Sep 04 2007
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Sep 03 2007
Some sad news this weekend with the passing of TV writer Robert Fidgeon after a battle with cancer. He was 65.
Joining the Herald and Weekly Times (HWT) group in the 1960s, Fidgeon became a well known cartoonist and was famous for his weekly caricatures of TV personalities published in the now-defunct TV Scene newspaper.
After the demise of TV Scene in the late 1980s, he later returned to the HWT stable to head the art department but also found himself fulfilling an ambition to write about television for the Herald Sun. He later became the editor of the Herald Sun’s weekly television guide.
Fidgeon was well respected by industry identities, both on- and off-air, even the ones who he may have savaged in his newspaper column.
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Aug 27 2007
The Sydney Morning Herald has published an opinion piece by Paul Sheehan pondering the issue, do we need SBS?
Mr Sheehan is of the opinion that SBS, created at a time when there was little alternative media available, and which continues to cost taxpayers many millions of dollars a year for something that is only watched by around 4 per cent of the population, has now been made obsolete by the plethora of specialist news, sport and entertainment channels now available by other media such as pay-TV. A nice idea, for those that have or can afford pay television.
For the rest of us without pay-TV – and at this point that still makes up the vast majority of households in Australia – does SBS still have a valid place in society as an alternative to ABC and commercial free-to-air television? Or should the government, as Mr Sheehan suggests, disband SBS and sell of its valueable broadcast spectrum to the highest bidder?
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Aug 05 2007
“My question, and I hope you can point me in the right direction for further research if you don’t know the answer, is this: There was a short run musical mini-series on, probably in late ’76 – I think it was on 0-10, but who knows. 6 hour long episodes, about three women, who form a band, are discovered, and eventually bought out by evil corporate management -losing their artistic freedom, trashing their ideals, et al. But I liked it because it was actually quite a bit like what happened in the industry – at least as far as it could be distilled into 6 hours on the smallscreen. Any idea what the name of the series was? Thanks much.”
So if anyone knows the answer, feel free to respond via the Comments link
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Aug 05 2007
A reunion of familiar Melbourne television identities from the 1960s on the set of Tonight With Bert Newton in 1984. Pictured with Bert Newton (centre) are Ken Delo and Jonathan Daly – a popular American night club act that came to Australia in the early 1960s and were subsequently offered their own late night TV program, The Delo And Daly Show, for the Seven Network in competition with GTV9’s In Melbourne Tonight, featuring Newton. (Pictures: TV Week, 2 June 1984)
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Jul 29 2007
Grills’ most famous role came in 1976 as the unlikely detective Bluey Hills in the Melbourne-based police drama Bluey. The series had only a short run but gained a cult following almost 20 years later when the D Generation’s The Late Show overdubbed footage and the character Bluey Hills was renamed the comical Bargearse, a cop with a penchant for donuts and over-eating.
Other television roles included appearances in Matlock Police, A Country Practice, Glenview High, Special Squad, Fire and the mini-series Vietnam.
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Jul 23 2007
Last year, Seven decided to roll out early episodes of their hit ’80s soap Sons And Daughters in a daytime timeslot. The revival – loosely timed to coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary and DVD release – was short-lived as no sooner had lovers John (Peter Phelps) and Angela (Ally Fowler) been revealed to be long-lost brother and sister, that the re-runs were taken out of the schedule.
Fans could have therefore been excited to see the title re-appear in Seven’s afternoon line-up this week but would have since found that instead of the suburban Palmers and the snobby Hamiltons, there was an American sitcom which just happens to have the same title.
The US-styled Sons And Daughters was a short-lived production (only thirteen episodes) for commercial network ABC. For Australians the only familiar face among the cast list is Dee Wallace, best known for her role in the movie ET – The Extra Terrestrial.
Sons And Daughters, American-style, weekday afternoons on Seven*
Pictured: Rowena Wallace, Pat McDonald and Kim Lewis from the Australian Sons And Daughters.
* Melbourne. Other areas check local guides/affiliates
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Jul 08 2007
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Jul 03 2007
Ever wondered what happened to the cast members of Number 96?
Following from a recent reunion of cast members from The Young Doctors (1976-83), this week’s episode of Seven‘s Where Are They Now? features a reunion of former cast members of the saucy 1970s soap that was a ratings giant.
Sadly, favourites like Ron Shand and Pat McDonald (pictured) are no longer with us, but it will be interesting if Seven concedes to feature possibly the only 96 cast member to still have a prime-time role on television, Tom Oliver from rival Network Ten‘s Neighbours.
Where Are They Now?, Sunday night at 6.30pm on Seven*
* Seven Melbourne. Other areas check local guides/affiliates
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Jul 03 2007
The Southern Cross Broadcasting empire, which began with two regional television stations in Victoria in the 1980s, has expanded to a network of television stations stretching from Hobart to Cairns, and across to Darwin – with its Southern Cross Ten and Southern Cross Television brands. It also controls Seven Central which serves outback centres such as Alice Springs and Mt Isa and via satellite to remote areas in the eastern and central timezones, and has half-shares in both Tasmanian Digital Television and Darwin Digital Television. SCB also recently sold its Adelaide television station NWS9 to rival regional broadcaster WIN.
In the deal announced today, MMG has made an offer to the value of $1.35 billion for the media assets of SCB – primarily for the purposes of taking over the regional television outlets to supplement its existing network of 87 regional radio stations.
MMG plans to offload the radio stations of SCB to Fairfax Media (publisher of newspapers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald) for a sum of around $480 million which will give Fairfax the talk radio network headed by 2UE and 3AW, and music stations Magic 1278 Melbourne, 4BH Brisbane and 96FM in Perth. Fairfax is also to acquire the production company Southern Star and music distribution business Satellite Music Australia.
SCB shareholders are to vote on the offer in October, though the bid already has the support of the board of SCB.
Source: The Australian
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