Apr 27 2017

Obituary: Chris Bearde

Chris Bearde, the English-born writer who grew up in Australia and became a success in the US, died earlier this week at the age of 80.

After working in radio, Bearde’s made the move to TV just as it was starting in Australia. He was host of a children’s program, Smalltime, and doubled as a booth announcer at Sydney’s ATN7.

He was also a scriptwriter for the station’s other children’s program Captain Fortune and for the top-rating variety show Revue ’61.

The Revue series was sold to Canada’s CTV network and Bearde himself ended up in Canada as a writer for local comedy shows Nightcap and Network before going to Hollywood to join the writing team for the hit show Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In and to produce shows including The Andy Williams Show.

Bearde returned to Australia on a few occasions. In 1965 he took a break over the Canadian summer to come to Melbourne to guest host In Melbourne Tonight with his sister, Robina Beard — herself a successful actress, TV presenter and performer.

In the late 1960s he returned to Australia again to produce a comedy special Ready When You Are, CB. The Nine Network production was loosely modelled on the same format of quick-fire comedy sketches as Laugh-In.

He went back to the US where among other things he created the mock talent quest The Gong Show in 1976. The show had a minor run on Australian television.

Bearde is reported to have died of a heart attack.

Chris Bearde is survived by his wife Carolyn, six children and six grandchildren.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, IMDB. TV Times, 28 July 1965. Forty Years Of Television: The Story Of ATN7, 1996.

 

 

 

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Apr 24 2017

The 59th TV Week Logie Awards

Actor Samuel Johnson last night won the Gold Logie for Best Personality On Australian Television at the 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

Johnson, whose voice has adorned countless commercials for everything from burgers to mobile telephones to radio stations, won the accolade on the back of his portrayal of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum in the mini-series Molly.

It’s the first time in Logies history that a Gold has been won solely for a mini-series role.

Johnson, who also won a Silver Logie for Best Actor, dedicated his win to his sister Connie, who has been battling cancer for most of the past 30 years. The pair set up a charity, Love Your Sister, to raise funds for cancer research.

Johnson’s acceptance speech became hijacked by the man who he portrayed in the mini-series. Meldrum, now 74, was brought up to the stage to present Johnson with a gold version of his trademark hat — but got caught up in recalling some old anecdotes, about Johnson amongst other things. His speech became littered with various colourful words and lots of ironic, as well as unintentional, umms and errs. For a night of little controversy it was a rather awkward moment, particularly as others were physically attempting to wind up his tribute to Johnson. Given that it was a late night, and Meldrum suffering a brain injury following his fall from a ladder which nearly claimed his life a couple of years ago, he could be forgiven.

Molly also collected the Logie for Best Drama.

Fellow Gold Logie nominees Waleed Aly and Jessica Marais both won Silver Logies — Aly for Best Presenter and Marais for Best Actress.

Network Ten scored a number of awards despite its perennial third placing in the ratings. Have You Been Paying Attention? won Most Outstanding Entertainment Program and Best Entertainment Program.

Gogglebox Australia, a joint venture between Ten and Foxtel, won Best Factual Program, and The Project won Best News Panel Or Current Affairs Program.

The Living Room, which recently celebrated 200 shows, won Best Lifestyle Program.

Actor Rob Collins, from Ten’s The Wrong Girl and ABC‘s Cleverman, picked up the award for Best New Talent.

It was a big night for ABC and Foxtel. The national broadcaster collected awards for Please Like Me for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and Little Lunch: The Nightmare Before Graduation for Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Please Like Me star Debra Lawrance won the award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Barracuda star Elias Anton picked up the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer

Actor Damon Herriman, who rose to fame in the 1980s as a child star in The Sullivans, won Most Outstanding Support Actor for the role of transgender female Kim Gordon in the political drama Secret City. Co-star Anna Torv won Most Outstanding Support Actress.

Four Corners won the Logie for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report for “Australia’s Shame”, its investigative piece on the treatment of child inmates in Northern Territory’s youth detention centres.

