January 2014 archive

Jan 31 2014

The 3rd AACTA Awards

Actress Jacki Weaver (pictured) has been applauded for a career spanning over 50 years at last night’s 3rd annual AACTA Awards (formerly the AFI Awards). Weaver received the Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement at the presentation held at The Star, Sydney. The accolade comes just days after she was made an Officer of the Order …

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Jan 31 2014

ABC and SBS in government cost efficiency drive

One day after Prime Minister Tony Abbott publicly criticised the ABC for not painting a rose-coloured view of Australia in its news coverage, the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull has announced an “efficiency study” across both national broadcasters, ABC and SBS. The study, due to begin next month, is described as being within the Minister’s responsibilities …

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Jan 30 2014

1994: January 29-February 4

Angel’s little devil In Home And Away, Shane’s (Dieter Brummer) realisation that former street kid Angel (Melissa George) had a baby at the age of 14 has led the couple on a journey to find the three-year-old child that was taken away from her. “Angel has always wanted to go back and see her child, …

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Jan 29 2014

Obituary: Peter Benardos

Peter Benardos, one of the pioneers of television in Australia, has died at the age of 85. Born in Mittagong, NSW, Benardos began his career in radio, working as a panel operator at Sydney radio station 2GB. He later became involved in the development of television in Australia. In the 1970s he was a director …

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Jan 28 2014

Mike Munro joins Network Ten

Network Ten has announced the appointment of Mike Munro to present its weekend Ten Eyewitness News bulletins. He presents his first bulletin on Sunday 9 February. For the Logie award-winning journalist it’s a return to an old stomping ground: “Joining Ten is like coming home. After having started as a copy boy in newspapers, where …

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Jan 27 2014

Seven News in a conundrum

The Seven Network appears to be in a great state of indecision and instability with Seven News at the moment. It is quite a fall from grace when only a few years ago Seven News and Today Tonight were the ratings leaders in their respective timeslots. Last Monday, Seven News unceremoniously dumped its longtime news …

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Jan 26 2014

Paul Bongiorno in Australia Day Honours

Network Ten‘s National Affairs editor Paul Bongiorno has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in today’s Australia Day Honours. Bongiorno received recognition for his significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist, political commentator and editor. In a career that started with the Seven Network in 1974, Bongiorno has been …

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Jan 23 2014

1994: January 22-28

Cover: Tina Thomsen, Andrew Hill (Home And Away) Whitney swings into Neighbours A planned guest appearance in Neighbours by cricketer Greg Matthews put producers in a spin when an incident outside a Perth nightclub left him unable to take part. With only two days’ notice fellow cricketer Michael Whitney stepped in to take Matthews’ place. …

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Jan 23 2014

Adam Boland quits Ten

Network Ten‘s Director of Morning Television, Adam Boland has resigned from the role citing ill health. His resignation comes less than a year after joining the network and three months after the launch of his program initiatives, Wake Up and Studio 10. Since the two programs launched in November Boland has had to take leave …

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Jan 20 2014

ABC1 to be a kids free zone

ABC has announced upcoming changes to its broadcast of children’s programs now that Australia free-to-air television is completely digital. From Sunday 2 February any children’s programs currently broadcasting on ABC1 on Sunday morning (6.30am-9.00am) and weekday afternoons (3.00pm-5.00pm) will be shifted to ABC3 or ABC4Kids (ABC2 daytime). The transmission of schools programs on weekday mornings …

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