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'Last surviving purpose-built TV station': Redevelopment plans for 7 Tasmania building in Launceston revealed

Pulse Tasmania
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The building currently home to television channel 7 Tasmania in South Launceston is set to be transformed into modern offices under a new development proposal.

Plans lodged with the Launceston City Council for the 36 Watchorn Street site will allow the TV station to stay put, while the remaining unused space will be divided into multiple tenancies.


The proposed works is the redevelopment of the old tv studios into offices,” the application states.

Designs show the facade of the building will be modernised with powder-coated aluminium windows and doors and graphite cladding, while the interior will be slightly reconfigured.

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The 1.861-hectare site is proposed to house a total of five tenants, including one on the lower ground floor, three on the ground floor and one on the upper level.

The once-bustling building is the only surviving purpose-built TV station of its kind left in the state.

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Now wholly owned by Southern Cross Austereo, the channel has called the address home since 1962.

Pulse understands a heritage assessment of the building is currently underway, with Labor’s Ella Haddad asking about its progress in state parliament on Tuesday.


During the 2022 60th birthday edition of 7 Tasmania, former newsreader Jo Palmer called the building, with its old set intact, a “living museum”.

“60 years of memories in this place,” she said.

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The property was last sold in late 2022 for an undisclosed amount.

The application is open for representations until July 3.

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