Category: TV AT 60

May 06 2017

TV At 60: In Melbourne Tonight

In Melbourne Tonight, one of the most significant shows in Australia’s early TV history, started 60 years ago today. The program was the brainchild of Norman Spencer, program manager at Melbourne’s new channel GTV9. He had produced a popular variety show, The Happy Gang, on radio for a number of years. He was keen to adapt …

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Jan 19 2017

TV At 60: Viewing’s fine on GTV9

In his book Compulsive Viewing, Gerald Stone wrote that Australian television “started first in Sydney, but best in Melbourne.” He was no doubt referring to GTV9, which actually considered itself the underdog when it was the third channel to launch in Melbourne. It would go on to become one of the biggest successes in Australian …

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Dec 31 2016

TV At 60: Where was the party?

This year marked the 60th anniversary of Australian television… although the three networks to reach the milestone — ABC, Seven and Nine — all failed to do anything significant to mark this diamond anniversary. In the past the networks, particularly Seven and Nine, would have pulled all stops to promote the past achievements of themselves …

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Dec 24 2016

Studio 10 repeats 60 years tribute

Studio 10 will be presenting a re-run of its special episode commemorating 60 years of Australian television. While the Seven, Nine and ABC networks have all but swept their respective 60th birthdays under the carpet with barely a mention, Studio 10 put together a three-and-a-half hour tribute to Australian television, remembering many of the famous …

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Dec 02 2016

TV At 60: ATN7 switches on in Sydney

The opening night of Sydney’s second commercial channel ATN7 was under threat from not happening at all. On Sunday, 2 December 1956, just hours before ATN was to make its official debut, a massive thunderstorm swept through Sydney. The weather brought power down across a number of suburbs — including Epping, where the new ATN “Television …

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Nov 19 2016

TV At 60: ABC begins in Melbourne

The opening night of ABC‘s Melbourne station ABV2 went ahead without anywhere near the problems encountered by its Sydney sister two weeks earlier. The station was officially opened by Minister for Labour and National Service Harold Holt shortly after 7.00pm on Monday, 19 November 1956. Other speakers during the half-hour ceremony included Leader of the …

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Nov 05 2016

TV At 60: Opening Night of ABC

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of ABC television. ABC’s first station to go to air was ABN2 in Sydney, operating from studios and a temporary transmitter based at Gore Hill in Sydney. However, construction at Gore Hill was not completed in time for opening night — leading the ABC to utilise its orchestral …

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Nov 04 2016

TV At 60: HSV7, First in Melbourne

Melbourne’s first television station had its beginning in April 1955, when newspaper publisher The Herald And Weekly Times (HWT) was successful in gaining a licence to operate one of two commercial licences available for Melbourne. By July, the company that was to be registered as Herald-Sun TV Pty Ltd (named after HWT’s two major newspapers) was …

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Sep 25 2016

TV At 60: Hey Hey tops readers poll

The votes are in and have been counted… and readers of this website have voted Hey Hey It’s Saturday as their favourite program from 60 years of Australian television. Meanwhile, three titles not included in the original top 60 were voted in enough numbers to get into the list — Wheel Of Fortune, Matlock Police …

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Sep 17 2016

TV At 60: Vote for your favourites

This week Television.AU has listed its Top 60 shows from 60 years of Australian television. Numbers 60 to 51 Numbers 50 to 41 Numbers 40 to 31 Numbers 30 to 21 Numbers 20 to 11 Numbers 10 to 1 Now it’s time to have your say. Below is a poll for you to nominate up …

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