The documentary Conviction, which re-traced the solving the brutal murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher, won Most Outstanding Documentary.

Apart from the Gold Logie, the biggest accolade of the evening was the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame, which inducted Kerri-Anne Kennerley.

Kennerley has a career dating back to children’s television in Queensland in the late 1960s, including hosting The Saturday Show in the 1970s (pictured). She progressed up to performing and had a brief acting role in the soapie The Restless Years.

In the early 1980s she took over as co-host of the Network Ten program Good Morning Australia. It was a job that she was to hold for 11 years, outlasting a number of male co-hosts.

She then went to the Nine Network, where she commanded a loyal audience in the revival of Midday in the mid-1990s and went on to present Mornings (later Kerri-Anne) for nine years.

Despite her longevity, Kennerley has never won a Logie but had been nominated for the Gold a number of times.  In her acceptance speech she paid tribute to her mum and to her husband, John, who was severely injured in an accident last year but was able to attend the awards.

The four-hour Logies telecast includes performances by overseas stars James Blunt and Andy Grammer and local artists Casey Donovan and Jessica Mauboy.

Tony Martin paid tribute to the recently departed comedian John Clarke, and Larry Emdur gave a speech about legendary producer, the late Reg Grundy.

The Project‘s Peter Helliar and Offspring star Kat Stewart offered one of the few truly comedic performances of the night with their parody of the infamous “jacketgate” incident that went viral a few months ago. Hamish Blake and Andy Lee also sent up Nine’s Marriage At First Sight by “matching up” members of the Logies audience.

Dave Hughes once again opened the Logies presentation with a comic routine that was largely well-received but this correspondent felt it was a bit rough — and too long.

Former Young Talent Time stars Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue were reunited on stage while recalling their own TV debuts in the junior talent series over 30 years ago.

Other presenters on the night included Dan Wyllie, Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern, Erik Thomsen, Alex Dimitriades, Claudia Karvan, Delta Goodrem, Carrie Bickmore, Leigh Sales, Liz Hayes, Sam Pang, Ita Buttrose, Rachel Griffiths, Pamela Rabe, Shane Jacobson, Edwina Bartholomew, Miranda Tapsell, Mandy McElhinney, Ben Mingay, Todd Sampson and a special guest appearance by Lorrae Desmond, the first female Gold Logie winner back in 1962.

Despite the Logies getting a ratings increase in 2016, this year its numbers fell again. In the overnight preliminary numbers (5 cities, OzTAM), the TV Week Logie Awards was watched by 972,000. The numbers will no doubt be adjusted to take into account the half an hour that the awards went overtime. The TV Week Logie Awards Red Carpet Arrivals was watched by 864,000 viewers.

The Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules topped the night’s chart with 1,260,000 viewers. With such intense competition, the best that Ten could muster up was Modern Family on 332,000.

The Nine Network won the night’s ratings with a share of 35.4%, followed by Seven (33.9%), ABC (14.4%), Ten (9.9%) and SBS (6.3%).

Public-voted Awards:

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – Best Personality On Australian TV
Samuel Johnson (Molly) (Channel Seven)

BEST ACTOR
Samuel Johnson (Molly) (Channel Seven)

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Marais (Love Child/The Wrong Girl) (Nine Network/Network Ten)

BEST PRESENTER
Waleed Aly (The Project) (Network Ten)

BEST NEW TALENT
Rob Collins (Cleverman/The Wrong Girl) (ABC/Network Ten)

BEST DRAMA PROGRAM
Molly (Channel Seven)

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

BEST NEWS PANEL OR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM
The Project (Network Ten)

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
The Block (Nine Network)

BEST SPORTS PROGRAM
The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)

BEST LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
The Living Room (Network Ten)

BEST FACTUAL PROGRAM
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel – LifeStyle/Network Ten)

Industry-voted Awards:

