October 2018 archive

Ten becomes ’10’

Network Ten has officially launched its 2019 season and with it comes a new look. After almost 28 years, the “ten” logo has been replaced by a numeric “10”. The change comes almost a year after Ten was bought out of receivership by US network CBS. The revamp also flows through to secondary channels One …

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Bill Collins steps down from Fox Classics

Bill Collins this weekend presented his last Golden Years Of Hollywood for Fox Classics, handing over the reins to actor, writer and TV critic Graeme Blundell. Making his TV debut as a film reviewer for ABC program Roundabout in 1963, Collins went on to become presenter and movie reviewer for TCN9 in Sydney, later moving …

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SBS appoints new Managing Director

James Taylor has been appointed as the new managing director of SBS. He has been acting in the role since 2 October, following the departure of Michael Ebeid, and will be formally appointed effective 22 October for a five-year term. SBS chairman Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO said:  “The Board has great confidence in James’ …

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Nine in 2019: SeaChange returns

The Nine Network has unveiled its programming slate for the upcoming 2019 season at a launch held in Sydney. Leading the network’s programming announcements was news that the former ABC drama SeaChange is returning to TV after almost 20 years — with Sigrid Thornton reprising the lead role of lawyer Laura Gibson, and John Howard …

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A Country Practice headed for a re-boot?

Media gossip today suggesting that the classic 80s and 90s soap A Country Practice could be coming back. Reports indicate that production company Fremantle has bought the rights to the series that ran for over a decade on the Seven Network and also had a brief reprisal on Ten. Fremantle has of course had success …

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Ian Henderson signs off… eventually!

ABC Melbourne newsreader Ian Henderson was intended to present his last bulletin on Thursday night. However, an attack of the gremlins came at the most inopportune moment. Just minutes into the 7.00pm bulletin, vision froze before ABC was forced to abruptly switch Victorian viewers to the Sydney-based bulletin read by Juanita Phillips with no acknowledgement …

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Ian Henderson to depart ABC News

Melbourne ABC newsreader Ian Henderson has announced that he is retiring from reading the 7.00pm ABC News. Henderson, who has been with ABC for almost 40 years, has been the chief newsreader for the Victorian bulletin since 1992 (pictured). In a statement issued by ABC, Henderson said: “After a long and rewarding career at the ABC, …

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Obituary: Ron Casey

Controversial Sydney broadcaster Ron Casey has died at the age of 89. Starting in radio at Sydney station 2KY in the 1940s and was a regular on Sydney radio until the 2000s, with stints also at 2SM and 2GB. When television began in the 1950s, Casey starting working freelance for TCN9 in Sydney.  In the …

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The 1970s Price Is Right

In the history of Australian television very few game shows have generated as much enthusiasm from contestants and studio audiences as The Price Is Right. The Price Is Right was not a new format to Australia in the 1970s. There had been earlier versions in the 1950s and 1960s, but the 1973 revision marked a …

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