Jul 01 2015

Ten Brisbane turns 50

tvq0_testing_0002Ten Brisbane is 50 years old today.

As well as being Brisbane’s third commercial station it was also the third station to launch in the Independent Television System — the network now known as Network Ten.

The licence to operate the new channel was awarded to Universal Telecasters (Queensland) Limited in February 1964. But only a few weeks later the new broadcasting licence was withheld by the government after Universal Telecasters became the subject of a significant takeover. In a spectacular day of share trading, 600,000 shares in Universal, worth £200,000, changed hands to a secret buyer — later found to be Ansett Transport Industries, the company which owned the new Melbourne channel, ATV0, and had minor investments in new channels in Adelaide and Perth.

Significantly, Ansett through a subsidiary company had been an unsuccessful applicant for the Brisbane licence.

The Postmaster-General, Alan Hulme, later announced after a review that Universal would still be granted the licence as more than 50 per cent of shares were still held by Queensland-based interests and that Ansett had not contravened the Broadcasting Act. Ansett’s share of Universal was reported to be 48.9 per cent.

With the dramas of its shareholding behind it, Universal then went on to launch its new TV station — TVQ Channel 0 — broadcasting from studios on Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane, with rival channels BTQ7 and QTQ9 also based on the mountain.

The station broadcast its first test transmissions from March 1965, giving viewers and TV retailers plenty of opportunity to check if they could receive the novel ‘0’ frequency and to enable time to have their sets or antennas converted if necessary. Reports of clear reception were received from the Gold Coast, Darling Downs and Bundaberg, with the early test transmissions also being picked up as far as Cairns.


tvq0_openingBy the end of May it was announced that TVQ0 would have its official launch on 1 July, with Universal chairman Sir Alexander Murphy promising “a new look in television for Queenslanders”. He added, “there is no doubt that TVQ’s close liaison with stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide has given it access to many fine programs and I know that Brisbane viewers will be delighted with what they will see”.

Although TV stations usually opened with special programming or lavish fanfare, TVQ0 made its official debut without any formal launch program and instead just went straight into regular programming from opening day.


Station announcer David Jull welcomed viewers to the new channel before the first programs — a 15-minute documentary film followed by children’s programs Captain Kidd and the Melbourne-made The Magic Circle Club. Imports My Friend Flicka, Ivanhoe, Sargeant Bilko, The Flintstones, The Baileys Of Balboa and Gunsmoke took viewers through to the evening’s movie double-feature, Roman Holiday followed by Apache Uprising.

tvq0_countdown_0001TVQ went on to produce a small number of local programs to supplement its network and imported fare. Programs in the early years included a talent quest, New Faces, hosted by Jull. Sherry Wheeler hosted fun for the kids with The Saturday Show. Funville was another children’s program and there was pop music for teens with John Dommett‘s Countdown. Dommett, later to become a prominent actor, also presented a children’s quiz show, Student ChallengeHaydn Sargent fronted daytime current affairs program, Look. Radio personality Billy J Smith, later a sportscaster for the station and co-host of the national It’s A Knockout, got  his break in TV as host of quiz show The Numbers Game.

Shane Porteous, familiar to many as the sensible Dr Terence Elliott in the long-running A Country Practice, had an early role as Brisbane’s answer to the ghoulish Deadly Earnest, presenting late night B-grade movies.

But like its interstate sister stations, Universal was losing money on TVQ0. After only two years of operation the channel had accumulated almost $2 million in losses. Despite the losses Ansett took over the remaining share of Universal Telecasters by 1970. By 1971 the station was finally making a small profit. A decade later TVQ0 was sold to a partnership between Ampol and Sydney radio station 2SM.

pbradyThe 1970s saw TVQ0 produce The Money Makers with Philip Brady (pictured). The program set new records with a top prize of $20,000 and also made history as the first five-nights-a-week quiz show on Australian television. The success of the program, screened nationally, led to a spin-off series, Junior Moneymakers.

In 1975, the channel celebrated its 10th anniversary with a telethon featuring guest stars from various network programs who had made the trip from Sydney via train — emulating a similar trip taken by the cast of the top-rating Number 96 from Sydney to the TV Week Logie Awards in Melbourne, being greeted by crowds of fans as the train stopped at stations en route.


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Later in the decade TV quizmaster Malcolm Searle hosted Pyramid Challenge, and Dave Allenby hosted Perfect Match (of no connection to the 1980s dating show of the same name). Both programs came from the studios of TVQ0 and were screened across the 0-10 Network. Other network programs to come from TVQ around this time included game show Casino 10 (again with Philip Brady), children’s program Time For Living and talent quest The Have A Go Show.

johncrookJohn Crook (pictured) came to Brisbane after working in Bendigo and Tasmania. He hosted the channel’s morning show, A Crook Affair (later The John Crook Show), for over a decade. The show later made way in the 1980s for Good Morning Brisbane and Living. Crook went on to produce a travel series, Top End Down Under, which screened locally and was sold to the US.

Although TVQ had launched in 1965, it was almost a decade before it had launched its own news service. From mid 1974, TVQ0 had partnered with Brisbane radio station 4IP in news venture News WatchNeville Roberts was the first newsreader, later followed by Brian Cahill and Des McWilliam. Others to have read the news at TVQ have included Jo Pearson, Robin Parkin, Kay McGrath, Mike Higgins, Rob Readings, Chris Collins, Tony Ryan, Tracy Dyson, Hugh Cornish, Pam Tamblyn, Pat Harvey, Geoff Mullins, Anna McMahon, Bruce Paige, Juanita Phillips, Glenn Taylor, Tracey Spicer, Marie-Louise Theile, Sharyn Ghidella, Bill McDonald and current newsreader Georgina Lewis.

jackimacdonald_0004Even Jacki MacDonald (pictured), forever popular with Queenslanders and best known as host of the local Breakfast With Jacki Mac and sidekick on the Melbourne-based Hey Hey It’s Saturday on Nine, showed a serious side by reading the 6pm news on TVQ0 in the early 1980s.

Donna Meiklejohn was an early weather presenter, as was Delvene Delaney. Paul Bongiorno, before being political reporter in Canberra for the Ten Network, had a stint presenting the weather at TVQ0 but went on to become an accomplished investigative reporter, winning a number of Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism before moving on to Canberra. Ray Wilkie, formerly of the Bureau of Meteorology, presented the weather for a number of years, including a stint on Ten’s national late night news.

haydnsargent_0001In 1980 the channel added a current affairs program, The Sargent Report, fronted by veteran radio and TV host Haydn Sargent (pictured). The program found the going tough up against similarly local current affairs shows on rivals Seven and Nine. It was to have only a short life.

