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Sunday 16 September 1956 — SYDNEY

The date regarded as the opening day for Australian television, as Sydney’s TCN9 becomes the first station to commence daily program transmission. The new station broadcast for around three hours a night for its first six weeks, ahead of the official opening which took place on 27 October.

Opening night began with a voice-over station identification by John Godson, before host Bruce Gyngell introduced the first program, This Is Television, and greeted viewers: “Good evening, and welcome to television.”

The rest of the night included segments of upcoming shows plus the first episode of game show What’s My Line and imported programs I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best and Robin Hood. The Air Force Show featured news director Mike Ramsden’s interview with an Air Vice-Marshall on what was the last day of Air Force Week, and the night ended with filmed highlights of a ballet performance from the Tivoli Theatre.

The first commercial, aired at 7.29pm, was for Rothman’s cigarettes followed by a 10-second advertisement for Pepsi Cola.

TCN9: Australia’s first channel

Source: Sunday Telegraph, 16 September 1956

 

  TCN9
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6PM 6.45pm Test Pattern
7PM  7pm This Is Television
7.30 The Johnny O’Connor Show
7.45 The Patti Page Show
8PM  8pm What’s My Line?
8.30 Douglas Fairbanks Presents
9PM  9pm The Air Force Show
9.15 Accent On Strings
9.30 I Love Lucy
10PM  10pm Father Knows Best
10.30 Robin Hood
10.50 Katherine Dunham Dancers
11PM  11pm Close
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