a white "zoom" ident and the second predominantly used for network startup.