The station’s Eyewitness News won a TV Week Logie in 1986 for its coverage of the siege at Eagle Farm, where a man wielding a shotgun threatened to ignite a tankerload of fuel at the Brisbane airport.

Former journalist turned business tycoon Christopher Skase bought TVQ0 for $34 million in 1984. Skase’s subsequent purchase of the Seven Network then forced him to sell TVQ0 to regional broadcaster Darling Downs Television (DDTV) in September 1987 for $123 million. DDTV, which owned DDQ10 in Toowoomba, set about swapping the channel frequencies between its two channels — switching TVQ from 0 to 10 to bring it into line with the rest of the Ten Network and to address concerns over poor reception of the 0 signal in parts of Brisbane. The changeover to TVQ10 occurred in September 1988.

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TVQ_EyewitnessNews_00021988 was also the year that TVQ was the host broadcaster at the six-month World Expo 88 being held in Brisbane. TVQ broadcast the key events from Expo, including the opening and closing ceremonies as well as a weekly highlights package, This Week At Expo. The station also housed its newsroom operation onsite at Expo for the duration, allowing visitors the chance to see the workings of the newsroom and production of news bulletins in person.

In more recent years production at TVQ10 has focused largely on the evening news but has also contributed to the network’s children’s programs, including In The Box, Puzzle Play, Totally Wild and Wurrawhy. The Brisbane studios also host Couch Time, the afternoon segments aired across the network on Ten’s secondary channel, Eleven.

Source: The Age, 23 April 1964. TV Week, 10 April 1965. Broadcasting And Television, 27 May 1965. TV Week, 29 April 1967. TV Week, 22 June 1968. The Age, 24 May 1972. On-Air: 25 Years Of TV In Queensland. Lost.TVQ. Kuttsywoodscouch.




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Jun 30 2015

1995: June 24-30

tvweek_240695Cover: Nicky Buckley (Sale Of The Century)

How Sale sank the soaps!
It was meant to be the battle of the soaps — Seven‘s Home And Away versus Ten‘s new Echo Point — but the winner of the 7.00pm timeslot has been Sale Of The Century! Ten’s new effort has debuted to ratings that have failed to match the Roseanne reruns it had replaced, giving both Home And Away and Sale Of The Century a ratings boost. Questions are raised at Ten’s strategy of putting Echo Point up against the veteran Home And Away. “Please don’t ask me to explain the working of Channel Ten,” Des Monaghan, Seven’s director of production, told TV Week. “What they do is a complete mystery to me.” A spokesperson for Seven publicity said: “If you are going to put a new soap against an established soap, you want to be different. You don’t put up a pale copy. Echo Point is just a pale imitation of Home And Away.” But a spokesperson for Network Ten has defended its new series: “We program Network Ten for Network Ten, and Echo Point is right for our schedule. We are up against very tough opposition. But we have great faith in the show. It has excellent production values and strong drama qualities.” Industry sources have remarked that Echo Point‘s dismal launch almost mirrors that of another Network Ten disaster, Arcade, fifteen years earlier. Even dud Nine Network soaps Family And Friends and Paradise Beach got off to a better start. Paradise Beach got a stay of execution due to overseas sales, but Echo Point has yet to be sold anywhere. Producers Southern Star Xanadu are hoping to sell the show to foreign markets at the upcoming marketing festival in Cannes. Meanwhile, Seven has also denied it deliberately tried to bury Echo Point by having former Home And Away cast members return in the same week that Ten’s new show launched. “The stories are done months before,” Monaghan said. “We were just very pleased that Channel Ten decided to launch their show that week.”

Fire on the backburner
Production on a second series of the Seven Network‘s popular drama Fire has been postponed until November in the hope producers can secure Georgie Parker to reprise her role as Morgan Cartwright. “Nothing has been signed, but Georgie is indicating she’d rather pursue theatre work than film another series of Fire,” a Seven spokesperson told TV Week. “But, despite that, negotiations are continuing and they are confident they’ll get Georgie.” It does appear, however, that fellow co-star Peter Phelps will not be returning. “His return isn’t looking good,” the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the series will be adding a second female character to join the team of firefighters and will also be adding two new male cast members to replace Aaron Jeffery, whose character was killed off, and Shane Feeney-Connor, whose character was revealed as the arsonist in the first series. Because of the delay in production the second series may not appear on screen until April next year.

salvatorecocoSal to the rescue
Heartbreak High‘s Salvatore Coco (pictured) is joining the cast of ABC‘s Police Rescue for its upcoming fifth and final series. Coco will play Joseph Cardillo, described as “young, bright, energetic, optimistic, confident and charming”. It is actually Coco’s second appearance in the ABC drama. He had a guest role opposite Home And Away star Laura Vasquez in an earlier episode.


  • funniestpeopleSeventies pop star John Paul Young failed to convince the studio audience of Seven‘s Funniest People that he was the real deal. He appears on the show’s upcoming lookalike special, pictured (centre) with co-host Andrew Daddo with judge Julia Morris from Full Frontal.
  • Trouble on the set of the new Midday, already? Apparently new co-hosts Tracy Grimshaw and David Reyne didn’t quite get on during their first meeting and publicity shoot. It was described by a Nine source as “a slight clash of egos”, but all are confident any issues will be sorted by the time the show debuts next month.
  • Home And Away star Lynne McGranger is about to get proposed to in the series, and to have her first… and second… screen kiss! Her first kiss comes when her character, Irene Roberts, is proposed to by Mick O’Reilly (Peter Whitford). But the romance may not go to plan when Irene then has a kiss with her ex-husband, Mud (Tom Richards).

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 4 June): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 2287000
2 National Nine News Nine Sun 2082000
3 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2046000
4 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1923000
5 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1866000
6 ER Nine Thu 1861000
7 Gladiators Seven Sat 1853000
8 National Nine News Nine M-F 1835000
9 Money Nine Wed 1807000
10 Best Of World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1793000
11 Our House Nine Wed 1778000
12 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1767000
13 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1764000
14 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1764000
15 The X Files Ten Wed 1760000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1758000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1745000
18 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1721000
19 Home And Away Seven M-F 1699000
20 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1691000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

tomlongrebeccamurphy“At 7 o’clock weeknights, Echo Point (cast including Tom Long and Rebecca Murphy, pictured) has made the most disastrous start in the ratings that I can remember for any Australian soap… and there have been a few clangers. It must have been devastating for Network Ten and the makers of the series, Southern Star Xanadu, to have seen their opening week slide from worst possible scenario downwards. The programming of Echo Point remains a puzzle. That’s all I can say on that matter, really. It made no sense at the time, and I haven’t heard any explanation of it which has since made sense, either.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 24-30):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) features the latest way to insulate the home against aircraft noise and how teenagers learn safer driving with a 3D simulator. Gladiators (7.30pm, Seven) is up to its First Quarter Final. The Final of the Rugby World Cup (10pm, Ten) is live from Johannesburg.

