ABC celebrates 50 years from Canberra

Later this month it will be 50 years since ABC launched its television service in Canberra.

On Tuesday, 18 December 1962 at 7.30pm, ABC3 was officially opened from the transmitter on Black Mountain and essentially operated as a rebroadcast of ABN2 from Sydney with some local content inserted.

The station was the first in the ABC’s next stage of the roll out of the national television service — with 32 other stations to be launched in major regional centres across the country over the following four years.

ABC3, Canberra, Tuesday 18 December 1962

3pm Test Pattern, Music
4.45 Kindergarten Playtime
5pm Tuesday Storybook
6pm People. Bob Saunders
6.25 Hancock’s Half Hour
6.55 Canberra News
7pm ABC News: Newsreel, Weather
7.30 Official Opening ABC3
8pm Tahiti – Pacific Cocktail
8.50 Magic Of Music. Eric Jupp
9.18 Canberra Magazine
10pm ABC News
10.10 Cricket Highlights: MCC v Victoria
10.40 Special: Fire
10.55 Close

(Source: The Canberra Times, 18 December 1962)

To celebrate 50 years of ABC television in Canberra ABC News 24 will be screening the documentary Who Makes The News?  The program will look at the ongoing relationship between politics and television, including news footage from some the biggest political stories to come out of the national capital over the past 50 years.

Who Makes The News? will be narrated by veteran ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue and features interviews with current and former ABC journalists including Kerry O’Brien, Gerald Stone, Tim Bowden, Barrie Cassidy, Greg Turnbull, Jim Middleton, Chris Uhlmann, Mark Simkin, Russell Mahoney, Ken Begg and Fran Kelly.

Who Makes The News? Monday 10 December, 9.30pm (AEDST).  ABC News 24

Source: ABC News, National Library Of Australia

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