May 2013 archive

May 28 2013

Brisbane’s farewell to analogue

While most TV stations in shutting down their analogue signals have tackled the event with the mere flicking off a switch at the transmitting tower without any fanfare, Brisbane’s BTQ7 managed to broadcast a brief sign-off sequence, effectively flashing the previous 54 years before our own eyes before settling on a reconstructed black-and-white test pattern …

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May 28 2013

SE Queensland switches off analogue

South East Queensland — including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast — will be switching off analogue TV today affecting local transmissions of ABC1, Seven (BTQ), Nine (QTQ), Ten (TVQ) and SBS1. Also affected will be Sunshine Coast transmissions of Seven Queensland (STQ), WIN (RTQ) and Southern Cross Ten (TNQ) and Gold Coast …

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May 26 2013

The 1963 TV buyer’s guide

There was some excitement in TV land by the time 1963 — fifty years ago — came around. Television was seven years old in Australia and technology and design had progressed enough that a new generation of TV sets were hitting the market, inevitably to replace the ageing first generation of sets that would be …

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May 25 2013

1993: May 23-29

Cover: Sharon Stone Big screen rescue! Nothing has been formally announced but there are plans for production of a film version of ABC‘s Police Rescue.  Producer Southern Star Xanadu is seeking funding for the project from the Film Finance Corporation and the ABC has already given the green light to go ahead.  Police Rescue — The …

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May 21 2013

1993: May 16-22

Groomed for disaster Neighbours star Scott Michaelson (pictured) is enjoying the emotional challenges coming up for his character Brad Willis, but is not so sure about his character’s choices — in particular having an affair with Lauren (Sarah Vandenbergh) just prior to his wedding to Beth (Natalie Imbruglia, pictured).  “I would never do what Brad …

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May 20 2013

Obituary: Penne Hackforth-Jones

Actress Penne Hackforth-Jones has died at the age of 64, only months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Born in the US, she was brought up in Australia and made her screen debut in the 1969 series Riptide. She went on to appear in a number of productions during the 1970s including Bellbird, Number 96, Division …

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May 19 2013

Number 96, Mavis Bramston and David Sale

English-born writer David Sale (pictured) was the creative force behind two of Australia’s most groundbreaking programs — The Mavis Bramston Show in the 1960s and Number 96 in the 1970s. The Mavis Bramston Show, produced by Seven, was a weekly comedy revue which did not hold back in satirising various social and political issues at a time when Australia was …

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May 14 2013

ABC, SBS get boost in Budget

National broadcasters ABC and SBS have both scored additional funding in the 2013 Federal Budget, handed down by Treasurer Wayne Swan this evening. ABC is to receive just under $60 million over three years to enhance its news and current affairs services and $30 million over three years for online content distribution. ABC managing director …

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May 13 2013

Ten scores 2014 Winter Olympics

Network Ten‘s Hamish McLennan has scored his first win for the network since taking on the role of CEO less than two months ago. Media reports indicate that Ten has been the successful bidder for the Australian TV rights to televise the XXII Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia, in February next year. …

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May 11 2013

1993: May 9-15

Cover: Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210) Shattered lives Loene Carmen, best known for her role as teenager Freya in the 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, makes a dramatic entrance into A Country Practice this week — playing the part of car-crash victim Jules Goodfellow.  “I play a nurse who becomes paraplegic and, as …

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