Sunday: AFL Sunday (1pm, Seven) includes Brisbane versus North Melbourne, live from Brisbane, followed by West Coast Eagles versus Sydney, live from Perth. Sunday night movies are Kill Me Again (Seven), Enchanted April (Nine) and Hook (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Echo Point (7pm, Ten), Edwina (Jessica Napier) feels outdone in her own house and plans a little revenge. Wimbledon, the world’s biggest tennis tournament, begins two weeks of competition (10.40pm, Nine).

lynnemcgrangerpeterwhitfordTuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), there are mixed reactions to Irene and O’Reilly’s (Lynne McGranger and Peter Whitford, pictured) engagement. Ray Martin Presents (8.30pm, Nine) interviews Batman Forever stars Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman and Val Kilmer. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Martin (Damian Rice) agrees to perform euthanasia for a dear friend suffering the final stages of the HIV virus.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) are shocked to find that their house is up for sale.

Thursday: In motoring show Behind The Wheel (7.30pm, Ten), Mark Mitchell and Rebekah Elmaloglou open their garage doors, and Dick Johnson test drives monster trucks. In Your Money And Your Life (8pm, Ten), David Koch looks at combining assets, pre-nuptial agreements and the financial results of divorce. Rachel Griffiths guest stars in Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC).

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Marlene (Moya O’Sullivan) helps Danni (Eliza Szonert) and Mal (Benjie McNair) celebrate Mal’s birthday in style. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Chloe’s (Kristy Wright) father warns Jack (Daniel Amalm) to stay away from his daughter. Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) is a delayed telecast of Collingwood versus Adelaide from the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 24 June 1995. Southdown Press




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Jun 30 2015

1995: June 17-23

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The hour is nigh!
After months of speculation it now appears that Nine‘s Jana Wendt is to move to New York to appear on the US version of 60 Minutes. Her contract with Nine expires at the end of the year — and through Nine’s output arrangements with the US it will still have access to Wendt’s US 60 Minutes stories, but without the high salary. Wendt’s husband Brendan Ward is also free to move with no professional ties here except for some post-production work for Seven.

Super Soap Showdown!
The stars of some of Australia’s most popular TV dramas of yesteryear will battle it out in Sale Of The Century‘s Battle Of The TV Classics. Joining Glenn Ridge and Nicky Buckley will be Paul Cronin, Lorraine Bayly, Andrew McFarlane and Susan Hannaford from The Sullivans; Maggie Kirkpatrick, Val Lehman, Fiona Spence and Colette Mann from Prisoner; Cornelia Frances, Chris King, Bartholomew John and Judy McBurney from The Young Doctors; and Jeff Kevin, Johnny Lockwood, Candy Raymond and Elaine Lee (pictured) from Number 96.


kimberleydavies_0003Kimberley’s new drama
Neighbours star Kimberley Davies has landed herself a new series of her own. She will be starring with John Howard in eight-part series of plays called Kimberley’s Playhouse — but the series appears only as a segment in ABC‘s comedy series HG & Roy Tonight. “Kimberley was an absolute professional,” Roy Slaven (John Doyle) told TV Week. “Each role fitted her like a comfy pair of slippers. I think she enjoyed working in another style different from the naturalism of Neighbours — that other show she does. Once casting directors cop an eyeful of this, she could easily become our next Sigrid Thornton.”

Don’s second slam dunk special
Following the ratings success of the recent tribute to The Don Lane Show, the Nine Network is doing it again this week with The Don Lane Show, Too! “There’s interviews that even I’d forgotten I’d done,” Lane told TV Week. But while TV variety is becoming a thing of the past, Lane is set for the next stage in his TV career. He has signed a lucrative deal to host a home shopping show for a pay TV network. “I see this as the next stage of the industry and it’s great to be involved,” he said.


  • Former Fast Forward star Marg Downey is to guest star in an upcoming episode of Blue Heelers. It will be her second dramatic TV role following her starring in the telemovie Economy Class.
  • davidreyne_0001David Reyne (pictured) and Tracy Grimshaw have been announced as the new hosts for the revived Midday show, which is due to debut sometime in July. Reyne fended off opposition from Today‘s Richard Wilkins and Monte Dwyer, who both auditioned with Grimshaw. His appointment comes after the Seven Network pulled the pin on his proposed late night talk show, Electric Blanket.
  • The return of ABC‘s youth affairs program, Wise Up with Jon Faine, was cancelled just days before it was scheduled to appear. Its return had already been listed in TV guides. Even though production of the series of 10 shows has been completed, at a cost of $500,000, it is believed that ABC’s head of television, Penny Chapman, is not a fan.
  • The cast of Heartbreak High have been on a promotional tour of Europe, where the series has been considerably more successful than here at home. It is currently screening in the UK and 12 other countries.
  • Burke’s Backyard‘s resident builder Peter Harris has been snapped up by Nine‘s other lifestyle show, Our House. Harris was signed up by Our House after he had been approached by rival network Seven to join Talk To The Animals as well as fronting his own show. “I wanted to stay with Nine anyway, and while I was umming and aahing and rejecting other things, Our House came along and said they wanted to expand, to grow a little and add another facet to the show,” he told TV Week.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 28 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Rugby League State Of Origin Nine Wed 2139000
2 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2076000
3 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 2066000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 2062000
5 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1840000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1800000
7 Gladiators Seven Sat 1786000
8 ER Nine Thu 1777000
9 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1768000
10 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1768000
11 Step By Step Seven Thu 1755000
12 National Nine News Nine Sat 1742000
13 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1733000
14 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1719000
15 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1718000
16 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1704000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1685000
18 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1680000
19 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1652000
20 Funniest People Seven Thu 1641000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“It’s down to the bare-knuckles stuff now between the Seven Network‘s established Home And Away, and confident challenger, Network Ten‘s Echo Point. Eventually, it will have to be a fight to the death but, in between times, the biggest problem could be trying to pick the difference between them. We’ve had the Echo Point crowd introduced amid some plotline intrigue, while Home And Away has re-introduced some former favourites, albeit one of them as a ghost!”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 17-23):
Saturday: In Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten), musician Mike Oldfield talks about the making of his CD ROM. The AFL season has a mid-year break while the league plays State Of Origin — Victoria versus South Australia — in a delayed telecast from the MCG (6pm, Seven).

