December 2017 archive

2017: We remember…

Fred Parslow Frances Hargreaves John Forgeham Dan Webb Jaye Walton Chelsea Brown John Clarke Chris Bearde Val Jellay Lou Richards Mark Colvin Lyn James John K Watts Jill Singer Les Murray Ty Hardin Drew Morphett Alan Cassell Peter Luck David Lyle Melody Iliffe Judith McGrath Margaret Glazbrook Rob Astbury Rosemary Margan Rory O’Donoghue   2016: …

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The year that was… 2017

Another year is now behind us! No doubt the biggest TV stories of the year surround the Ten Network — going into voluntary administration and then receivership before being taken over by US network CBS. The CBS takeover was a cunning move that caught most by surprise, not least being former Ten shareholders Bruce Gordon …

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Adelaide’s Great TV Channel Swap

On the evening of Saturday 26 December 1987, newsreaders of Adelaide’s Seven National News on ADS7 signed off the bulletin with a reminder to viewers to tune in the following night to Channel 10. At around the same time, the rival Eyewitness News on SAS10 was prompting its viewers to pop over to Channel 7. …

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A very Neighbourly Christmas

Television.AU wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas! And, from 1987, it’s also a Merry Christmas from our friendly Neighbours — Craig McLachlan, Rowena Mohr, Paul Keane and Nick Carrafa; with Kylie Minogue and Ian Smith in the middle row; and Jason Donovan, Annie Jones and Anne Charleston. Neighbours was at its peak in popularity, collecting five …

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The Making of ATV Channel 0

It is not often that we can witness the construction of a television station. However, thanks to rare footage that has come to light, we now get a close-up glimpse at the formation, construction and early days of Melbourne’s third commercial station ATV Channel 0 (now the Melbourne branch of Network Ten). The licence to operate …

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Nine axes Perth newsreaders

The Nine Network has handed its Perth newsreaders a sobering Christmas present by giving them both the flick. It was revealed in an internal email, leaked to the media late last week, that Tim McMillan and Emmy Kubainski had not been re-signed for 2018. “This is difficult news to pass on, but I want to …

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Obituary: Rory O’Donoghue

Rory O’Donoghue, actor, musician, composer and performer best known from sketch comedy series The Aunty Jack Show, has died at the age of 68. Born in London, he came with his family to Australia at the age of seven. Before coming to Australia, his parents were both performers with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. O’Donoghue …

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Lateline bids farewell after 28 years

It’s been a privilege. Thank you and good night. pic.twitter.com/Sjy4JMqdbS — Lateline (@Lateline) December 8, 2017 ABC‘s late night current affairs program Lateline signed off on Friday night, ending a 28-year run. The final edition had host Emma Alberici joined by former Lateline hosts Kerry O’Brien, Maxine McKew and Leigh Sales (and with apologies from an …

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The 7th AACTA Awards

ABC‘s Seven Types Of Ambiguity and Foxtel drama Top Of The Lake: China Girl were the biggest winners in the television categories at the 7th AACTA Awards. The awards presentation was held on Wednesday night at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, following a smaller luncheon event held the previous week. Seven Types Of Ambiguity (starring Alex Dimitriades and …

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Obituary: Rosemary Margan

Rosemary Margan, former television and radio presenter in Melbourne, has died at the age of 80. Margan was a water skiing champion, winner of six national titles, when she started her media career as a weather presenter at Melbourne’s GTV9 in the mid-1960s. She presented the weather at Nine for almost a decade — mostly …

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