September 2016 archive

Obituary: Ken Sparkes

Ken Sparkes, for many years the “voice” of the Nine Network, has died at the age of 76. It is reported that Sparkes died overnight (Australian time) of a heart attack while hosting a river cruise in France. His career began in radio as a sixteen-year-old in country radio, but it was only a few …

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TV At 60: The Top 60 begins…

Australian television is 60 years old this week. It was on the night on 16 September 1956 that Bruce Gyngell (pictured) declared “Good evening, and welcome to television” to an estimated viewing audience of around 100,000 — whether they be at home watching on television or among the thousands to be viewing from outside shop windows, …

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“Top of the Nation Station” turns 50

Fifty years ago, viewers in Cairns and the Far North Queensland region were witness to the launch of Australia’s 40th commercial television station — FNQ10. Dubbed “the Top of the Nation Station”, FNQ10 made its debut from studios located at Aumuller Street with an official function at the House on the Hill restaurant. Opening night …

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Obituary: Ian Hill

Ian “Beat” Hill, former producer and presenter on NSW regional television, has died from cancer at the age of 65. Hill had always had an interest in conservation and wildlife but had been working as floor manager at Newcastle station NBN3 in the 1970s. It was after ten years at NBN that he had the …

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History on show for Nine Perth

Nine Perth is celebrating its history with a free exhibition in association with the Museum Of Perth. STW9, Perth’s second commercial station, opened in 1965. Nine Perth 1965 To Now takes a stroll down memory lane with a micro cinema playing highlights from the archives of Nine Perth; genuine vintage broadcast equipment including cameras and tape …

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