Sunday: The AFL State Of Origin (2pm, Seven) features Western Australia versus AFL Allies, live from Perth. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River 2 (6.30pm, Nine), Kathleen (Wendy Hughes) starts a hospital for sick railway workers. Sunday night movies are Damage (Seven), Love, Honour And Obey (Nine) and Predator (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), a plane is reported to have gone down with Angel (Melissa George), Dylan (Corey Glaister) and Teresa (Diane Craig) on board. Sale Of The Century‘s (7pm, Nine) Battle Of The TV Classics kicks off tonight featuring cast members from The Sullivans.

Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), the plane wreckage is found with one fatality; while Michael (Dennis Coard) goes off in search of two missing people. Don Lane presents a second tribute to his long-running tonight show with The Don Lane Show, Too (8.30pm, Nine). In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Sonia (Zoe Carides) and Martin (Damian Rice) are in conflict over their racial attitudes when the witness an injured footballer’s shabby treatment by his club.


Wednesday: Former Prisoner cast members Maggie Kirkpatrick, Val Lehman, Fiona Spence and Colette Mann (pictured) are contestants on Sale Of The Century‘s (7pm, Nine) Battle Of The TV Classics.

Thursday: In Echo Point (7pm, Ten), Frannie (Rebecca Murphy) is hurt to see Dave (Tom Long) has a girlfriend. The series return of Getaway (7.30pm, Nine) features shopping in New York, trekking from Nepal to Mount Everest and a trip of a lifetime on board the Endeavour. In Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC), thrillseeking BASE jumpers try to enlist Mickey (Gary Sweet) and the Squad as their ground crew.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Marlene (Moya O’Sullivan) continues in her quest to find the gnome snatcher. The AFL season resumes with Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven), a delayed telecast of Essendon versus Hawthorn at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 17 June 1995. Southdown Press




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Jun 29 2015

1995: June 10-16

tvweek_100695Home And Away home wrecker!
“I’ve never wanted to play a goody-two-shows character,” Home And Away star Isla Fisher (pictured) told TV Week as her character, Shannon, sets her sights on the recently-married Shane (Dieter Brummer). “I’m not there to have the entire population fall in love with my character — that’s unrealistic. I think the audience likes to see a bad side to everyone, and Shannon can be quite devious.” But Fisher is ready for the backlash that could occur . “Can you imagine the fan mail I’m going to get after this? Everyone’s going to write in and say, ‘She’s awful. Get rid of that vixen Shannon!’.”

catrionarowntreeWhat’s next, Doc?
Catriona Rowntree (pictured), the 23-year-old who in only three years has risen to fame as a reporter and host on Wonder World! as well as hosting cartoon show What’s Up Doc? and the weekend request show on Triple J, is considering her next career move. “It may be time for me to be getting back into journalism,” she told TV Week. “I don’t want to be an actor and I don’t want to be a singer. I like to write and I like talking to people and telling stories.” Rowntree completed a journalism degree in 1990 before getting her first job at a national magazine. She had also worked as a news researcher and newsreader at a community radio station. “I feel like I have to honour my commitment to what I started out doing.”

Sonia’s set to shine
Having worked on Police Rescue and now filming the movie Shine, it may be hard to believe that Sonia Todd once considered giving up acting. It happened after she was fired by British actor Rex Harrison just before the opening of the satirical play Aren’t We All in Melbourne. “We’d been rehearsing with the stand ins, and then Rex turned up three days before opening and fired me!,” she told TV Week. “He said I wasn’t tall enough or classy enough. I don’t know exactly, but they gave me the boot. It was pretty devastating at the time. I thought, ‘I’m obviously not cut out for acting in this cut-throat type of thing’.” But then she scored the role of Georgia in Police Rescue, which is about to begin production on its fifth series. “Yeah, I’ve been giving up acting. I’ll get around to it one day,” she laughs.


  • It was an all-star celebration at Melbourne’s HSV7 recently as the station clocked up four ratings wins over traditional leader GTV9. Among those to celebrate were cast members of Blue Heelers as well as Tim Watson (4 Quarters) and Cathy Godbold (Newlyweds) (pictured).
  • Former Chances star Rhys Muldoon has signed up to join the cast of Nine‘s new comedy series Us And Them.
  • Mary Gearin, new reporter for Nine‘s Sports Sunday program, says she has no qualms about working in a predominantly male environment. “Men can get awfully aggressive, even just talking about their sport, but usually the players are okay to deal with. I certainly don’t have a problem being around them and doing my job,” she told TV Week.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 21 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 2159000
2 National Nine News Nine Sun 2097000
3 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2052000
4 Gladiators Seven Sat 1929000
5 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1916000
6 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1913000
7 The X Files Ten Wed 1873000
8 ER Nine Thu 1841000
9 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1807000
10 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1805000
11 Step By Step Seven Thu 1792000
12 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1778000
13 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1750000
14 National Nine News Nine Sat 1742000
15 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1735000
16 National Nine News Nine M-F 1726000
17 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1723000
18 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1710000
19 The Nanny Ten Wed 1679000
20 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1676000

Caron James: The View From Here:

“The only big weakness Blue Heelers has is its lack of women police officers. Lisa McCune is the only female member of the regular cast, and it would be gratifying to see another policewoman character added to the show. The producers are well aware of this shortcoming, but seem to be taking their time about addressing it. And now we come to that other Australian cop sow, Funky Squad, with no basis in reality whatsoever. It’s a good gag but, in the end, it is just that — a gag that perhaps should have been a one-off special, but doesn’t stand up as a series. As suspected, the funniest thing about Funky Squad is the inclusion of actual 1970s commercials (Lime Fresh!).”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 10-16):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) meets a doctor, hooked on adrenaline, who jumps off cliffs to relieve stress. Anthony Warlow, Australia’s first Phantom Of The Opera, guest stars on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (6.30pm, Nine) to perform songs from his new album. The Rugby World Cup resumes with the First (8.30pm, Ten) and Second (11.20pm, Ten) Quarter Finals.

