TV Week Logie Awards — Nominations

TV Week has announced its nominees for the upcoming 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The nominees for the awards’ highest honour — the Gold Logie — are Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Dancing With The Stars), Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia), Eve Morey (Neighbours), Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor), Sam Mac (Sunrise), Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz) and Waleed Aly (The Project).

Still to be announced is this year’s TV Week Logie Awards‘ Hall Of Fame recipient.

From 24 June up until the end of the red-carpet telecast on 30 June, fans will be able to vote for the Gold Logie and other Most Popular award categories from the short list of nominees at the TV Week Logie Awards website: http://tvweeklogieawards.com.au

The 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast on Sunday 30 June and broadcast on the Nine Network and 9Now.

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE FOR MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION
Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Sam Mac (Sunrise)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)

(Last year’s winner: Grant Denyer)

MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road)
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor)
Ryan Moloney (Neighbours)

(Last year’s winner: Ray Meagher)

MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
Asher Keddie (The Cry)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven)
Deborah Mailman (Bite Club/Mystery Road)
Eve Morey (Neighbours)
Jenna Coleman (The Cry)
Marta Dusseldorp (A Place To Call Home/Jack Irish)

(Last year’s winner: Jessica Marais)

MOST POPULAR PRESENTER
Amanda Keller (The Living Room / Dancing With The Stars)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Julia Morris (Blind Date / I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! / Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz)
Waleed Aly (The Project)

(Last year’s winner: Grant Denyer)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
Bonnie Anderson (Neighbours)
Courtney Miller (Home And Away)
Dylan Alcott (The Set)
Eddie Woo (Teenage Boss)
Joe Jonas (The Voice Australia)
Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road)

(Last year’s winner: Dilruk Jayasinha)

MOST POPULAR DRAMA PROGRAM
Doctor Doctor
Home And Away
Mystery Road
Neighbours
The Cry
Wentworth

(Last year’s winner: Wentworth)

MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Anh’s Brush With Fame
Dancing With The Stars
Gogglebox Australia
Gruen
Hard Quiz
The Voice Australia

(Last year’s winner: Gogglebox Australia)

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention?
Hughesy, We Have A Problem
Rosehaven
Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell
True Story With Hamish & Andy

(Last year’s winner: Have You Been Paying Attention?)

MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Survivor
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
My Kitchen Rules
The Block

(Last year’s winner: The Block)

MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Back In Time For Dinner
Better Homes And Gardens
Gardening Australia
Selling Houses Australia
The Living Room
Travel Guides

(Last year’s winner: The Living Room)

MOST POPULAR PANEL OR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM
7.30
60 Minutes
A Current Affair
Australian Story
Four Corners
The Project

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

MOST POPULAR TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi
Dundee: Australia’s Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia
Frank by Westpac
I AM the Captain of my own soul by Invictus Games
Naked Wrestling by KFC
Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Doctor Doctor
Mystery Road
Neighbours
Secret City: Under the Eagle
Wentworth

(Last year’s winner: Wentworth)

MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Bloom
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You
On The Ropes
Pine Gap
The Cry

(Last year’s winner: Romper Stomper)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR
Aaron Pedersen (Detective Jay Swan, Mystery Road)
Bryan Brown (Ray Reed, Bloom)
Jay Ryan (Sean ‘Speedo’ Collins, Fighting Season)
Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson, Wentworth)
Scott Ryan (Ray Shoesmith, Mr Inbetween)

(Last year’s winner: Hugo Weaving)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Danielle Cormack (Karen Koutoufides, Secret City: Under the Eagle)
Jenna Coleman (Joanna, The Cry)
Judy Davis (Emma James, Mystery Road)
Leah Purcell (Rita Connors, Wentworth)
Nicole Chamoun (Amirah Al-Amir, On The Ropes)

(Last year’s winner: Pamela Rabe)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart, Wentworth)
Ewen Leslie (Ted Nordenfelt, Fighting Season)
Frankie J Holden (Roy Briggs, A Place to Call Home)
Ian Meadows (Corey Baxter, Dead Lucky)
Wayne Blair (Larry Dime, Mystery Road)