GOLD LOGIE — Hall Of Fame
Kerri-Anne Kennerley

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER
Elias Anton (Danny Kelly, Barracuda, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING MINI-SERIES OR TELEMOVIE
The Kettering Incident (Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR
Henry Nixon (Fergus McFadden, The Kettering Incident, Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Anna Torv (Harriet Dunkley, Secret City, Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Damon Herriman (Kim Gordon, Secret City, Foxtel – Showcase)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Debra Lawrance (Mum, Please Like Me, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM
Please Like Me (ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Little Lunch: The Nightmare Before Graduation (ABC ME)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Channel Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE
• “Sky News Election Coverage 2016” (Sky News, Sky News/Foxtel)

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
• “Australia’s Shame” (Four Corners, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
Conviction (ABC)

Source: TV Week

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

 

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Apr 23 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

Home And Away star Kate Ritchie won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 49th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

Ritchie also collected a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress.

After almost 20 years in Home And Away — she started in the soap when she was nine — Ritchie was naturally excited: “I’m just really pleased that, even after 20 years, people are still interesting in watching a family show. I love being a part of it, so that makes for a very good combination. It’s also really nice to feel that whatever I’m doing is right — I’m on the right path.”

“Winning a Logie was never part of my plan,” she told TV Week. “I was never the hot new spunk in Summer Bay. As much as I always loved coming to the Logies as and as much as I would have loved to have won, it wasn’t something I thought was going to happen. It’s just really nice.”

Her win was from a tough field — with fellow nominees Bert Newton, Rove McManus, John Wood, John Howard, Rachael Carpani, Natalie Blair and Simmone Jade MacKinnon. SMS voting for the Gold Logie was open right up until the start of the awards presentation.

As well as Ritchie’s win, Home And Away won the Logie for Most Popular Australian Drama, while co-star Amy Mathews won the award for Most Popular New Female Talent.

The Nine Network series McLeod’s Daughters won two Logies — Aaron Jeffery winning the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor and Dustin Clare (pictured) for Most Popular New Male Talent.

Rove McManus won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter, while Rove Live won Most Popular Light Entertainment Program. For McManus it was his first Logie presentation without his wife Belinda Emmett, who had passed away only a few months earlier from cancer. He attended the Logies with his mum, Coralie.

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died in 2006, was posthumously inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. His award was accepted by widow Terri (pictured). “What goes through my mind is that he should be here,” she said in accepting his award. “Steve’s done all the hard work and I really miss him. But Steve’s goal was to talk about humanity and the environment and our future. I think he would be very proud, honoured and also surprised.”

And Ray Martin‘s interview with Terri Irwin, soon after the death of Steve, was honoured with a Logie for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.

Foxtel drama series Love My Way received the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini-Series Or Telemovie for the third year running. Cast member Brendan Cowell said it was a tough field of competition — with Answered By Fire, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, The Silence and The Society Murders the other nominees — so he didn’t expect Love My Way to succeed.

RAN: Remote Area Nurse, an SBS production, did still collect a Logie for Susie Porter (pictured) for Most Outstanding Actress, and Matthew Le Nevez won for Most Outstanding Actor for his role of Matthew Wales in The Society Murders.

International guests at the Logies included NCIS star Michael Weatherly and Fantastic Four stars Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd. Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, at this stage appearing in the US series Brothers And Sisters, was back in Australia as a special guest of the Logies.

There were performances by Avril Lavigne, Australian Idol winner Damien Leith and singer James Morrison.

And in what was becoming a Logies tradition, there was no single host of the evening. Hosting duties were shared between Adam Hills, Fifi Box and Dave Hughes, with Hamish Blake and Andy Lee doing the “green room” interviews.

Jules Lund, Livinia Nixon and Jackie O hosted the Red Carpet Arrivals as the prelude to the main event.

The 49th annual TV Week Logie Awards were broadcast on the Nine Network.

Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Kate Ritchie

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Aaron Jeffery
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Kate Ritchie
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Rove Live
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular New Male Talent: Dustin Clare
Most Popular New Female Talent: Amy Mathews
Most Popular Reality Program: Dancing With The Stars
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: What’s Good For You

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Steve Irwin

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Matthew Le Nevez
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Susie Porter
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Love My Way

Most Outstanding News Coverage: “Sexual Abuse In Aboriginal Communities”, Lateline
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: The Terri Irwin Interview
Most Outstanding Documentary: Who Killed Dr Bogle And Mrs Chandler?
Most Outstanding Factual Series: Dynasties
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Thank God You’re Here
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: 2006 FIFA World Cup — Italy v Australia
Most Outstanding Children’s Program: The Upside Down Show

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Emma Lung

Source: TV Week, 5 May 2007, 19 May 2007.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards.  Tonight, Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

 

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Apr 22 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

A Current Affair host Jana Wednt caused an upset when she was not present to accept her Gold Logie at the 34th annual TV Week Logie Awards, held at Melbourne’s Radisson President Hotel.

The Nine Network host’s absence was explained to be due to her requiring to stay in the Sydney-based studios after the end of A Current Affair for an extended period to be able to cover any late breaking stories for timezones that would normally get ACA on a delay.

TV Week claimed that they knew about a week in advance, two weeks after Wendt had happily posed with her fellow Gold Logie nominees for a TV Week photo shoot (pictured), that she may be missing from the awards presentation. Nine Network executives were said to be able to work around the challenges of ACA’s production schedule if TV Week could assure them that Wendt was going to win the Gold.

TV Week chose not to disclose that information to Nine even in the strictest of confidence.

Even the offer of a specially arranged flight to get Wendt from Sydney to Melbourne after ACA in time to witness the announcement of the Gold Logie winner was not enough to sway Nine’s executives.

Wendt’s Gold Logie was ultimately accepted by Nine’s head of current affairs, Peter Meakin. “I’m sorry she’s not here. She’s sorry she’s not here,” he said when accepting her award. “Jana, as she always does, put the program first. I know she regret’s she’s not here. It’s a shame.”

Did her no-show and Nine’s declining alternative offers have anything to do with the Logies being hosted that year by the Seven Network? That’s just speculation.

TV Week at the time had reported that it was the first time in Logies history that a Gold Logie winner was not present to accept their award. That is not strictly true. In 1962, Gold Logie winner Lorrae Desmond was in Hollywood, and 1963 winner Michael Charlton was on assignment for Four Corners when his Gold Logie was presented at a belated ceremony. In 1967, Graham Kennedy was on the set of In Melbourne Tonight when he was announced as the winner of that year’s Gold Logie, with the awards presented on a Monday night on board a cruise liner stationed in Melbourne. Kennedy was at least able to give his acceptance speech with a live cross to IMT from the Logies stage.

Logies night on Friday, 13 March 1992 had started with a parody of the Michael Jackson song Black Or White, recalling the old days of black and white television, featuring Cathy Godbold (Home And Away), Nick Giannopoulos (Acropolis Now) and Bruno Lucia (All Together Now).

The trio then led to another threesome being introduced to the stage — former Homicide cops George Mallaby, Alwyn Kurts and Leonard Teale.

It was a big night for ABC’s Brides Of Christ. The high-rating mini-series collected five Logies, including Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series, Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series and Most Popular New Talent (Kym Wilson). Series star Josephine Byrnes (pictured) won two Logies — Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series and the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress. Co-star Sandy Gore was not surprised by the show’s Logies success. “It was an incredible series from the beginning,” she told TV Week. “With such beautiful writing, how could we go wrong?”

As well as its host winning the Gold Logie, A Current Affair also won the award for Most Popular Public Affairs Program. Nine Network boss David Leckie paid tribute to the show and to Wendt: “I know what she’d like to say is that she believes that A Current Affair — the runaway success of A Current Affair — is a team effort. I think she’d be very embarrassed to win this Gold Logie, because she is totally committed to the team effort. I thought she should have won it a year or two ago, but we’re pleased she has now.”

