Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 30 2013

How Australia made ABBA

It is well known that Swedish pop group ABBA got their big break as winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, but in many respects they only gained the attention of the recording industry and pop music fans worldwide after their subsequent popularity in Australia. Although they had some chart success in Europe following …

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Jan 30 2013

3AW honours Peter Hitchener

Nine News Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener (pictured) was a special guest on Denis Walter‘s 3AW program yesterday (Tuesday) in celebration of his 40 years at the Nine Network. Offering their congratulations to Hitchener on his career achievement were Nine colleagues Tony Jones, Livinia Nixon, Pete Smith and news director Hugh Nailon. Raised in the remote Queensland town of Texas, …

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Jan 28 2013

Obituary: Pat Lovell

Pat Lovell, film producer and former TV host best known as Miss Pat from Mr Squiggle, has died at the age of 83 following complications due to liver cancer. Starting her career in radio at the ABC, in 1960 she replaced Gina Curtis as host of the Wednesday edition of ABC‘s Children’s TV Club which included the …

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Jan 26 2013

Ita Buttrose — Australian of the Year

Journalist, media identity and ambassador for various social and health issues, Ita Buttrose was last night (Friday) named Australian Of The Year for 2013. Her media career was predominantly in magazines and newspapers — most notably as the founding editor of women’s magazine Cleo in the 1970s and later editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly …

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Jan 23 2013

1993: January 24-30

Cover: Gia Carides (Police Rescue) John cops a Singapore sling Actor John Waters has landed the lead role in the upcoming telemovie Singapore Sling, playing the part of private eye John Stanford.  Produced by Perth-based Barron Films, Singapore Sling marks Waters’ return to television after a year on the stage — starring in the musical …

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Jan 19 2013

Seven changes news line-up

Seven News has announced its biggest presenter shake-up in Brisbane in over a decade, with Sharyn Ghidella and former Ten newsreader Bill McDonald (both pictured) now heading the line-up. Queensland-born Ghidella has led Seven News‘ weekend bulletin in Brisbane since 2007.  She had previously worked in Sydney as newsreader for Nine’s Today and had earlier worked at …

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Jan 15 2013

1993: January 17-23

Cover: Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210) Sophie the scientist! Sophie Lee has admitted that she has a daunting task ahead as she tackles the role of a genetic scientist in the New Zealand-based mini-series Typhon’s People — a series set after the year 2000.  “When I read the script I couldn’t believe how convoluted it …

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Jan 13 2013

Helen Kapalos joins Today Tonight

Former Ten News presenter Helen Kapalos (pictured) has been reported as the new host for Today Tonight in Melbourne and Sydney.  She replaces Matt White who announced his departure from the program late last year. Kapalos was dismissed from Ten News on the eve of a planned holiday in November last year as part of the network’s …

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Jan 08 2013

1993: January 10-16

Georgie Parker: A brilliant success in trying times! On the eve of the opening night for stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, former A Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) says it’s not possible.  “The title is not true!,” she told TV Week.  “I think a musical performance is the hardest of …

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Jan 05 2013

January is Rage retro month

It’s January again.  Time for Rage to go back through the ABC archive and dig out those classic pop music shows of years gone by.  For the next four Saturday nights (or early Sunday morning), Rage goes retro in what has been an annual tradition for years. Retro month kicks off with a one-hour preview …

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