(Last year’s winner: Hazem Shammas)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Asher Keddie (Alexandra, The Cry)
Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth)
Jacki Weaver (Gwen Reed, Bloom)
Keisha Castle-Hughes (Jess, On The Ropes)
Susie Porter (The Muse, The Second)

(Last year’s winner: Jacqueline McKenzie)

MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Australian Ninja Warrior
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2018
Gogglebox Australia
Have You Been Paying Attention?
True Story With Hamish & Andy

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Bluey
Grace Beside Me
Mustangs FC
Teenage Boss
The Bureau Of Magical Things

(Last year’s winner: Little J & Big Cuz)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
Australia V India (Second Test in Perth)
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Supercars Championship: Bathurst
The 2018 FIFA World Cup

(Last year’s winner: Bathurst 1000)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
Coverage Of The Thai Cave Rescue – Four Corners – Out of the Dark
James Comey Interview – 7.30
Leadership Spill – Sky News
Townsville Flood Disaster – 7 News
Who Cares? – Four Corners

(Last year’s winner: “The Siege” (Four Corners))

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
Employable Me
Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
Taboo
The Pacific – In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neil

(Last year’s winner: War On Waste)

MOST OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders
House Rules
Married At First Sight
MasterChef Australia
The Block

(Last year’s winner: n/a)

Source: TV Week

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The first Media Watch


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It is 30 years since Media Watch made its debut on ABC.

The first episode, broadcast on 8 May 1989, packed a lot into its quarter hour episode. It reviewed media coverage of the release from a Thai prison of rugby league star Paul Hayward; the reporting by Sydney media into the shooting death of an Aboriginal man by police; the media’s favourable coverage of candidate, former illegal gambling boss Gerry Bellino in an upcoming Brisbane by-election; an interview with Brisbane’s Courier-Mail editor, Greg Chamberlin; and the upcoming launch of an Australian re-print of salacious UK newspaper Sunday Sport.

Initially hosted by Stuart Littlemore, a former This Day Tonight and Four Corners journalist, Media Watch sought to analyse the strengths and failings of journalism in this country, while also showing some of the  gaffes in media reporting. Although each episode only fills 15 minutes, it’s a very labour intensive format in terms of research.

Littlemore left the program in 1997, to be replaced by Radio National host Richard Ackland. Other hosts of the program over the years include David Marr, Liz Jackson, Monica Attard, Jonathan Holmes and — currently into his third stint — Paul Barry. All hosts have come through the ranks of ABC one way or another.

One of the biggest stories to break from Media Watch was in 1999, of what was to become the “cash for comment” affair — where high profile radio hosts Alan Jones and John Laws were revealed to be accepting undeclared payments in return for positive commentary on major corporations such as Qantas, Optus, Foxtel and the banks.

Media Watch was axed in 2000 under the ABC’s managing director Jonathan Shier, who was openly critical of the program.

After Shier himself left the ABC a year later, Media Watch was reinstated and has continued to fill the post-Four Corners timeslot on Monday nights ever since.

Since 2017, Media Watch has also had an online spin-off, Media Bites, presenting a shorter, sharper analysis of the media for a more social media-savvy crowd.

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The Footy Show vanishes with a whimper

Nine‘s Melbourne-based The Footy Show made a quiet exit this week, ending a 25-year run without the on-air talent even knowing until after the curtain had fallen. Even considering it’s been on death row for a while, Nine’s eventual decision to axe the revamped show after disastrous ratings this year barely acknowledged that it was for many years one of the network’s flagship brands.

“I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard working crew for their great contribution,” said Nine’s Melbourne Managing Director, Matt Scriven, in a press release quietly sent out at 10.30pm on Thursday night after the show had signed off for the week. No opportunity for the current hosts to say goodbye, or even any opportunity to acknowledge or farewell the many that had hosted it beforehand.

