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1965: Don Lane and Graham Kennedy performed a duet in a split-screen telecast between Sydney and Melbourne via the coaxial cable that linked the two cities

As could be expected, television was warmly received in Australia.  While a lot of the faces on our screens were still predominantly imported, the Australian identity was slowly but surely making itself known in the new medium.  Hit shows like Bandstand, IMT, Homicide and The Mavis Bramston Show were making their mark in Australian popular culture.

Bob Dyer

1960:

  • Highlights of Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight are screened interstate as The Graham Kennedy Channel Nine Show
  • New TV stations: ABS2 Adelaide, ABW2 Perth, ABT2 Hobart, TVT6 Hobart
  • November:  The Postmaster-General announces the thirteen successful applicants to operate the first stage in the roll-out of commercial television to regional areas in New South Wales (including Canberra), Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, GTV9)
1961:

Lorrae Desmond

1962:

  • New TV stations: BTV6 Ballarat, NBN3 Newcastle, TNT9 Launceston, WIN4 Wollongong, TNQ7 Townsville, DDQ10 Toowoomba, ABC3 Canberra, CTC7 Canberra, RTN8 Lismore, and CBN8 Orange.
  • Variety program Revue ’61, produced at ATN7, is sold to the Canadian CTV network. It is believed to be the first Australian production sold to an overseas network for prime-time screening.
  • March: The Government announces that an additional commercial television station will be licenced for each of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  In April it was announced that the new Sydney and Adelaide stations will be licensed to broadcast on Channel 10, the Melbourne and Brisbane stations on Channel 0, and the new Perth station on Channel 9.
  • July 1: Station affiliations change. GTV9 and TCN9 align to form the National Television Network (now the Nine Network) along with QTQ9 and NWS9; HSV7 and ATN7 align to form the Australian Television Network (now the Seven Network) along with BTQ7 and ADS7. TVW7, being the sole commercial TV station in Perth, remains independent of network affiliation.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Tommy Hanlon Jnr (It Could Be You, GTV9), Lorrae Desmond (The Lorrae Desmond Show, ABC)
1963:
  • New TV station: RTQ7 Rockhampton.
  • ABC launches its first regional stations
  • November: TCN9 and GTV9 are connected via coaxial cable, allowing the instant sharing of news stories and programs between both cities.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Michael Charlton (Four Corners, ABC)

Leonard Teale, Homicide.

1964:

  • New TV stations: AMV4 Albury, RVN2 Wagga Wagga.
  • August 1: Melbourne’s third commercial TV station, ATV0, is opened by Ansett Transport Industries. The first program is This Is It! presented live from studios in the Melbourne suburb of Nunawading.
  • October: Coverage of the 1964 Olympic Games from Tokyo is provided by ABC and commercial stations, in co-operation with the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), compiling daily 30-minute reports from Tokyo and rushed to Australia for transmission within 24 hours.
  • October 20: HSV7 screens the first episode of a new Melbourne-produced police drama, Homicide. It becomes a huge success and runs on the Seven Network for 510 episodes over 12 years.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Bobby Limb (Sound Of Music, Nine)

Jimmy Hannan

1965:

