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Thursday 22 November 1956 — MELBOURNE

The Opening Ceremony of the Games Of The XVI Olympiad, broadcast live from the Melbourne Cricket Ground through ABV2, HSV7 and GTV9. HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was scheduled to declare the Games officially open at around 4.25pm.

Film footage of the ceremony was to be rushed to Sydney to be broadcast on local channels that evening.

GTV9 was still operating in test transmission mode, with the station not being officially opened until 19 January 1957. The channel’s games coverage was sponsored by Ampol, and the petrol company had installed TV sets at service stations around Melbourne and Sydney to allow customers access to see the Games coverage.

Source: Listener In-TV, 17 November 1956, The Age, 22 November 1956

 

  ABV2 HSV7 GTV9
6AM
7AM
8AM
9AM
10AM
11AM
12PM 12.30pm Royal Visit: Civic reception for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
1PM 1.15 Close
2PM 2pm Test Pattern
2.30 Olympic Games: Preview. Eric Welch
3PM 3pm Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony. Live from MCG 3pm Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony. Live from MCG 3pm Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony. Live from MCG 
4PM
5PM 5pm Close 5.15 Close 5pm (Approx.) Close
6PM 6pm The Judy Jack Show
6.30 Tales Of The Texas Rangers
7PM  7pm Newsreel
7.10 Royal Visit: Civic reception for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (Rpt)
7.55 Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony (Rpt) 
7pm News, Weather. Eric Pearce, Mary Parker
7.15 The Patti Page Show
7.30 The Great Gildersleeve
8PM  8pm Big Town
8.30 Theatre Royal
9PM  9.15 Close 9pm Hit Parade. Joan Bilceaux, Bernadette Russell, John D’Arcy, Don Carter, Don Bennetts, Channel 7 Dancers
9.30 News, Weather. Eric Pearce, Mary Parker
9.45 Close
10PM 
11PM 
12AM 
1AM 
2AM 
3AM 
4AM 
5AM 

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