For years, The Footy Show with Eddie McGuire (pictured), Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade dominated Thursday night TV in Melbourne. Others to have hosted or been panel regulars on the show included Garry Lyon, Billy Brownless, James Brayshaw, Dermott Brereton, Rebecca Maddern, Craig Hutchison, Dave Hughes and Shane Crawford.

It followed on the tradition of the former Seven program League Teams, with Lou Richards, Jack Dyer and Bob Davis announcing the teams for the upcoming weekend of football with a side serving of comedy.

It was also a natural spin-off from the Sunday morning Footy Show, which in turn had elements of the old World Of Sport footy panels.

The Footy Show won a string of Logie Awards for Most Popular Sports Program, and its Sydney-based NRL version of the same title (axed last year) was likewise well awarded in the same category over the years.

There were many end-of-season concert spectaculars, and live shows from overseas including two from London.

Although the latest revamp of the show was getting ratings that would make SBS blush, at its peak it was getting ratings in Melbourne alone that would be the envy of national shows these days. Its success was ironic in that for most of its 25 year run its host network did not have broadcast rights to AFL.

Even though the show was deemed well past its prime, with each Sam Newman-led offence (and there were plenty) seemingly failing to acknowledge that some of the elements that made it hit in the ’90s were no longer so appealing in the 2010s, it is somewhat disingenuous of Nine to let the show go after 25 years by barely acknowledging its longevity and contribution to the network’s success in earlier times and to not give it a chance to have a proper send off.

 

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SBS bringing movies back home

SBS has announced plans to launch a new 24-hour-a-day movie channel from 1 July.

The new channel will broadcast in high definition. SBS will become the only Australian network to have three high-definition channels, with SBS on Channel 30, SBS Viceland on 31 and the new channel on 32.

The new channel marks a significant boost in LOTE (Languages Other Than English) content on SBS which has been lacking for some time. Lobby groups Save Our SBS recently submitted a proposal to the SBS Board to create a new channel based predominantly on LOTE content.

Save Our SBS President Steve Aujard said: “In our submission, we referred to studies that showed that the two most desired program types in peak viewing are foreign language movies (subtitled) scoring 77%, and foreign language TV series (subtitled) scoring 58%. Clearly SBS have focused on the international movie aspect in their new channel.

“Years ago SBS was known for its movies in a variety of languages. Audiences loved that. It dominated primetime viewing and separated SBS from other media.”

In a statement issued Monday, SBS managing director James Taylor said: “Movies provide people with the opportunity to escape to worlds outside of our own, with stories that entertain and inspire us, make us think, laugh and even cry. International cinema does this in a truly unique way, and has been an important part of SBS’s offering for decades, giving Australians the opportunity to delve into cultures through cinematic masterpieces captivating audiences around the world.

“People come to SBS for content they don’t find anywhere else. SBS World Movies has a proud tradition of showcasing the best international films, reflecting the diversity of global cinema, and we’re excited to further evolve this offering and make it available to all Australians for free this July.”

The new channel will broadcast more than 700 films each year, with international titles including recent award winning and critically acclaimed films such as Amanda (France), The 12th Man (Norway), Just A Breath Away (France), Ash is the Purest White (China), Aligarth (India), Girl (Belgium) and Killing of a Sacred Deer (UK).

For over 20 years, SBS presented the World Movies channel on pay-TV. This was wound up in 2018.

SBS also has an extensive catalogue of international movies already available at SBS On Demand.

Source: SBS, Save Our SBS

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Your Money channel to close

Your Money, the joint venture channel between Nine Network and Sky News Australia, is to cease transmission on 17 May.

The closure of the channel, which launched only last October and replaced Sky News Business, comes after the recent demise of the joint venture’s stand alone website, with online content now being published on News Corp properties.

Your Money, with Sky News Australia’s ownership by News Corp, became an awkward partnership after the merger of Nine and News Corp rival Fairfax late last year. The channel was operated largely by Sky News but had free-to-air spectrum via Nine and revenue was split between them.

It is not clear yet what will replace the Your Money channel on either Foxtel (channel 601) or Nine (channel 95) platforms. Staff at Your Money will potentially be redeployed within Nine or News Corp businesses.