  • New TV stations: TEN10 Sydney, TVQ0 Brisbane, SAS10 Adelaide, STW9 Perth, WBQ8 Maryborough, NEN9 Tamworth, NRN11 Coffs Harbour, CWN6 Dubbo, MTN9 Griffith, STV8 Mildura.
  • TV Spells Magic, a lavish variety production with over 150 performers and extras, is the highlight of opening night for TEN10 and is relayed to ATV0 and regional stations.
  • The Independent Television System, Australia’s third commercial television network, is formed between TEN10, ATV0, TVQ0 and SAS10. The network is later re-named the 0-10 Network.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Jimmy Hannan (Saturday Date, Nine)
1966:
  • New TV stations: FNQ10 Cairns, ECN8 Taree, SDQ4 Southern Downs, SES8 Mt Gambier
  • Australia starts to receive daily news reports via satellite.
  • An Australian version of Play School, based on the BBC production of the same name, begins on ABC.  Here’s Humphrey begins its long run on Nine.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Gordon Chater (The Mavis Bramston Show, Seven)
1967:
  • New TV stations: BTW3 Bunbury.
  • April 10: ABC’s controversial nightly current affairs program This Day Tonight begins.
  • June 15: ATV0 produces the first colour TV program on Australian television when it televises the Pakenham racing in colour.
  • August 28:  ABC’s popular evening series Bellbird premieres. A huge hit in the country, but only a moderate success in the cities, it ran until 1977.
  • Australia takes part in two global satellite telecasts: Our World, a two-hour telecast screened simultaneously in 30 countries and included segments produced in 18 countries including Australia, and Expo 67 a live telecast highlighting Australia’s contribution at Expo 67 in Montreal.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winners: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, Nine) and Hazel Phillips (Girl Talk, 0-10). The first TV Week Logie Awards presentation hosted by Bert Newton.

Brian Henderson

1968:

  • New TV stations:  BKN7 Broken Hill, GTS4 Port Pirie, MVQ6 Mackay, GSW9 Albany.
  • Perth’s TVW7 produces its first annual Telethon
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Brian Henderson (Bandstand, Nine)

1969:

  • February: The Government announces that Australia will adopt the European PAL colour TV standard, instead of the American NTSC system.
  • March 8: The world title fight between Lionel Rose and Alan Rudkin becomes the most watched telecast in Australia television history.
  • March 11: Crawford Productions and GTV9 launch Division 4, a new police drama.
  • Fredd Bear’s Breakfast-A-Go-Go

    Fredd Bear’s Breakfast-A-Go-Go, with Judy Banks and Fredd Bear, starts a successful run on ATV0.

  • Australian television broadcasts live coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. GTV9 extends transmission to 24 hours a day for the duration of the Apollo 11 mission to include live coverage.
  • December 23: Graham Kennedy presents his final In Melbourne Tonight
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, Nine)

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  1. Robyn

    What were the music shows on tv in Australia in the 1960’s. I remember Hulabaloo was one. Col Joye Show. Others?????

  2. Chris

    G’day I am looking for a copy of the Jimmy Hannan Show from July 13th 1967, it is my mum (who past away in 1973) appeared, her name was Joan Foenander

    cheers Chris

    1. Andrew B

      Hi Chris

      Episodes of old programs are not often released to the public for a number of reasons. Some of those reasons are explained here. But the most likely reason is that the footage no longer exists.

  3. Mimi

    Hi does anyone remember the name of an Australian series about a Jewish girl who gets pregnant and marrys outside of her religion against he families wishes. They have two children, a boy followed by a daughter. The husband ends up being the own of an extremely successful caravan building company.
    I think their son dies in an accident.
    I think it aired in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s in Melbourne.
    Any ideas?

  4. elaine

    I’m looking for some footage of a show that my husband’s Ray brother sang and played his guitar,it was a talent show that went to air on a Friday one Febuary

  5. Andrew M

    Happy Birthday RVN 2 Wagga Wagga now Prime Television

  6. andrew M

    on this day 26th of June our world was broadcast via satiate it was the first world wide event ever taken one of the acts to appear was The Beatles singing All you Need is Love around 7am Australian time please note I said 26th as the event was 25th due to time zones

  7. laurie

    Any one rember a tv show called Dance Party
    The show was on Chanel 6 in Hobart 1966

  8. Max

    I’m trying to find the name of the children’s show that ended with the song “TOODALOO GOODBYE TO YOU WE REALLY HAVE TO GO, HOPE YOU LIKED THE FUN AND GAMES IN OUR TV SHOW”, and the rest of the songs lyrics. Can anyone help?

    1. Rob

      Pretty sure it was teh Tarax Show.

      I’m actually after the words to the song

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