Network Ten soapie E Street collected two awards — Most Popular Series and Bruce Samazan winning the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

Fellow soap Home And Away won Most Popular Program In New South Wales and Neighbours won Most Popular Program In Victoria. A Country Practice star Georgie Parker won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress for the second time. For Parker the win came just weeks before her final scenes with A Country Practice were to go to air.

The Seven Network’s Fast Forward won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program, with individual awards for Steve Vizard (pictured with colleague, newsreader Jennifer Keyte) and Magda Szubanski. “I’d really like to thank the people who have put up with my stupid sense of humour,” she told TV Week.

ABC also scored well in the industry-voted categories. GP won Most Outstanding Series with actor John McTernan awarded the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. It was actually McTernan’s third Logie win. “I already have two I won during my Cop Shop days,” he told TV Week, “but I thought the old boy (GP co-star Michael Craig) would win this again.”

Lateline‘s reporting on the Soviet Union earned it a Logie for Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs, and The Time Of Your Life was awarded Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series.

Current affairs program Four Corners, which at this stage was in its 31st year, was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. It was the first time that a program, rather than an individual, was to receive the honour.

State-based Logie winners included Ray Martin (New South Wales), Daryl Somers (Victoria), Family Feud host Rob Brough (Queensland), Rick Ardon (Western Australia) and yet another win for Anne Wills (South Australia).

International guests on the night included Dennis Waterman, copping a grilling from Fast Forward‘s Pixie-Anne Wheatley (Szubanski), and Full House star John Stamos. For Waterman it was a return to the Logies stage, having been a guest presenter back in 1983. There were also plans for a live cross to Diana Ross, on tour in Queensland, to present an award. But the performer declined when she felt that she would not be looking her best having just been on stage in concert earlier that night. An offer to pre-record her segment was also declined.

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Jana Wendt

Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Bruce Samazan (E Street)
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Georgie Parker (A Country Practice)

Most Popular Series: E Street (Ten)
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Fast Forward (Seven)
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard (Nine)
Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Brides Of Christ (ABC)
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket (Nine)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair (Nine)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Seven)

Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Performer: Steve Vizard (Tonight Live With Steve Vizard/Fast Forward)
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Performer: Magda Szubanski (pictured) (Fast Forward)

Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Cameron Daddo (Golden Fiddles)
Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Josephine Byrnes (Brides Of Christ)

Most Popular New Talent: Kym Wilson (Brides Of Christ)

Most Popular Music Video: When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Jimmy Barnes/John Farnham)

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: Industry Voting Categories:

Gold Logie – TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall Of Fame: Four Corners (ABC)

Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actor On Australian TV: John McTernan (pictured) (GP)
Silver Logie – Most Outstanding Actress On Australian TV: Josephine Byrnes (Brides Of Christ)

Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series: Brides Of Christ (ABC)
Most Outstanding Series: GP (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Soviet Union” (Lateline, ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Coode Island Fires” (Nine)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series: The Time Of Your Life (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: The Very Fast Train (WIN)

TV Week Logie Winners 1992: State Awards (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program):

NSW: Ray Martin (TCN9), Home And Away (ATN7)
VIC: Daryl Somers (GTV9), Neighbours (ATV10)
QLD: Robert Brough (BTQ7), Family Feud (BTQ7)
SA: Anne Wills (SAS7), Wheel Of Fortune (SAS7)
WA: Rick Ardon (TVW7), Seven Nightly News (TVW7)
TAS: Ron Christie (TVT6), Tasmania Today (TVT6)

 
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Source: TV Week, 7 March 1992, 21 March 1992.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

 

 

 

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Apr 21 2017

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Graham Kennedy collected his second Gold Logie at the ninth annual TV Week Logie Awards. The Gold Logie that year also carried the title Star Of The Decade, in recognition of Kennedy’s 10 years’ success in Australian TV.

Kennedy also won the Logie Award for Best Male Personality in Victoria for the sixth year running.

For the first time since Lorrae Desmond won in 1962, a Gold Logie was awarded to Australia’s most popular female personality. Hazel Phillips (pictured), host of the national afternoon program Girl Talk and also a regular on The Barry Crocker Show, took out the Gold Logie for best female personality. She also won the Logie Award for Best Female Personality in New South Wales.

