TEN is the callsign of Network Ten's flagship Sydney television station. It was originally owned and operated by United Telecasters Sydney Limited (UTSL), and began transmission on 5 April, 1965 with the highlight of the opening night being the variety special TV Spells Magic.
TEN launched Australia's first metropolitan nightly one hour news bulletin in 1975, which continues today. NBN Television Channel 3 in Newcastle was first to air a one hour News service in Australia in 1972. In 1978, Katrina Lee became only the second female TV newsreader on Australian TV - the first being Margaret Throsby on ABN. The current newsreaders are Ron Wilson and Deborah Knight.
TEN performed strongly in the 1980s, highlighted by the broadcast of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, top rated game show Perfect Match, Eyewitness News and early high ratings for acquired serial Neighbours starting in 1986. However a decline set in from 1987, when the station, along with ATV-0 in Melbourne, was bought by Frank Lowy's Westfield Group. In 1989, falling ratings and revenue prompted a major relaunch by American TV executive Bob Shanks. The station (and entire network) were rebranded as 10 TV Australia in 1989, however this did little to help Ten's fortunes with the network soon going into receivership. The network began to be turned around in 1991 under the control of Gary Rice, and was relaunced with a new logo and brand, The Entertainment Network. This logo continues to this day. In 1992, Westpac Bank bought Ten out of receivership and later sold the network to a consortium headed by Canadian group CanWest. In 1994, The network was managed in receivership and it was in this period that it sold its North Ryde studios and moved to the city in at a warehouse in Ultimo. TEN-10 began a slow and steady recovery, to the point where now, as the flagship station in the network, TEN-10 is the most profitable of the three Sydney commercial stations.
Ten News Sydney is presented by Ron Wilson and Deborah Knight from the station's Pyrmont studios. Sport is presented by Brad McEwan and weather by Tim Bailey. The bulletin also includes traffic updates presented by Vic Lorusso.
The bulletin was presented for almost eleven years by Ron Wilson and Jessica Rowe, between 1996 and 2005, when Rowe moved to present the Nine Network's Today Show. She was replaced by the network's US correspondent Deborah Knight in 2006. Substitute presenters for Ten News Sydney include Bill Woods (News) and/or Sandra Sully (News) and Neil Cordy, Rob Canning or Brad McEwan (sports).