Earlier this year regional television station CBN8, based in Orange and serving the Central Tablelands district in New South Wales, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Stephen Fleay (pictured), an on-air presenter and musician at the station back in the 1960s and now based in Indonesia, has compiled a collection of archival material from those early days of CBN8.
The collection includes original photographs taken at the time by Fleay as well as various archival footage — including the opening of CBN8’s sister station CWN6, Dubbo, in 1965, and tributes to the station’s Christmas pantomime In The Land Of Old King Cole (1965) and to one of CBN8’s earliest presenters, Stan Murray.
The CBN call-sign is now part of the Prime7 regional network. The CBN component of the network expanded throughout Southern NSW and ACT with the advent of aggregation in 1989 as an affiliate of the Seven Network.
Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of CBN8 — A Look Back In Time are advised to contact Stephen Fleay via his website.
I lived in Rylstone as a child from 7 to 10 years old from 1973 to 1976 and this was our local TV station. Two channels (the other being the ABC) being all that was available on the old rotary tuner black and white set. Only the really big and important regional cities like Orange Tamworth and Wagga had stations. Takes me back to an era when life in general was so much more simple. There was actually local content. Unlike now. These days we have nearly 100 different channels. And all of them are pumped out of the capital cities.