May 2014 archive

ATV Channel 0’s first programs

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first programs to be broadcast on Melbourne’s third commercial station, ATV0, in the lead up to its official launch in August 1964. The station had been broadcasting a test pattern since Thursday, 2 April 1964 but from Monday, 4 May 1964 had commenced a daily schedule of test programs. The …

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Pete Smith and Philip Brady doing podcasts, ’60s style

Podcasting is very much a medium of the 21st century. According to the font of sometimes-unsubstantiated-knowledge that is Wikipedia, podcasting had its origins in the mid 2000s. But it appears that a very early predecessor to the podcast was happening from a Melbourne basement as far back as 1964. Two Melbourne television personalities, Pete Smith of ABV2’s Saturday Hit Parade and …

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Obituary: Paul Ramsay

Businessman and philanthropist Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health Care and the Prime Media Group, has died at the age of 78. He is reported to have suffered a heart attack whilst overseas and died on his return to Australia. Ramsay had founded the Ramsay Health Care group with a single hospital in 1964, with the …

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Obituary: Ian Ross

Former Seven and Nine network newsreader Ian Ross has died at age 73 in a Gold Coast hospital after a short battle with cancer. His career began in the late 1950s in regional radio, at 2MW Murwillumbah, before moving to Sydney to 2SM in the early 1960s. He made the move to television in 1965 …

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