11 September 2016 archive

Sep 11 2016

Obituary: Norman May

Norman May, legendary sports commentator for ABC, has died at the age of 88. May, a keen sports fan, had been working as an insurance clerk when a chance meeting with ABC sporting supervisor Dick Healey in 1957 led to an invitation to call the surf-lifesaving. From 1958, while television was still new, May officially …

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Sep 11 2016

Obituary: Ken Sparkes

Ken Sparkes, for many years the “voice” of the Nine Network, has died at the age of 76. It is reported that Sparkes died overnight (Australian time) of a heart attack while hosting a river cruise in France. His career began in radio as a sixteen-year-old in country radio, but it was only a few …

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Sep 11 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 begins…

Australian television is 60 years old this week. It was on the night on 16 September 1956 that Bruce Gyngell (pictured) declared “Good evening, and welcome to television” to an estimated viewing audience of around 100,000 — whether they be at home watching on television or among the thousands to be viewing from outside shop windows, …

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