Sunday: AFL Sunday (1pm, Seven) includes Brisbane versus Fitzroy, live from Brisbane, followed by Fremantle versus North Melbourne, live from Perth. In Heartbreak High (5.30pm, Ten), Vic (Ernie Dingo) is clearly shaken when a man from his home town turns up at the school wanting to talk. Sunday night movies are Stalking Laura (Seven) and Butterbox Babies (Nine). The Rugby World Cup continues with the Third (8.30pm, Ten) and Fourth (11.20pm, Ten) Quarter Finals.

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Billy (Jesse Spencer) thinks he’s in luck with Olivia (Renai Caruso) but doesn’t know her real motives. The final clash of the Rugby League State Of Origin series has a delayed coverage (9.30pm, Nine).

lorrainebayly_0002Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Donna (Nicola Quilter) tries to enjoy romance the only way Travis (Nic Testoni) knows how — with beer and pizza. Lorraine Bayly (pictured) and Peter O’Brien guest star as a mother and son in GP (8.30pm, ABC). In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), Nick (William McInnes) and Adam (Damian Walshe-Howling) investigate a rape in the outlying town of Widgeree.

Wednesday: In Halifax fp: Hard Cops (8.30pm, Nine), when a criminal is gunned down during a meeting with detectives, forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) is enmeshed in a complex web of corruption allegations, organised crime, bribery and love.

Thursday: In Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC), Constable Kathy Orland (Tammy MacIntosh) makes an error of judgement and questions her ability as a rescue cop.

carolinegillmer_0001Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Karl (Alan Fletcher) confronts Cheryl (Caroline Gillmer, pictured) about Mal (Benjie McNair) and Danni’s (Eliza Szonert) sleeping arrangements.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 10 June 1995. Southdown Press





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Jun 28 2015

1995: June 3-9

tvweek_030695Cover: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny (The X Files)

Nicolle returns to her old haunts!
Former Home And Away favourite Nicolle Dickson is returning to the series… two years after her character, Bobby, was killed off! In upcoming episodes, Ailsa (Judy Nunn), who is approaching a nervous breakdown, has visions of her dead friend, Bobby. “It’s a really good storyline for Judy,” Dickson told TV Week. “I’m more part of Ailsa’s subconscious than a ghost!”

After 500 shows, Geoff’s still cooking
Geoff Jansz will soon be presenting his 500th episode of Nine‘s What’s Cooking. Since taking over from Gabriel Gate in 1993, Jansz has prepared more than 2000 recipes for the show. “I really enjoy it and never get tired of it. I just fall in a heap at the end of the day,” he told TV Week. “I like recipes that use fabulous ingredients and which viewers feel they can make too.” Some What’s Cooking segments are filmed at Jansz’s farm property at Bowral, New South Wales. “I said from day one that we should get a farm on What’s Cooking to show the growing side of it. They (Nine) finally agreed, so I spent all my holidays ploughing the fields!”

michaelcraigsuewalkerMichael set for GP marriage… to his real-life wife!
Fans of the ABC series GP will have been following the romance between William (Michael Craig) and Eva (Craig’s real-life wife, Sue Walker). William offered a vague proposal to Eva in episodes screened a few weeks ago, but the couple’s engagement storyline will not appear until later in the year. What is unknown is whether or not William and Eva finally do tie the knot.  “I think we will be married,” Craig told TV Week. “But we know nothing at the moment. We would be the last people to be told what is intended.” He is not exaggerating, either. Craig admitted that the first he heard about actor Steve Bisley joining the cast of GP was by watching a report on ABC’s magazine program TVTV. “There had been rumours,” he said. “They hadn’t actually informed us.” As to the show’s future, Craig is equally in the dark as to whether it will get renewed for another year or if he will be part of it. “There’s this sort of talk every year. All I can tell you is that we are both contracted with the show until the middle of October. As for whether I’d like to come back, that rather depends on what they do. The show might come back without me.”


  • The Ten Network‘s new soapie Echo Point kicks off this week… taking on Home And Away in the 7.00pm timeslot from Monday. Ten is confident that Echo Point (with cast including New Zealander Martin Henderson and newcomer Rose Byrne, pictured) will see Home And Away take a hit in the ratings, but Seven is fighting back with Home And Away this week featuring the return of former cast members Emily Symons (Marilyn), Nicolle Dickson (Bobby) and Adam Willits (Steven).
  • Meanwhile, the Nine Network is working with Village Roadshow on a new soap, Breakers, to be filmed on the Gold Coast. The new show, to have a PG rating, is aimed for a daytime or late-night timeslot. No cast members have been announced as yet but production is expected to begin in August.
  • Nine is also making a pilot for a new comedy series. Titled Us And Them, it features a cast of two men and two women and looks at how near impossible it is to get on with the opposite sex. “It’s ‘battle of the sexes’ dressed up in a new comedy,” a spokesperson for Nine said. Us And Them is being produced by Telltale Films (producers of All Together Now and The Bob Morrison Show) and features Doris Younane (Heartbreak High), Kylle Hogart and Brian Meegan.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 14 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Rugby League State Of Origin Nine Mon 2182000
2 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1941000
3 National Nine News Nine Sun 1892000
4 ER Nine Thu 1874000
5 Gladiators Seven Sat 1869000
6 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1834000
7 National Nine News Nine M-F 1791000
8 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1781000
9 The X Files Ten Wed 1766000
10 National Nine News Nine Sat 1752000
11 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1727000
12 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1719000
13 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1701000
14 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1696000
15 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1694000
16 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1687000
17 Our House Nine Wed 1675000
18 Money Nine Wed 1668000
19 The Nanny Ten Wed 1642000
20 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1636000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“Don’t do it — that’s all I can say about the first big steps towards televising criminal court proceedings in Australia. In Melbourne recently, Justice Teague allowed a television camera to record his sentencing to life imprisonment of self-confessed child killer Nathan John Avent. The footage, under Mr Justice Teague’s editing supervision and other stringent conditions, was allowed to be run on the television news services that night. But, apart from triggering a fairly hot public debate (“Murder sentence broadcast divides the nation”, said Page One of The Australian), did it really achieve much? The commercial networks led their bulletins with the story, mainly, they said, because of the historical significance of the footage. The ABC declined to do so, citing Mr Justice Teague’s conditions as compromising to the corporation’s editorial independence. Taking that position often can be seen as “precious”, but in this instance I don’t think so. I admire the stand the ABC took. Let’s not have lawyers more concerned about the media than their clients, the media more concerned about the prosecutor’s changes in hairstyle than the evidence she can produce. I know justice must be seen to have been done… but not seen live on television, thank you very much.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 3-9):
Saturday: Jacqueline and Iain Gillespie present a new magazine series, House Hunt (12pm, Seven), looking at houses for sale in Melbourne. Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) looks at a new treatment to help prevent miscarriages and how to design a computer game. The Rugby World Cup (10.45pm, Ten) features Australia versus Romania, Scotland versus France, Tonga versus Ivory Coast (highlights) and Canada versus South Africa.

