August 2015 archive

Aug 31 2015

1995: September 2-8

Cover: David Duchovny (The X Files) Echoes of the past Network Ten‘s ailing soap Echo Point is starting to look like a Hey Dad reunion. Julie McGregor, who played ditzy Betty in Hey Dad, is to join Echo Point as nutty Narelle. And now Ben Oxenbould, who was Ben in Hey Dad, is about to …

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Aug 30 2015

1995: August 26-September 1

Acting romantic Great TV romances don’t always have the same chemistry off-screen. Home And Away‘s Shane and Angel might be Australian TV’s hottest couple but the actors that play them, Dieter Brummer and Melissa George (pictured), are less than friends off screen. The pair rarely attend publicity together and only do photo shoots together as …

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Aug 27 2015

Aussat: Dawn of TV’s satellite age

Australia’s domestic communication networks entered the space age 30 years ago today, with the launch of the Aussat satellite. The concept of a domestic satellite was first raised in 1977 with a proposal from Kerry Packer‘s Australian Consolidated Press, owner of TCN9 Sydney and GTV9 Melbourne. Packer, who at the time was masterminding his rebel World Series …

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Aug 22 2015

1995: August 19-25

Undercover lovers! Blue Heelers stars Lisa McCune and Martin Sacks (pictured) are such good friends off-screen that it was hard for the pair to be romantic on-camera. Their characters, Constable Maggie Doyle and Detective Sen-Constable PJ Hasham, are sent undercover and discover their attraction which leads to a kiss, but neither is prepared to admit …

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Aug 21 2015

Maggie Kirkpatrick to appeal conviction

Actor Maggie Kirkpatrick, best known for playing Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson in the long-running series Prisoner, has filed an appeal against her conviction for a historic sex abuse charge. Kirkpatrick, 74, was earlier this week found guilty of two charges of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency from an incident that occurred with a …

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Aug 18 2015

AFL locks in Seven, Foxtel, Telstra for $2.5b

The AFL has locked in the Seven Network, Foxtel and Telstra as broadcast partners for the league for the 2017 to 2022 seasons, collecting around $2.5 billion in the process. The value of the six-year deal is well above the existing rights package which was valued at $1.25 billion for the 2012 to 2016 seasons. The …

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Aug 18 2015

Nine to sell Willoughby studios

For almost 60 years it has hosted some of Australian TV’s most successful personalities and productions. Today, the Nine Network announces that it has sold its studio property in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby for $147.5 million. Nine advises that the property has been bought by Hong Kong-based Euro Properties, with the sale expected to …

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Aug 17 2015

Classic TV Guides: The 1959 Royal Tour

The 1959 Australian visit by Princess Alexandra (pictured) was cause for Sydney’s three TV channels to jointly cover some of the official events during her brief stay in Canberra. Covering events from the national capital was a considerable technical exercise for ABC in setting up local outside broadcast facilities and getting pictures sent direct from Canberra to Sydney …

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Aug 14 2015

1995: August 12-18

Cover: Josie Bissett (Melrose Place) Come in, Spinner! The Nine Network is grooming star cricketer Shane Warne for a TV career. The network, which has the 26-year-old under an exclusive contract, is developing The Cricket Show which it hopes will be the summer equivalent of its top-rating The Footy Show. The Footy Show, which has …

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Aug 10 2015

Nine secures NRL deal for 2018 to 2022

Nine Entertainment Co, owner of the Nine Network, has announced that it has secured coverage to the National Rugby League (NRL) for the 2018 to 2022 seasons. There had been earlier speculation in media reports that the Ten Network, which failed in the last round of NRL rights, was again seeking to access NRL. The deal, worth …

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