The awards, held on Monday 10 April 1967, were presented on board the Fairstar cruise ship, berthed at Melbourne’s Station Pier. It was the first Logies presentation hosted by Bert Newton, who would go on to host the event for the next 13 consecutive years and several more times even after then.

The special overseas guest presenter was actor Vic Morrow, star of the US series Combat.

The 1967 presentation also marked a turning point in the telecast of the Logies. There was a live cross to the Logies presentation from Graham Kennedy hosting In Melbourne Tonight on GTV9, with Kennedy accepting his Gold Logie from the set of IMT. After IMT wrapped up there was a one-hour broadcast of highlights of the Logies presentation.

The Seven Network — then known as the Australian Television Network — won two of the major national awards. The sitcom My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? won Best Comedy, while Homicide won Best Drama for the third year in a row.

The Nine Network — then the National Television Network — won Best Live Show with The Sound Of Music, hosted by Bobby Limb, and Best Documentary Series went to Project 66.

The Logie for Best Teenage Personality went to Johnny Young (pictured), pop star and presenter on the music show Go!!, while pop group The Seekers collected a special Logie for their promotion of Australian talent overseas.

Another special Logie was handed out to daytime TV host Tommy Hanlon Jnr for “the pioneering of television on a national basis”. His daytime TV show It Could Be You was one of the first ‘national’ programs on Australian TV and had just wrapped up after six years and 1445 episodes. Hanlon, born in the United States but was to make Australia his home, had also won a Gold Logie in 1962.

National broadcaster ABC was awarded with two honours. Journalist Bob Sanders, from the People program, was recognised for outstanding reporting, while series Australian Playhouse received a special Logie for its contribution to local production.

Among the state-based award winners was the ABC current affairs program Line-Up in Tasmania. The local program was the predecessor to the long-running national program This Day Tonight. Other state-based winners included Don Lane (NSW), Ernie Sigley (South Australia), Patti McGrath (Victoria, pictured receiving her award from Vic Morrow), Don Seccombe (Queensland) and Robyn Nevin (Tasmania).

National Awards:

Gold Logie — Best Male Personality / Star Of The Decade: Graham Kennedy
Gold Logie — Best Female Personality: Hazel Phillips

Best Teenage Personality: Johnny Young

Best Live Show: Sound Of Music
Best Overseas Show: The Man From UNCLE
Best Commercial: Minties
Best Documentary Series: Project 66
Best Drama: Homicide
Best Comedy: My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours?

Special Award — For The Promotion Of Australian Talent Overseas: The Seekers

Special Award — Contribution To Local Production: Australian Playhouse

Special Award — Pioneering Of Television Of A National Basis: Tommy Hanlon Jnr

Special Award — Outstanding Reporting: Bob Sanders (People)

State Awards (Best Male, Best Female, Best Program):

NSW: Don Lane, Hazel Phillips (pictured), Tonight With Don Lane
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Patti McGrath, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Don Seccombe, Jill Edwards, Theatre Royal
SA: Ernie Sigley, Pam Western, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: John Forster, Robyn Nevin / Carolyn Schmit, Line Up

Source: TV Week, 15 April 1967. 21 Years Of Logies, Southdown Press, 1979.

The 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 23 April, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

 

 

 

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Apr 13 2017

Classic TV Guides: Not Seven’s finest hour

On Monday 13 April 1987, Melbourne’s HSV7 — under new management from Sydney-based media group Fairfax — launched its revamped Seven National News and started airing the Sydney-based Terry Willesee Tonight.

Seven’s new newsreader was Greg Pearce, formerly from Perth but coming to Melbourne seemingly oblivious to the storm of resentment from Melbourne viewers who weeks earlier had witnessed veteran Seven newsreader Mal Walden trying to hold back tears as he had announced that he had just been sacked by Seven’s new management.