Sunday: AFL Sunday (2pm, Seven) includes West Coast Eagles versus Brisbane, live from Perth, followed by highlights of Carlton versus Hawthorn at Optus Oval in Melbourne. Sunday night movies are Three Of Hearts (Seven), the 1964 classic My Fair Lady (repeat, Nine) and Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot (Ten). Rugby World Cup (10.40pm, Ten) continues overnight.

Monday: In the debut of Echo Point (7pm, Ten), Daniel Blake (Phillip Gordon) returns to Echo Point after a long and bitter absence. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Marilyn (Emily Symons) returns to Summer Bay with her marriage in jeopardy. In the series final of Funky Squad (8pm, ABC), the squad becomes the subject of twisted death threats after an inmate with a score to settle is released from jail. In the Cody telemovie The Tipoff (8.30pm, Seven), Cody (Gary Sweet) and Fiorelli (Robert Mammone) stake out a gun shop after Cody gets a tip-off that a job is on. Later, Cody learns from his mother that Jimmy Cotter (Frankie J Holden), a childhood friend, is in town. Cotter, a thug turned slick businessman, sets up shonky investment companies and Cody’s mother loses a small fortune.

Tuesday: In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when a woman reports her daughter as missing, the Blue Heelers find she has moved in with her schoolteacher.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen (Anne Haddy) and Reuben’s (James Condon) dream relationship ends. In Echo Point (7pm, Ten), tempers flare as Zac (Martin Henderson), Dean (Diarmid Heidenreich) and Edwina’s (Jessica Napier) joyride ends. ABC radio host Jon Faine hosts a new series of Wise Up (10pm, ABC), looking at issues related to youth rights.

simonreeve_0001Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Ailsa (Judy Nunn) thinks Alf (Ray Meagher) is trying to kill her. In Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Michael Beatty visits a Spanish refuge for donkeys, Simon Reeve (pictured) visits Costa Rica in search of the country’s national emblem, the macaw, and Olivia Newton-John travels to Canada to report on a study into the Canadian moose.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Sally (Kate Ritchie) is sprung with her fingers in the till. Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) features delayed coverage of Collingwood versus St Kilda at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 3 June 1995. Southdown Press




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Jun 26 2015

Channel 78 is off and racing…

racing_0001Another channel has just joined our free-to-air ranks.

Channel 78, formerly the home of infomercial channel Fresh Ideas TV, has relaunched as a racing station from the Seven Network in association with Racing Victoria.

As part of its broadcast rights agreement with Racing Victoria (RV) and as an interim measure following the cessation of Victorian racing coverage via Sky Racing, Seven’s new channel will be broadcasting the online stream of the Racing.com website until such time as the new RV channel is launched — currently scheduled for 29 August.

The new channel will give viewers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth access to coverage of all Victorian races.

Unlike other channels on the free to air platform, Channel 78 is broadcasting as an MPEG4 service which should be compatible with recent model tuners. Viewers with older tuners, possibly purchased prior to 2009, may need to upgrade or purchase a new receiver or Personal Video Recorder.

RV and Seven will be working on extending the channel’s availability to areas outside of the Seven Network coverage. Discussions also continue with Tabcorp to resume Victorian racing broadcasts on Sky Racing.

Source: Racing.com


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Jun 16 2015

Chris Bath to exit Seven

chrisbathAfter 20 years with the Seven Network, Sydney newsreader Chris Bath has decided to walk away.

Bath, who reads the Friday and Saturday night Seven News and hosts current affairs program Sunday Night, will leave Seven at the end of July.

In a statement issued by the network, Bath said:

“This has been a very big decision. I’m very grateful for the past wonderful 20 years at Seven. I want to thank the Network for giving me the chance to enjoy every broadcast journalism experience possible; from reading News to assignments abroad including East Timor, Bali, Gallipoli, Royal weddings and various Olympics, to interviewing pollies on Face to Face, 11am and Sunday Sunrise to Witness and Sunday Night, to the glorious anarchy of anchoring breaking news events for hours with our first class studio crews, to tangoing to ACDC under a mirror ball on Dancing with the Stars. I’ve loved it all, worked with some amazing people and made lifelong friends at Seven. It has been a tough
decision to leave, but years ago I left a great job in regional television because I didn’t want to say “What if?” about life, and I feel with all that experience on board now, the time is right again to explore new horizons.”

Chairman of Seven West Media, Kerry Stokes said:

“After two decades of impeccable work at Seven News and more recently, hosting and reporting for Sunday Night, Chris has established a legion of fans, on both sides of the camera. For all of the long days that inevitably turn into long nights, I thank Chris for not once taking the easy way to get the facts that get the story. Chris has always been there to work in the community, especially with schools, and has made trips to Perth to help with Telethon. I’ll miss her sense of humour and on air professionalism. Channel Seven will always have a place for Chris, in the meantime however, I wish her every success for the future”

Bath’s departure comes after being shifted in 2014 to the lower profile Friday and Saturday night bulletins of Seven News after falling ratings as anchor of the weeknight bulletin. “I had a good crack at it, that’s all I can do,” she was quoted in reports at the time.

Prior to joining Seven, Bath had worked in regional television at Prime and NBN.

Melissa Doyle, who currently presents Seven’s afternoon bulletin, will take over presenting the Friday and Saturday Seven News bulletins in Sydney as well as hosting the national Sunday Night.





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Jun 12 2015

Nine Perth turns 50

stw9_1965Happy Birthday to Perth’s STW Nine which turns 50 years old today.

The licence to operate Perth’s second commercial station was awarded to Swan Television in February 1964. Among the shareholders in Swan Television was Ansett Transport Industries — the company which had been awarded the licence to operate Melbourne’s third commercial station, ATV0, and which also had a financial interest in the successful licence bid to launch Adelaide’s third commercial station.

