September 2009 archive

Sep 30 2009

Foxtel makes move against Freeview

Foxtel, in one of its biggest ever launches, is firing its next shot in the battle for Australia’s TV viewers. Foxtel CEO Kim Williams yesterday announced a significant milestone for the company with the launch of 30 additional channels (including 12 specific-themed channels, 10 high-definition channels and 8 timeshift channels) to come this year.  The …

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Sep 30 2009

Will Masterchef have Daryl for dinner?

Quite possibly the biggest ratings battle for the year kicks off tonight when the long-awaited reunion of Hey Hey It’s Saturday goes up against the long-awaited Celebrity Masterchef. When the Nine Network announced it was reuniting the team from Hey Hey It’s Saturday for two live-to-air specials, it was anticipated that the shows would be …

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Sep 30 2009

Australia’s progress on digital changeover

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released its second Digital Tracker quarterly summary, keeping an eye on how Australia is converting and adapting to digital television. According to the survey, covering the period April to June 2009: 93 per cent of Australians are aware of the Government’s plan to migrate television …

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Sep 27 2009

1979: September 29-October 5

The long, lonely Lane Since the collapse of his much-publicised romance with architecture student Carmen van Hoorn, Don Lane (pictured) has kept a much lower profile, keeping largely to himself in his luxury $400,000 bayside home in Melbourne, and is accepting of the fact that he may not find love again:  “I have sort of …

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Sep 23 2009

1979: September 22-28

Cover: Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy The Sullivans prepare for peace As the Nine Network’s The Sullivans moves into its fourth year of production, fans needn’t worry that the end of World War II will mean the end of the show.  “Yes, The Sullivans definitely will go on after the war,” says Crawford Productions chairman …

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Sep 22 2009

1979: September 15-21

Cover: Mike Walsh Top job for Robyn Actress Robyn Nevin has scored a major role in the upcoming mini-series Water Under The Bridge.  Nevin will play the role of over-possessive foster mother Shasta in the mini-series based on Sumner Locke Elliott’s novel.  The role will also provide Nevin a more personal challenge – she scored …

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Sep 16 2009

1979: September 8-14

Emergency edition: Due to an industrial dispute at TV Times’ printers, this issue of the magazine has required a change in its usual format.  All regular features have been maintained as well as our complete program coverage.  We apologise for any inconvenience to your usual reading habits. High-flying mates Friendships are rare among actors, who …

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Sep 14 2009

Mike Leyland

Mike Leyland, the elder of the Leyland Brothers, has died at the age of 68 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. A former cameraman for regional television station NBN, Mike and his brother Mal produced a documentary on the Darling River that was sold to the Nine Network and subsequently sold worldwide. The pair later produced …

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Sep 08 2009

Ray Barrett

Veteran Australian film and television actor Ray Barrett has died in a Queensland hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.  He was 82. Starting his career in Brisbane radio at 16, Barrett moved to Sydney in his early 20s and then took his career abroad.  A ten-month stint in the early British TV series Emergency Ward …

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Sep 07 2009

Nine invites us home…

The Australian today reports that the Nine Network is planning a rebranding exercise for its on-air presentation and news and current affairs programming. The original date for the relaunch was set to be 09/09/09, but the pending full-scale launch of their digital channel Go has made this impractical. For thirty years, Nine branded itself as …

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