November 2014 archive

Nov 24 2014

Graeme Goodings leaves Seven Adelaide

Veteran Adelaide newsreader Graeme Goodings has left Seven News. He tweeted the news of his departure from Seven earlier today. AdelaideNow reports that Goodings, Seven’s weekend news presenter, was offered a “reduced capacity” role but instead opted to resign. He had been with the station since 1980 when it was SAS10. He was the main newsreader …

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Nov 24 2014

ABC to cut 400 staff

On the eve of the 2013 election, then opposition leader Tony Abbott succinctly promised “no cuts to the ABC or SBS”. ABC staffers today learned that 400 jobs will go amid a restructure that will see television production wound down in the smaller capital cities. The corporation is also embarking on a program of 40 efficiency measures …

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Nov 23 2014

1994: November 26-December 2

Cover: Tim Allen (Home Improvement) Paul raises interest in money Paul Clitheroe‘s Money program has been a ratings hit for Nine — but nobody was expecting much when the program was first proposed. Images of fawn-suited accountants, whiteboards and endless figures had the network’s creative heads cringing. But Money went on to be a ratings …

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Nov 18 2014

On TV: 18 November 1964, Melbourne

An ambitious local production of Shakespeare’s Othello (starring Raymond Westwell, pictured) was the highlight of ABC station ABV2‘s program schedule in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 November 1964, as reported in both TV Week and TV Times.. Television that day didn’t kick off until late morning — with the first program of the day being For The Juniors, …

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Nov 16 2014

1994: November 19-25

Talk To The Animals in Africa While filming for Talk To The Animals in Africa, reporter Steve Oemcke was convinced he was going to die when an elephant charged at him. He was using a video camera to tape the crew bravely filming the elephants at close range: “I was filming this elephant, then swinging …

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Nov 14 2014

Top 10 Aussie TV Themes

A little while ago an American TV blog, Comfort TV, ran a series of articles listing its favourite TV themes of each decade from the 1950s to 1980s. Many were of shows very familiar to Australian audiences, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, The Love Boat, Cheers, Moonlighting, Twin Peaks and Highway To …

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Nov 11 2014

The Mavis Bramston Show’s 50th anniversary

It was 50 years ago today that the legendary comedy show The Mavis Bramston Show first appeared on our screens. Before its debut, Executive Producer Michael Plant described the show as “unlike anything ever done in television before”, promising topical comedy, sketches and send-ups. The show’s chief writer David Sale, in his recent book Number …

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Nov 09 2014

1994: November 12-18

Cover: Melissa George (Home And Away) Sundae too far away! Those who have seen the film The Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert may have seen Ken Radley as the vile redneck drunk in Coober Pedy intent on doing something “something villainous” to Guy Pearce‘s befrocked character. What most may not realise is that Radley …

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Nov 08 2014

Countdown turns 40

Countdown, the show that epitomised the pop music scene in Australia for over a decade, made its debut 40 years ago today. Produced at ABC‘s Melbourne studios, Countdown was initially commissioned for six half-hour and two one-hour programs to air on Friday evenings in November and December 1974. The new show was six months in …

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Nov 05 2014

Who Do You Think You Are… a sitcom?

These days the title Who Do You Think You Are? refers to a celebrity-themed genealogical series created by the BBC and franchised around the world, including Australia, where it has been a hit for SBS. Back in the Seventies, Who Do You Think You Are? was a show of a much different kind. It was …

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