Source: Australian Financial Review, Mumbrella

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David Anderson appointed ABC MD

ABC has announced the formal appointment of David Anderson to the position of Managing Director.

He had been acting in the role since September last year, following the departure of Michelle Guthrie from the position.

In a media statement issued Friday, ABC Chair Ita Buttrose welcomed Anderson to the role: “Mr Anderson is an exceptional media professional with strong content, digital and strategic experience.

“The ABC Board resolved unanimously to appoint David Anderson following a national and international search that produced many impressive candidates.

“With almost 30 years of service, David’s knowledge of the ABC is unsurpassed. He has a deep understanding of audience needs and the Board is confident he has the skills and ability to respond to the challenges of a changing media environment.

“We believe he is the right person to lead the Corporation at this time. David already enjoys the trust and confidence of the ABC leadership team and staff and he is ideally placed to continue to provide strong leadership and direction.”

Anderson is appointed to the role for five years and has ultimate responsibility for all editorial content from the broadcaster.

Prior to taking on the managing director role last year, Anderson was the Director, Entertainment & Specialist, responsible for all ABC radio music networks (Triple j, Double J, Classic, Country and Jazz), podcasts and specialist radio content (Radio National) as well as broadcast television networks (ABCTV, ABC Kids, ABC Comedy, ABC ME) and on-demand products and services (iview, ABC Listen, ABC Kids Listen, ABC Kids), and network websites and apps.

Source: ABC

 

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Obituary: Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson, sporting commentator and TV compere of the 1960s and 1970s, has died at the age of 90.

Williamson had worked at radio stations 3AK and 3AW before joining HSV7, Melbourne, in the late 1950s. He was one of the channel’s first football commentators and also hosted the weekly panel show Football Inquest.

His most defining moment came at the 1970 VFL Grand Final, when Carlton star Alex Jesaulenko took the mark of the century over Collingwood’s Graeme Jenkin: “Jesaulenko, you beauty!”


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Williamson also covered other sports, including the Australian Open tennis.

As well as his work in the sports genre, Williamson also co-hosted the long running variety show Penthouse Club with comedienne Mary Hardy.

Starting in 1970, The Penthouse Club featured variety interspersed with regular crosses to the harness racing “trots” around Melbourne and, from 1973, the weekly Tattslotto draw.

Williamson left The Penthouse Club in 1977 but reprised his role when ATV10 picked up the format in 1980 and relaunched it as The Saturday Night Show with Annette Allison.


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Source: The Age, Yahoo

 

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1979: SBS television makes its debut

It was on 24 October 1980 — United Nations Day — that Bruce Gyngell (pictured above) announced, “Good evening, and welcome to multicultural television”, as he launched Channel 0/28. We now know it as SBS television.

But it was 40 years ago this week that SBS made its first television appearance. The new Special Broadcasting Service had taken effect from 1 January 1978 and taken over the running of multicultural radio stations in Sydney and Melbourne. It was also charged with fulfilling Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser‘s 1977 election promise to set up a multicultural television service.

SBS made its television debut via 13 three-hour program blocks broadcast on ABC in Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday mornings. The first went to air on Sunday 29 April 1979 and programs aired weekly until 22 July.

SBS had outsourced the presentation and packaging of its first series of test transmissions to Australian Community TV Pty Ltd in a contract worth $90,000, with SBS spending $320,000 on sourcing foreign programming. The head of SBS television administration, Bill Watson, defended the awarding of the contract on the basis that the fledgling SBS did not have the necessary infrastructure, staffing or facilities to put together the programs. Australian Community TV was part of a consortium of production companies that had previous experience in producing television content for the Federal Government.

Executive producer of the series was Rowan Ayers, a former BBC executive who had recently been with the Nine Network. Ayers described the upcoming SBS programs as “not meant only for migrant groups. We hope that all Australians will find it interesting as well and will learn about the different ethnic groups in this country. We’ll have program material from places such as Korea and Thailand as well as Greece, Italy, Germany, Turkey, France — and just about everywhere else.”