After gaining its licence, Swan Television established its new channel STW9’s  studio complex, a single-storey structure comprising three studios, a large audience foyer and a staff cafeteria. The construction, designed by Perth architects Howlett & Bailey, was estimated to have cost £190,000 with an additional £400,000 spent on equipment.

By the time it was launched in June 1965, STW had a staff of 100 — including radio and stage actor Walter Pym, who was appointed station newsreader and interviewer, and on-air presenters including Audrey Barnaby, Alan Graham, Peter Harries and Jeff Newman.

After a series of test transmissions, STW9 made its official debut on Saturday, 12 June 1965. The first program, Montage Of Perth, was a pictorial of the city of Perth, then boasting a population of around 500,000. The program was followed by the official opening of the channel by West Australian Premier David Brand at 5.55pm. The telemovie The Cowboy And The Tiger and The World’s Greatest Showman — the biography of Cecil D deMille — took viewers through the evening before a screening of TV Spells Magic, the musical special produced for the opening of Sydney’s TEN10 a few months earlier.

The channel’s first news bulletin included a replay of Premier Brand’s opening night speech and was followed by All My Eye And Betty Martin Too, a topical comedy show hosted by local personality Buddy Clarke.

The final program of the night was the film Guys And Dolls, starring Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.

Launching with a schedule of around 44 hours of programming a week, STW9’s program line-up included imports The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Bing Crosby Show, Daniel Boone and The Dinah Shore Show.

The arrival of STW9 in Perth was finally some commercial competition for TVW7, which had launched almost six years earlier. With two local channels now competing for “national” programs, both TVW7 and STW9 entered into a joint venture for the purchase of programs from the eastern states. The new company, TV Facilities, helped ensure that program prices would not skyrocket with eastern states networks now spruiking their programs to a competitive Perth market.

STW9_1970Through the TV Facilities arrangement, STW9 would have access to 50 per cent of the programs being bought from over east, with TVW7 having the other half. The distribution of programs between the two channels was decided often by a simple coin toss.

But despite having access to half the programs purchased by TV Facilities, STW9 was still at a disadvantage up against TVW7 — which as well as having 50 per cent of TV Facilities acquisitions still had access to program deals it had stockpiled over the previous six years. TVW7 had also firmly established itself with a strong local presence prior to Nine’s arrival, with a range of local news, children’s and entertainment programs that made it difficult for Nine to gain a proper foothold, even though Nine launched with local news and programs of its own — including variety with The Jeff Newman Show, teenage music show Pad 9, children’s show The Channel Niners Club and All My Eye And Betty Martin Too. The channel later scored a coup when it signed up newsreader Lloyd Lawson to move across from Seven — starting what would become a frequently changing line-up of news presenters at the station over the next 50 years. Some of the names to appear at the STW9 news desk over the years include Alan Graham, Peter Dean, Peter Barlow, Noel Watson, Russell Goodrick, Peter Waltham, Anne Conti, Liam Bartlett, Tina Altieri, Terry Willesee, Greg Pearce, Peter Holland, Dixie Marshall, Sonia Vinci and current presenters Tim McMillan, Louise Momber and Emmy Kubainski.

STW9_1975In the early 1970s STW9 made a bold move into drama production with the series The Drifter, starring Alan Cassell. It was a rare occasion to have a TV drama series produced outside of the traditional Sydney and Melbourne markets.

Variety show Spotlight earned STW9 its first Logie in 1971, and children’s character Flapper the Elephant became a regular station mascot.

Jenny Clemesha (now Jenny Seaton) went from children’s programs to host the morning show and present the weather. She collected a number of Logies for her popularity with Western Australian viewers.

9_news_colorIn November 1974, STW9 produced Australia’s first complete TV news bulletin in colour. The following year saw the launch of Appealathon, STW9’s annual fundraising telethon. By 1979 the appeal was raising over $1 million in donations each year.

In 1978 STW9, which with TVW7 had resisted formal connections to any of the eastern states networks, took the plunge and affiliated to the Nine Network. The change saw STW gain direct access to the Nine Network’s program inventory without risking certain shows going to TVW7 under the TV Facilities arrangement. The change came at a time when the Nine Network was on a ratings climb with World Series Cricket, The Sullivans and new shows over the coming years including 60 Minutes and Sale Of The Century. The channel’s daytime ratings also benefited with the adoption of The Mike Walsh Show, which it secured after a legal battle with TVW7. For the first time STW9 was offering a formidable challenge to the local dominance of Seven.

9_1980s_0001During the 1980s STW9 claimed Perth’s first one-hour news bulletin and was the first station in Perth to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Local programming included the weekly variety series Perth’s Young Entertainers, the Summergirl beauty contest and the continuing annual Appealathon.

Mining and brewing magnate Alan Bond bought STW9 in 1984 for just under $50 million. With STW9 and investment in Nine’s Brisbane station QTQ9, Bond had the resources to launch Australia’s first satellite-delivered TV station, Sky Channel, broadcasting sports coverage and music programming direct to hotels and venues across Australia.

rp_9_logo.jpgChanges in media ownership laws led to Bond having to sell STW9 in 1989 to regional TV operator Sunraysia Television. Sunraysia then sold STW9 to WIN Corporation in 2007.

In 2013 the channel was sold by WIN to Nine Entertainment Co, owner of the Nine stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide. Former Network Ten executive David Mott returned to his former home town to become managing director of STW, leading a number of initiatives aimed at boosting the channel’s profile. Part of Nine’s increased local commitment includes a morning news service broadcast during the Today program — a move which has since been emulated by rival Seven‘s Sunrise.

9_logo_2009_0001In 2016 STW will move from its original premises in Dianella to a new facility being developed in the Perth CBD.

Source: Tom O’Regan & Ulla Hiltula. The Canberra Times, 28 February 1964. Broadcasting & Television, 27 May 1965. Broadcasting & Television, 10 June 1965. Perth Now. WA TV History





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Jun 11 2015

Southern Cross Ten axes Weeknights program

ashleighgardinerSouthern Cross Ten has today (Thursday) announced the cancellation of its local news and current affairs program Weeknights in Shepparton.

The locally-based program, which debuted in March 2011, offered an alternative local news program to the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley market in regional Victoria.

The only other local news program broadcast in the region is WIN News, presented from Ballarat.

On the program’s Facebook page, Rick Lenarcic, Executive Director of Regional at Southern Cross Austereo, said, “The challenging media environment and associated costs means that sadly Weeknights will broadcast for the last time this evening. We are now looking at other roles in our network for the Weeknights team.”

