April 2008 archive

Another network?

Australia could be about to get a fourth commercial TV network – after the analogue transmitters are all shutdown. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, speaking at a communications conference said that all options for re-utilisation of the spectrum currently being used by analogue television will be open for …

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It must be awards season…

The TV Week Logie Awards are now just a week away (has everyone made their last-minute vote for the ‘Race for Gold’?). The Fugly Awards are also down to the last week of voting while they figure out how they’re going to present them this Friday 2 May. Last week saw pay-TV’s annual awards, The …

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1978: April 29-May 5

Chopper Squad star’s secret fear! Dennis Grosvenor, one of the lead actors in the new 0-10 Network series Chopper Squad, reveals one of the occupational hazards in filming the action drama – motion sickness! “I generally manage to control it fairly well by making sure I haven’t eaten too much before a flying or boating …

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The Top End scores a Ten

Viewers in Darwin will have a third commercial TV channel from Monday when Darwin Digital Television commences transmission. The digital-only service, to broadcast on UHF channel 33, is the first new channel to commence operation in Darwin since Seven Darwin (now Southern Cross Darwin) commenced operation in March 1998.  Test transmissions for Darwin Digital commenced …

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1978: April 22-28

Serves him right!On the eve of his visit to Australia, Are You Being Served? star John Inman (pictured) talks to TV Times about his stage career and the fame that comes from being in a hit TV series. But the actor, who admits being in his early 40s, is reluctant to discuss his private life, …

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YouTube: Good Morning Murwillu…. Melbourne

Another rare gem from the world of YouTube with a flashback to December 1988, and ATV10‘s Good Morning Melbourne with hosts Roy Hampson and Annette Allison: This clip includes guests Mark Trevorrow and Gina Riley as their comic alter-egos Bob Downe and Coralee Hollow, hosts of the fictional regional TV program Good Morning Murwillumbah, a …

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Europe’s living a celebration…!

The biggest event on the SBS calendar is almost upon us with the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, now only weeks away -and as well as the contest’s annual parade of cheesy Europop, this year there’s more to get excited about. This year’s contest, for the first time in the …

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Six billion stories… SBS

January this year marked the return of Nine‘s balls with the network’s revamped image as it tries to win back #1 position in the ratings.  February marked the advent of ABC1 as our national broadcaster ABC set out to “redefine television” by re-branding its two channels. And now, SBS is set to also ring in …

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It’s Fugly time again!

Hollywood has the Razzies, and for the past seven years Australian TV has had its own anti-awards event, the Fugly Awards – and this year is no exception. Voting is now open for the 2008 Fugly Awards – giving Australians a chance to vote in categories that perhaps the TV Week Logie Awards may have …

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1978: April 15-21

Holiday’s new Bill of fare:TV Times previews the new series of ABC‘s Holiday, hosted by Bill Peach (pictured) with reporters Jan Kingsbury and Jeff Watson. The new series covers destinations across Australia, New Zealand, France, Greece and the Pacific region. No blankety rift with channel, says Harry M:Harry M Miller, manager for Graham Kennedy, denies …

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