February 2013 archive

Feb 25 2013

1993: February 28-March 6

Olivia’s coming home! After having what she calls ‘the worst year of my life’, Olivia Newton-John (pictured), husband Matt Lattanzi and seven-year-old daughter Chloe are coming to live in Australia.  Newton-John is recovering from breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy which happened at around the same time as the death of her father, Professor Brinley Newton-John, …

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Feb 24 2013

New CEO says Ten will aim older

The man appointed to arguably the most challenging job in television — saving the Ten Network — says he already has a plan to put the network back on the map for advertisers and viewers. Hamish McLennan, appointed as Ten’s new CEO after James Warburton was stood down on Friday, has his sights on the …

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Feb 23 2013

Ten dumps CEO James Warburton

Only fourteen months after stepping into the role of Network Ten CEO, James Warburton (pictured) has been stood down by Ten’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Warburton was a senior executive at the Seven Network before being recruited in 2011 by Ten Network chairman, and acting CEO, Lachlan Murdoch. Warburton’s transition from Seven to Ten was marred by legal action …

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Feb 22 2013

Jane Reilly quits TV for radio

Jane Reilly, one of Adelaide television’s longest serving presenters, has announced she is resigning from her role as weather presenter at Ten News. AdelaideNow reports that Reilly is stepping away from TV to focus on her radio commitments at Adelaide talkback station 5AA. Reilly admitted that her decision will come as a shock to many: …

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Feb 21 2013

SBS to relaunch SBS2 in April

SBS has announced plans to relaunch SBS2 in the channel’s first major revamp since its launch in 2009 as an extension of the SBS brand. The revamped SBS2 — with a new logo (pictured) to match — launches on 1 April.  It will broadcast a prime-time schedule, leaving alone the broadcaster’s daytime hours of foreign-language …

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Feb 18 2013

Regional SA loses out in WIN cutbacks

Viewers in the Riverland and South East districts of South Australia now have no local television news service following regional network WIN‘s immediate closure of the local news bulletin. Staff were notified today (Monday) that the local edition of WIN News was being axed, effective immediately. The axing is reported to have resulted in 10 …

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Feb 16 2013

25 years since we met Kylie Mole

On the evening of Tuesday, 16 February 1988, the Ten Network debuted sketch comedy series The Comedy Company — and with that came the arrival of some future household names: Kylie Mole (pictured), Col’n Carpenter, Uncle Arthur and Con The Fruiterer. (Although, technically, some of these characters had appeared on an earlier comedy show, The …

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Feb 15 2013

Obituary: Haydn Sargent

Veteran Brisbane radio and television identity Haydn Sargent (pictured) has died at the age of 77 after a long illness. A pastor with the Church of Christ, Sargent started his media career at the Christian Television Association in the ’60s and hosted a daily half-hour program, Look, for Brisbane channel TVQ0. He went on to be …

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Feb 12 2013

1993: February 14-20

Cover: Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) ‘From our pain comes the shame’ In the lead-up to ABC‘s screening of docu-drama Joh’s Jury, based on the frustrated jury who failed to reach a verdict in the perjury trial of former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, one of the jurors has spoken to TV Week of the controversial …

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