Special Broadcasting Service Test Transmission. Broadcast via ABN2 Sydney/ABV2 Melbourne, Sunday 29 April 1979
8am Introduction in various languages (pictured) / Fatti And Fattacci (Italian) / Prime Minister’s Message
8.30 Another Viewpoint (English) / Sports (English)
9am Film (Turkish) / Ethnic Magazine (English)
9.30 Teacher In The Sky / Greek Singing
10am Melbourne’s National Gallery
10.30 Music And Radio (French documentary with English commentary) / Discussion / Korean Ballet
11am Close
Source: The Age, 26 April 1979

Programming was very much of an experimental nature among the first test transmissions. Short programs or segments sourced overseas were interspersed with locally-made segments and features. A considerable amount of airtime in the opening weeks would be in English while the broadcaster determined the ongoing nature of its program mix.

The Sunday morning timeslot also restricted programming to a “G” rating classification, precluding the possibility of many feature films and drama series being included.

Ahead of the test program launch, SBS chairman Dr Grisha Sklovsky was expecting that the experimental nature of SBS television programs would attract criticism, but hoped that it would be constructive: “We will not do right by the extremist views. We must strike a balance which pleases the majority but also fits our pocket money.”

The Age Green Guide, 26 April 1979

The first batch of test programs gathered a mixed response. The Age Green Guide gave it a positive review: “Whatever the preconceived ideas of what an ethnic television program should be like, the package presented by the Special Broadcasting Service proved easy on the eye, entertaining and educational despite obvious shortcomings of an opening edition… It served to demonstrate the potential of an ethnic television service pointing to the exciting, rich veins that can be tapped to provide viewing enrichment.”

In contrast, the Federal Opposition spokesperson on ethnic affairs, Dr Moss Cass, declared the opening three hour broadcast as “piecemeal and unco-ordinated”, and said that to say “hello” in different languages and feature a schedule predominantly in English did not justify the name “ethnic television”.


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There was also criticism in Canberra, the nation’s capital, that the SBS programs were not going to be broadcast in Canberra, even though the relay of the signal from Sydney to Melbourne would pass through the city and that it has a considerable multicultural population. The Government defended its decision to only broadcast via ABC in Sydney and Melbourne on the basis that the two largest cities represented the largest multicultural populations. It was also established that a full-time multicultural service planned to commence in 1980 would initially only be committed to those cities. Any further roll-out of permanent multicultural television would depend on funding and planning of broadcast frequencies.

As at April 1979, it was already proposed that a permanent multicultural service would broadcast on Channel 28 in Sydney and Melbourne — utilising the newly-available UHF band. (It was later arranged that the new service would also be granted a temporary licence to simulcast on Channel 0 in both cities, while viewers became accustomed to accessing the UHF band)

A second round of test broadcasts for SBS was broadcast on ABC, again on Sunday mornings, from February to May 1980. The second series presented a more sophisticated schedule — and even a new name, “MTV2” — with certain programs and languages being given regular timeslots each week. There was a greater presence of titles from Italy, Greece and the former Yugoslavia, with programs in Spanish, Turkish, Maltese and Arabic also featured in set timeslots but less frequently. A BBC series, On We Go, presented lessons in English, and an Australian series, I’m An Australian Too, profiled the lives of young Australians of multicultural backgrounds.

Some of the foreign titles to appear in the second test transmission series went on to feature in the early stages of Channel 0/28’s permanent service when it commenced in October 1980.

The final instalment of “MTV2” included the program Song For Melbourne, featuring Greek twins, Melbourne-based singers Tassos and Christos Ioannides, performing songs based on their Greek heritage and their new home town. The program also featured other creative and well-known Greek identities living in Melbourne. Produced by Eric Fullilove (pictured), Song For Melbourne went on to win a Sammy Award for Best TV Documentary.

Source: TV Times, 21 April 1979. The Age, 26 April 1979, 3 May 1979, 7 February 1980, 1 May 1980. The Canberra Times, 10 April 1979, 1 May 1979, 17 May 1979, 18 October 1980.

