March 2017 archive

Mar 28 2017

WIN buys Ten Northern NSW

WIN Corporation has purchased Northern Rivers Television (NRN), the Northern NSW-Gold Coast affiliate of the Ten Network currently owned by Southern Cross Austereo. The deal, worth $45 million plus another $10 million to be paid in a year, will see WIN finally get a foot into the lucrative market of an estimated 2.163 million viewers. The company …

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Mar 26 2017

TV Week Logie Awards — Nominations

TV Week has announced its nominees for the upcoming 59th annual TV Week Logie Awards. The nominees for the awards’ highest honour — the Gold Logie — are The Project‘s Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar,  actors Jessica Marais (The Wrong Girl, Love Child), Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor and The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and Samuel Johnson (Molly), and …

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Mar 22 2017

Obituary: Jaye Walton

Jaye Walton, longtime host of morning television in Adelaide, has died at the age of 88. With a background in modelling, Walton hosted Touch Of Elegance from 1968 through to 1980. The show, screened each weekday morning on SAS10, was a first for Adelaide television with its mix of fashion and lifestyle segments, interviews and advertorials. …

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Mar 20 2017

Neighbours at risk in the UK

For over 30 years it’s been one of Australia’s most successful cultural exports, but now Neighbours‘ future in its biggest overseas market is in a precarious situation. The show’s UK broadcaster Channel 5 had been negotiating a contract renewal with production company FremantleMedia. Those negotiations have stalled amid reports that Channel 5’s new owner, American company Viacom, …

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Mar 13 2017

Obituary: Dan Webb

Dan Webb, one of the first personalities on Melbourne television, has died at the age of 92. Webb was breakfast announcer at radio station 3DB before being picked up by its sister television station HSV7 as one of its star line-up, alongside Eric Pearce and actress Mary Parker. He introduced HSV7’s test transmissions and was on-air on opening …

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Mar 12 2017

Obituary: John Forgeham

British actor John Forgeham, probably best known to Australians from UK drama Footballers’ Wives, has died. The 75-year-old passed away after breaking his collarbone from falling out of bed. The actor was well known in the UK, with numerous TV acting credits including No Hiding Place, The Sweeney, Crossroads, CATS Eyes, Prime Suspect, Birds Of A …

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Mar 10 2017

GWN7 turns 50

Today marks 50 years since the Western Australian network now known as GWN7 was officially opened.The station was originally BTW3, operated by South Western Telecasters Ltd and declared open by WA Governor Sir Douglas Kendrew at 7pm on Friday 10 March 1967. Based in Bunbury with a staff of 12, it was the first commercial television …

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Mar 08 2017

Obituary: Frances Hargreaves

Frances Hargreaves, actress from the 1970s series Number 96, has died at the age of 62. South African-born Hargreaves studied acting in London before settling in Sydney in 1973. She had appeared in an ABC series, Behind The Legend, before scoring the part of Marilyn MacDonald in Number 96 in 1974. The role of Marilyn, …

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Mar 02 2017

Brisbane’s 31 Digital goes off-air

Brisbane’s community TV channel 31 Digital is now off the air and has converted to online operation. The station, which was operating on UHF Channel 28 from Mount Coot-tha, closed its free-to-air broadcast on 28 February at 11.59pm (AEST), even though the Federal Government had given the community TV sector a further six month reprieve after the …

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