October 2015 archive

Nine launches 9HD and 9Life

The Nine Network has revealed its plans for 2016, including a raft of new shows and returning titles — but there are some announcements that are set to shake things up. Firstly, Nine’s primary channel is returning to High Definition broadcast. From 26 November, Nine will resume the HD simulcast of its primary channel for the …

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Starting from zero… 35 years of SBS TV

This weekend marks 35 years since Bruce Gyngell (pictured) announced “Good evening, and welcome to multicultural television,” on the opening night of Channel 0/28 — the network that is now SBS. The birth of 0/28 and multicultural television came five years after the launch of ‘ethnic’ radio stations in Sydney and Melbourne that would eventually come under the …

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Food Network launches 17 November

SBS has unveiled details of its new food channel, Food Network, which is to begin transmission on Tuesday 17 November. Food Network, to be available on digital channel 33, will feature locally-made product from SBS combined with programs sourced through a licencing agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive — producer of food and lifestyle programs from around the …

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1995: October 21-27

Kimberley in full cry Kimberley Davies (pictured) told TV Week she can’t think why she is leaving Neighbours after three years. “I just am,” she said. “There’s no particular reason. It’s time to leave.” Davies also refuses to elaborate on speculation that she has landed a new job overseas. “Can’t say,” she says. “Because I just …

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Telethon weekend raises over $35 million

It was a big weekend for fundraising, with separate telethons in both Western Australia and Queensland. Western Australia’s traditional Telethon was back for its 48th year and once again raised a record-breaking total — $25,854,524. Telethon, based at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, was broadcast over 26 hours through Seven in Perth and GWN7 …

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Obituary: Sir James Cruthers

Sir James Cruthers, the man who launched Western Australia’s first TV station, has died at the age of 90. Cruthers was working at West Australian Newspapers in 1958, when he was ordered by the company’s managing director to go to Melbourne to investigate television. “I was a newspaper man. I had never seen television,” he recalled many …

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1995: October 14-20

Cover: Jo Beth Taylor (Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show) Midday show to be a late bloomer Midday co-host Tracy Grimshaw has conceded that the revived daytime show’s pre-publicity did nothing to endear it to a mature audience. “In the lead-up to the launch of the show we allowed a concept that wasn’t right to get …

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1995: October 7-13

Mum’s the word Home And Away‘s Melissa George (pictured) says there is an unexpected benefit to portraying a pregnant woman on television. “Now I can eat my lunch before going on set and not have to worry about holding my tummy in!,” she told TV Week. Her character Angel’s pregnancy to Shane (Dieter Brummer) was not …

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Classic TV Guides: Bathurst 500

The Seven Network‘s telecast of the Bathurst 500 on Sunday 5 October 1969 boasted a leap in technology. A computer worth $1.75 million was linked to the racetrack to provide immediate overall and class placings. The coverage from Sydney’s ATN7 involved more than 60 technicians, camera operators and other station personnel. Setting up the outside broadcast …

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Studio 10 turns 500

Network Ten‘s mid-morning show Studio 10 today reached the milestone of 500 episodes — a stellar achievement given the show is something of the underdog to rivals The Morning Show and Mornings. The program has also survived where its lead-in program Wake Up was put to rest after only months on air and following the network’s director …

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