Even though HSV7 was now producing a one-hour news bulletin for the first time in its 30-year history, Melbourne viewers were abandoning Seven’s new look in droves in protest at the raft of changes initiated by the Sydney-based management.

Seven National News found itself in the unenviable position of falling to literally the bottom of the ratings. Initial ratings results (as percentages of TV households) were down to ones and zeros — seeing it beaten by cartoon series Inspector Gadget on ABC and UK-soap Brookside on SBS.

Seven’s change to a one-hour news also led to all Victorian regional stations switching their national news feed from Seven to National Nine News, enabling them to maintain a half-hour slot for national news from Melbourne.

The launch of Seven’s ill-fated news and current affairs line-up are among the latest additions to Classic TV Guides:

 

 

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Apr 12 2017

This Day Tonight: 50 years on

This Day Tonight, 1969

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the debut of ABC‘s first nightly current affairs program, This Day Tonight.

TDT, as it became known, was first hosted by Bill Peach, formerly host of TEN10‘s Telescope program in Sydney. Telescope was loosely based on the UK Tonight show and it was a similar model to be adopted by TDT as a nightly current affairs show that occasionally didn’t take itself too seriously.

ABC had actually launched a predecessor to This Day Tonight in Tasmania in 1966. Lineup was a three-nights-a-week local current affairs program that proved to be hit with Tasmanian viewers.  The success of Lineup inspired ABC executive Ken Watts to put together a national format and go to air five nights a week.

Watts recalled Peach as the host of Telescope and poached him from ABC’s weekly Four Corners. Allan Martin, a New Zealander who had been a director of the British crime series No Hiding Place, was hired as TDT‘s executive producer. As well as having reporters in Sydney there were similar teams established in Melbourne and Canberra.

TDT initially began with a “national” edition based in Sydney with direct links to Melbourne and Canberra. Other states began producing their own similar versions and in some cases avoided the TDT title. The Adelaide and Brisbane shows were initially known as Tonight, while Tasmania kept the Lineup name. Eventually, This Day Tonight became the title across Australia.


YouTube: ABC News (Australia)

ABC has commemorated the 50th anniversary of the debut of This Day Tonight by putting that first episode up on YouTube. At the time, reviews of the first episode were not overly flattering, with TV Times critic Frank Doherty stunned but forgiving at the show’s opening segment: “For some reason that I still find unfathomable it was decided that This Day Tonight should burst upon an audience that had been warned for days and nights beforehand of its coming with a piece of buffoonery that would have been humdrum even by News Review standards. One forgave Bill Peach’s tragic attempt at lightheartedness, putting it down to nervousness and forgave, too, the puerile three fake telegrams putting them down to a try (however unsuccessful) to get some opening laughs.”

Doherty did see, however, that despite the shaky start This Day Tonight showed great promise: “All in all, This Day Tonight can afford to look ahead with promise. Shows like this invariably get away to unimpressive starts if only because they have been ballyhooed so much and tend to be unsure of themselves.”

The TV Times critic’s optimism was well placed. This Day Tonight won a TV Week Logie Award in 1968 for Best New Show, and continued for a marathon eleven-year run. It set the tone for television current affairs to be aggressive in its questioning of political figures, but also to have a lighthearted side — as attempted in its first episode and with various satirical references that followed over the years.

TDT finally came to an end in 1978 after the national program had been converted to a state-based format.

Over the course of its eleven years, TDT featured many names that went on to very successful careers not just at ABC but in the commercial sector. Gerald Stone, Mike Willesee, Caroline Jones, Mike Carlton, Peter Luck, Paul Murphy, George Negus, Iain Finlay, Peter Couchman, Stuart Littlemore, Richard Carleton, Kerry O’Brien and Tim Bowden were among those to come through TDT.

Caroline Jones. 1970

Source: TV Times, 5 April 1967. TV Times, 26 April 1967. Aunty’s Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years Of ABCTV, ABC Books, 2006. Wikipedia. National Archives Of Australia, National Archives Of Australia

 

 

 

 

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Apr 10 2017

Obituary: John Clarke

John Clarke, best known for his deadpan political satire, has died suddenly at the age of 68.

