November 2017 archive

The Dream Factory pays tribute to Ripponlea

ABC this week pays tribute to its legendary Ripponlea studios in the documentary The Dream Factory. The studios, based in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick and named after the historic homestead which is adjacent to it, were officially opened in May 1958, eighteen months after ABC’s Melbourne channel ABV2 began broadcasting. The studios continued to …

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TV Week turns 60

It doesn’t seem that long since it was its 50th anniversary, but this week TV Week celebrates its 60th with the first of three commemorative issues. It had humble beginnings as TV-Radio Week (with GTV9 personalities Geoff Corke and Val Ruff on the cover, pictured above) from editor Bruce Skeggs, and for the first ten …

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CBS completes Ten acquisition

US broadcaster CBS Corporation has completed its takeover of Ten Network Holdings. The deal gives the company Network Ten’s broadcast channels Ten, One and Eleven and online platform TenPlay. In a media statement issued earlier today, Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson said:  “We are delighted that the purchase of Ten by CBS Corporation, one of the largest and …

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Obituary: Rob Astbury

Former journalist and TV presenter Rob Astbury has died at the age of 69. For over 20 years, Astbury was a multi-award winning investigative sports journalist and at one point was the highest-paid sports journalist in Australia. He worked across all three commercial channels in Melbourne — initially at ATV0 (Ten), then Nine and later …

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Quest ’77 off to the Melbourne Cup

It’s not a day at races until you can make a song and dance of it! ABC‘s variety series Quest 77 took to Flemington Racecourse for some special Melbourne Cup-themed production numbers for broadcast in the lead up to the 1977 Melbourne Cup. One production number — described by TV Times as “spectacular” — featured …

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Mike Willesee on Australian Story

Veteran television journalist, presenter and producer Mike Willesee is profiled in next Monday’s edition of Australian Story. In the first of a two-part episode titled Behind The Mask, Australian Story looks back at the 50 year career of the first of a generation of Willesees to grace our screens as he faces his greatest challenge — …

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