Pick up your milk, bread… and TV News!

Elaine Lee and Johnny Lockwood, Number 96

Not all TV magazines during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s were the glossy TV Week or TV Times types.

It was not uncommon for patrons of milk bars, grocery stores, petrol stations or other small businesses to be offered a free weekly TV magazine with the compliments of said retailer.

In Melbourne, TV News was one such publication during the 1960s to the 1980s. No shiny pages or glossy pictures here. Printed on newsprint, apart from the front cover there were very few pictures, and certainly not in colour. Other than the day-to-day program guide the rest of the magazine comprised largely  of “highlights” of the week’s viewing and perhaps a horoscope or a recipe to fill up some page space.

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Debbie Byrne, Young Talent Time

In southern New South Wales in the 1960s, TV Tonight (no relation to the website of the same name!) offered a free magazine with program listings for Wagga Wagga, Orange/Dubbo and Canberra. This copy featured a picture of local CBN8 presenter Michael McRae on the cover:

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1 comment

    • Bruce on 3 June 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    There was a similar guide in Sydney called TV Today. Still have a recipe page out of one of them for the best one pot wonder ever – Easy Tasty Chop Suey.

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