In a statement issued by his family, Clarke had died while bush walking in Victoria: “John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. He is forever in our hearts.”

Born in New Zealand, Clarke first came to Australia in the 1970s after a falling out with the New Zealand national broadcaster. His introduction to Australian audiences came in the form of caricature Fred Dagg, regularly featured on ABC radio and in a successful advertising campaign for Qantas.

He worked on the ABC comedy series The Gillies Report and was a writer and co-creator of the ABC drama series The Fast Lane.

In 1989 Clarke and Bryan Dawe began their weekly political satire on A Current Affair, with Dawe playing the journalist interviewing Clarke as a political or prominent figure. The irony was that Clarke would just appear as himself, with no attempt to impersonate or resemble the figure being parodied. The segment later moved across to The 7.30 Report on ABC before becoming a stand alone program as a lead-in to the 7pm ABC News on Thursday nights.

He also co-wrote and starred in the mockumentary series The Games, a parody of the organisation of the upcoming Sydney Olympic Games.

Other TV credits have included A Matter Of Convenience, Stark, Frontline, BackBerner, Welcher & Welcher, Kath And Kim and The Ex-PM.

Clarke was also a writer for the 1985 mini-series Anzacs and wrote and appeared in a number of feature films.

In 2008, he was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame.

Many high profile political figures and comedy stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Clarke, and ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie issued a statement in tribute: “Australian audiences have relied on John Clarke for always getting to the heart of how many Australians felt about the politics of the day and tearing down the hypocrisy and at times absurdity of elements of our national debate. We have lost a giant presence on our screens. Our hearts go to John’s family, his wife Helen and two daughters, Lorin and Lucia.”

Source: ABC, IMDB, Wikipedia, New Zealand Herald

 

 

 

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Apr 09 2017

SBS Viceland switches on HD

SBS has made a quiet adjustment to its television transmissions.

On Saturday 8 April SBS launched a High Definition broadcast of its secondary channel SBS Viceland (formerly SBS2).

The new HD signal, on Channel 31, is in tandem with SBS Viceland’s standard definition broadcast currently on Channel 32.

SBS’ primary channel continues its HD broadcast on Channel 30 but that is now broadcasting in the more modern MPEG4 standard which has allowed capacity for SBS Viceland to also be in HD.

Some sets or tuners may require re-scanning to pick up the new channel configurations. Viewers without MPEG4 compatible tuners can continue to view SBS’ main channel in standard definition on Channel 3.

The changeover makes SBS the first Australian network to broadcast two High Definition channels. ABC, Seven, Nine and Ten only provide HD simulcast of their primary channels.

SBS notes that SBS Viceland HD will not be available on satellite platform VAST or via Foxtel.

The SBS television signal has also recently expanded to include a simulcast of its digital radio station Arabic24 on Channel 36.

Source: SBS

 

 

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Apr 06 2017

Obituary: Chelsea Brown

Chelsea Brown, the American actress and performer who made Australia her home, has died at the age of 69.

Born in Chicago, Brown rose to fame as a performer in the hit 1960s comedy series Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In.

She also featured in The Flying Nun, Love American Style, Ironside, Marcus Welby MD and The Name Of The Game.

In the mid-1970s Brown came to Australia. While working on a cabaret act she appeared in the short-lived series King’s Men and the ABC telemovie Arena.

She was a regular panellist on game shows Celebrity Squares (pictured below) and Blankety Blanks and played the part of nightclub performer Hope Jackson in Number 96.

There were plans to spin-off Brown’s character into a separate series, Hope’ll Help, but it didn’t get past the pilot stage.

She later starred as Abby Rossiter in E Street and went on to marry co-star Vic Rooney.

After Rooney’s death Brown returned to the US. She died earlier this week in Chicago.

Source: TV Tonight, The Morning Show, IMDB, Wikipedia, The Number 96 Home Page. TV Week, 24 January 1976. 

 

 

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