 

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Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal — the first telethon

Acknowledging donations in 1960: Geoff Hiscock, tennis star Alex Olmedo, Brenda Marshall and Jocelyn Terry (Picture: B&T)

This Good Friday marks the 60th all-day telethon for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Although Melbourne’s HSV7 first took part in the Appeal in 1957, just a few months after its debut, its initial involvement was limited to short on-air segments during the afternoon and late evening. In 1958 it had no scheduled telecast of the appeal at all, and in 1959 its coverage of the appeal included only three hours in the afternoon.

Vi Greenhalf hands over a cheque from the Miss Summer Festival Quest for £44,500 to 3DB’s Geoff McComas. (Picture: B&T)

The 1960 appeal saw HSV7 present its first all-day telethon, in co-operation with its sister radio station 3DB, which had been an appeal partner since 1942.

For Good Friday, HSV7 set up its outside broadcast van alongside the 3DB studios and broadcast much of the appeal activity from the radio station studios throughout the day.

The telecast started at 7.00am, with HSV7 and 3DB personalities acknowledging donations and providing “appropriate Easter entertainment”. Meanwhile, opposition channel GTV9 was not on the air until 5.00pm. National broadcaster ABC had a live telecast of Divine Service from Trinity College Chapel in the morning, but was then off-air until 3.00pm.  Apart from some breaks for news and evening programs, HSV7 stayed with the appeal through to midnight.

HSV7. Friday 15 April 1960
7am Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
6.15pm The Mickey Mouse Club
6.45 News. Geoff Raymond
7pm Bonanza
8pm Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
9pm The Lineup
10pm The Lawless Years
10.30 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
12am Close

The addition of the all-day telethon gave the Appeal a huge boost to its final tally — £236,089 5s 7d ($472,178) — beating the previous record set in 1956 by £49,122. However, it would be a decade before the record total would be beaten again ($503,857 in 1970).

This year, the appeal hopes to top last year’s record total of $18,043,251.

Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Friday 19 April from 5.30am in Sunrise and The Morning Show, then live from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12pm. Seven Melbourne, Prime7 regional Victoria, 7Plus.

Source: The Age, 18 April 1957, 3 April 1958, 26 March 1959. TV Times, 14 April 1960. Broadcasting & Television, 21 April 1960. Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

 

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Obituary: Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey, the composer who wrote the soundtrack to some of Australia’s most popular shows, has died at the age of 83.

Born in the United Kingdom he came to Australia after World War II and produced records for EMI.

He joined Sydney’s TCN9 in the early 1960s. He worked on variety shows like Bandstand, The Sound Of Music and The Tonight Show.

But it was his work on The Mike Walsh Show and its successor Midday that made him a household name in the 1970s through to the 1990s.

As Nine‘s musical director he composed the signature tune to various Nine programs but his most famous was the theme to The Sullivans.


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He worked on The Don Lane Show and the TV Week Logie Awards. For almost twenty years he was the musical director for Carols By Candlelight.

Nine Network CEO Hugh Marks has paid tribute to Harvey: “Geoff Harvey was a man of enormous talent as a musician and an entertainer. He was funny and generous, entertaining Australians as the musical director of choice on so many of our programs across the decades, alongside the likes of Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Don Lane, Ray Martin and Mike Walsh. As musical director at Nine he was the composer of memorable themes for A Current Affair and Today Show. Our condolences go out to his family and close friends at this sad time.”

Harvey was recently on a tour of Australia doing a show called Senior Moments and earlier this year he reunited with former Midday host Kerri-Anne Kennerley on Studio 10:


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One tribute that Harvey may not have noticed receiving during his career was that in the Nineties sketch comedy show Big Girl’s Blouse, where “celebrity choreographer” Coralee Hollow (Gina Riley) and her husband Ross (Magda Szubanski) had their pet dogs named Geoff and Harvey:


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Source: 10daily, Daily Telegraph, Wikipedia, Nine Network

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