Tag: ABC

Sep 11 2016

Obituary: Norman May

Norman May, legendary sports commentator for ABC, has died at the age of 88. May, a keen sports fan, had been working as an insurance clerk when a chance meeting with ABC sporting supervisor Dick Healey in 1957 led to an invitation to call the surf-lifesaving. From 1958, while television was still new, May officially …

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Aug 19 2016

ABC3 relaunching as ABC ME

ABC‘s dedicated children’s channel ABC3 is to be relaunched next month as ABC ME. ABC ME, aimed at school aged children and their families, will build on ABC3’s current program suite with new titles plus more opportunities for viewer interaction. The channel will also be available via a new app that can be personalised, and will …

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Aug 14 2016

ABC shows us When TV Was Awesome

Back in the Nineties, ABC‘s The Late Show took footage from 1970s dramas Bluey and Rush and comically re-voiced them — resulting in the sketches Bargearse and The Olden Days. Now, with the 60th anniversary of Australian television approaching, ABC is taking a similar tact with its new online series When TV Was Awesome. Written and …

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Mar 25 2016

WIN South Australia turns 50

The launch of SES8 — South Australia’s first regional commercial station and now part of the WIN network — took place 50 years ago today, 25 March 1966. But the station’s debut was meant to happen much earlier. The channel had originally planned to launch in November 1965 but an accident during construction of the transmission tower on …

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Feb 23 2016

Ten’s HD message blurring definition

Network Ten has announced that it will be launching a high definition simulcast of its main Ten channel on Wednesday 2 March. The announcement, which relates to Ten’s signal in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, follows the Nine Network‘s move to simulcast its main channel in high definition back in November — with ABC set …

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Jan 09 2016

Ratings 2015: The final scorecard

OzTAM, the official ratings ‘umpire’, has released its final reports for the calendar year 2015. The reports include consolidated audience figures for the Top 20 programs (including those various reality show ‘winner announced’ segments that are not actual programs), Top 20 multi-channel programs, the most time-shifted programs and where each free-to-air network and channel ended …

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Jan 01 2016

Obituary: Brian Johns

Brian Johns, former managing director of ABC and SBS, has died in Sydney at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer. Queensland-born Johns was a journalist at newspapers including The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald and magazine The Bulletin. He went on to become Principal Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and …

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Dec 31 2015

And that was 2015

Another year gone too quickly… but here’s a quick catch up for anyone that might have missed anything. It was a year of big anniversaries — Ten in Sydney and Brisbane turned 50, as did Nine in Perth and Seven in Adelaide. Southern Cross Ten and Prime7 in Northern NSW, WIN in Mildura and Seven in …

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Nov 30 2015

Seven wins 2015

The ratings year has come to an end. While the Seven Network claims the overall contest (6pm-12mn, 5 cities), as usual each of the players have claimed various prizes and achievements of their own. The Nine Network, coming second overall in prime time, has claimed to have victory over the advertiser-friendly demographics of 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. …

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Nov 22 2015

50 years of TV in Mildura

The Mildura district in north west Victoria was the last in the state to receive television. Like most other regional areas in the heavily populated eastern states, Mildura was to have two television stations — a national service from the ABC and a local commercial channel. Plans to establish television in the region began as early as 1953, three …

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