Weeknights was hosted by Ashleigh Gardner (pictured) with reporters Henry Jones, Penelope Liersch and Peter Cardamone.

The axing of Weeknights follows rival network WIN‘s recent cancellation of local news bulletins for Mackay in Queensland and Mildura in Victoria.

Source: Weeknights GV, Daily Mercury




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May 26 2015

1995: May 27-June 2

tvweek_270595Cover: Dean Cain (Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman)

End of an affair?
He’s been in television for 30 years, won four Gold Logies and is topping the ratings with A Current Affair and his own series of celebrity interview specials, but Ray Martin has given his first indication that it might be time to reassess his work commitments. “I need to mix ACA with the specials, but that’s the problem. The reason I left 60 Minutes was to stay off the road. Now, I’m on the road. I’ve just had 28 days without a day off. You’ve got to pull yourself back,” he told TV Week.  “I want to do what I’m doing, but I don’t want to leave home. We’ve got to work that out. I think ACA has to go on the road. That’s what Australians expect. There’s no reason why you should be stick in a studio. The Americans have shown that technically it can be done. It wasn’t (possible) five years ago.”

coreypageCorey’s the Loving kind
Heartbreak High star Corey Page (pictured) has landed a role in a US daytime soap. The 24-year-old auditioned for a part in ABC series One Life To Live but was considered too young. Producers then created a character for him in ABC’s other daytime soap Loving (not seen in Australia). Although he initially had reservations about working on a soap, Page has taken the view that it is an opportunity to open doors to other projects. “I’m going to kick as much butt as I can while I’m there to prove that I have the ability to do more than just soap,” he told TV Week. “This is a means to an end.”

shaunmicallef_0001Absolutely Fabio!
Full Frontal comedian Shaun Micallef admits he didn’t have to look far for inspiration to impersonate Italian model Fabio. He took the voice from his dad! “I did model the character’s voice on my dad’s,” Micallef told TV Week. “I have never heard Fabio speak, and my father is Maltese, so I used his accent. I don’t think he’s twigged yet!” The mock Fabio (pictured) appears on Full Frontal in a series of sketches called Fabio’s Love Tips, where the superstar model reveals his guide to living romantically. An upcoming episode will see Fabio wed his girlfriend, played by Daina Reid. “This will be big. Even bigger than Shane and Angel’s wedding on Home And Away,” Micallef said.


  • Romance has blossomed on the set of the new ABC series Correlli. Deborra-Lee Furness, who plays prison psychologist Louisa Correlli, has been seen out with co-star Hugh Jackman, an acting newcomer who plays prisoner Kevin Jones. Furness’ only comment was to say, “We are very good friends”.
  • Actor Graeme Blundell is to write an unauthorised biography of TV legend Graham Kennedy.
  • The Nine Network has denied rumours that Mike Munro and Ken Sutcliffe are leaving at the end of the year.
  • Gold Logie winner and A Current Affair host Ray Martin is to make a guest appearance in Ian, the mock soapie staged in Roy And HG‘s Friday night comedy show on ABC. Martin will appear as himself when the soap’s central character Ian (played by footballer Paul Sironen) lands a job at A Current Affair as an “in-depth” reporter. It is not Martin’s first foray into soapie send-ups. Years ago he used to appear in a weekly sketch, A Town Like Dallas, which was performed on his Midday show.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2143000
2 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1965000
3 Gladiators Seven Sat 1904000
4 World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1895000
5 The X Files Ten Wed 1831000
6 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1804000
7 National Nine News Nine Sun 1798000
8 ER Nine Thu 1797000
9 National Nine News Nine Sat 1794000
10 National Nine News Nine M-F 1787000
11 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1776000
12 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1737000
13 SeaQuest DSV Ten Sun 1729000
14 50 Fantastic Years Nine Sun 1700000
15 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1699000
16 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1684000
17 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1683000
18 Money Nine Wed 1663000
19 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1659000
20 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1656000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“When television gets on a roll with something, it really becomes a juggernaut. For instance, just in case we didn’t have enough “lifestyle” programs, Network Ten this week introduces two more — a new motoring show, Behind The Wheel, with James Morrison and Monica Trapaga, and Your Money And Your Life, with finance commentator David Koch and his wife and kids. They join a stable already boasting Healthy Wealthy And Wise and Beyond 2000, but not quite as crowded as those at the other commercial networks.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 27-June 2):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) reports on a man planning to change the way we communicate; and an oversized wing designed to replace satellites for remote surveillance. AFL Saturday (8.30pm, Seven) crosses live to Adelaide for Adelaide Crows versus Hawthorn. The Rugby World Cup (10.45pm, Ten) includes Wales versus Japan, England versus Argentina, Western Samoa versus Italy and New Zealand versus Ireland.

Sunday: In Heartbreak High (5.30pm, Ten), the Hartley High guys decide they want an official school basketball team; and Rose (Katherine Halliday) brings baby Tess to school as her aunt is sick and the gang help her hide the baby until Deloraine (Stephen O’Rourke) learns about it. Sunday night movies are Body Of Evidence (Seven), The Power Of One (repeat, Nine) and Backdraft (repeat, Ten).

Monday: Children’s game shows A*Mazing (4.30pm, Seven) and Vidiot (5.30pm, ABC) return with new episodes. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Alf (Ray Meagher) realises that Ailsa (Judy Nunn) needs professional help. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), the team board the famous Indian Pacific for a journey across three states, from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Reuben (James Condon) has trouble telling Garnet (Richard Moss) about his medical condition; and Mal (Benjamin McNair) is accused of cheating in an exam. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a mother is desperate to find a suitable donor kidney for her son. The Rugby World Cup (10.15pm, Ten) covers South Africa versus Romania, Western Samoa versus Argentina, France versus Ivory Coast and Scotland versus Tonga.

Wednesday: The Rugby League State Of Origin (9.30pm, Nine), New South Wales versus Queensland, is on delayed broadcast from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Rugby World Cup (8.30pm, Ten) includes live coverage of Australia versus Canada, from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), when Ren’s (Raelee Hill) condition doesn’t improve, Karl (Alan Fletcher) suggests drastic measures. The new motoring lifestyle show Behind The Wheel (7.30pm, Ten) is hosted by James Morrison and Monica Trapaga, joined by Dick Johnston and Kevin Bartlett; followed by Your Money And Your Life (8pm, Ten), hosted by David Koch.

Friday: Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) includes delayed coverage of North Melbourne versus Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 27 May 1995. Southdown Press




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