Tag: Countdown

Oct 28 2014

1994: October 29-November 4

Cover: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Home Improvement), Mark Curry (Hangin’ With Mr Cooper) Byrne hot for Real Life Rumours around the television industry indicate that former 60 Minutes reporter and Sydney radio 2BL presenter Jennifer Byrne is set to return to TV as host of Seven‘s Real Life, replacing Stan Grant. Adding fuel to the speculation is …

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Oct 07 2014

40 years of colour TV

It was 40 years today that Australian TV (finally…!) began to colour our world. The wait for colour was a long one for Australia. The United States and Canada made the transition to colour by the mid-1960s, and the United Kingdom started the conversion to colour TV from 1967. Many European countries followed in 1968. Even …

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Jun 09 2014

Mike Munro among Queen’s Birthday Honours

Newsreader Mike Munro (pictured), TV vet Dr Harry Cooper, sporting commentators Ray Warren and Phil Gould, members of The Seekers and TV presenter Richard Wilkins are among those to be awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Professor Paul Grabowsky — “For distinguished service to …

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Mar 12 2014

Another Hey Hey comeback?

Daryl Somers has publicly flagged the possibility of yet another Hey Hey It’s Saturday comeback… but you won’t see it on television. Speaking on Brisbane radio station 612 ABC, Somers said he has long considered doing a Hey Hey It’s Saturday concert series or tour, citing the show’s enduring popularity on social media — although …

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Jan 03 2014

Rage goes retro for January

Rage‘s traditional January retro month starts again tomorrow (Saturday) night. Every Saturday night through the month of January Rage digs through the ABC archives and dishes up some pop music programs from long ago as well as a range of retro hits. This weekend’s playlist includes six episodes of Countdown from the 1980s and one …

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Oct 14 2013

1993: October 16-22

Tears as the curtain falls “Cut… that’s a wrap!” — and with those words, spoken by producer James Davern, production of A Country Practice came to an end after 1058 episodes. Jamie Croft, the show’s youngest cast member (pictured right with Kym Wilson), delivered the final line in the final scene as cast and crew gathered …

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May 04 2013

1993: May 2-8

A host of fun! All Together Now star Steven Jacobs will be joining Jo Beth Taylor to co-host a special edition of Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show, with the show featuring some of his own bloopers from All Together Now. With production of All Together Now said to be winding up Jacobs is looking for …

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Jan 30 2013

How Australia made ABBA

It is well known that Swedish pop group ABBA got their big break as winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, but in many respects they only gained the attention of the recording industry and pop music fans worldwide after their subsequent popularity in Australia. Although they had some chart success in Europe following …

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Jan 05 2013

January is Rage retro month

It’s January again.  Time for Rage to go back through the ABC archive and dig out those classic pop music shows of years gone by.  For the next four Saturday nights (or early Sunday morning), Rage goes retro in what has been an annual tradition for years. Retro month kicks off with a one-hour preview …

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Jul 01 2012

Happy 80th Birthday, ABC!

It was 80 years ago today (1 July 1932) that Australia’s national broadcaster — ABC — was officially opened by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons. The Australian Broadcasting Commission — as it was then — initially comprised of twelve existing radio stations, covering each State capital city as well as Newcastle, Corowa, Rockhampton and Crystal Brook …

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