Tag: 60 Minutes

1979: July 7-13

Skyways taxis for take-off The Seven Network’s long-awaited airport drama series, Skyways, debuts this week in Sydney and Melbourne. With on-location filming conducted at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, the series is based on a fictional airport, Pacific International, and features its own airlines, Federal Airlines and Trans Asia. Producer Hector Crawford has described it as “strong …

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TV names in Queen’s Birthday Honours

John Michael Howson (pictured) and actor Joe Hasham are two of the over 550 Australians to be acknowledged in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Howson started his career as a newspaper cadet journalist before becoming a writer for Melbourne’s ATV0 in 1964, contributing to The Ray Taylor Show and co-writer and performer (as Clown) …

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WIN’s ten years out west

It is now ten years since regional network WIN spread to Western Australia.  The station was originally due to launch on Friday 26 March 1999 but at the last minute decided to begin broadcasting a day earlier to broadcast news bulletins with particular attention to Cyclone Vance that had swept across the state just days …

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1979: February 24-March 2

Cover: Peter Lochran, Diana McLean, Chris Orchard (The Young Doctors)  Stars of ’79 TV Times has approached TV producers to nominate the actors and actresses who they believe will make a big impact in 1979.  Don Battye, producer of The Restless Years, sees a big future for new recruits Jamie Gleeson and Lenore Smith:  “The …

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Ticking away for 30 years

Beginning on 11 February 1979, 60 Minutes marked a new era for current affairs on Australian commercial television.  Before then, current affairs on commercial television was limited to early evening programs, such as Willesee At Seven and the original A Current Affair, or low-profile late night programs that attracted few viewers.  And Sunday night at …

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TV icons of the Sunshine State

Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper has obtained a secret list of people, places and events nominated by Queensland politicians as icons of the state. The list is being prepared as part of Queensland’s 150th anniversary celebrations.  From the initial list of 700, a bipartisan panel of MPs will attempt to trim the list to 300 which …

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1979: February 10-16

Around the world in 60 Minutes The wait is over.  This week marks the debut of Nine‘s new multi-million dollar current affairs gamble 60 Minutes.  The show’s reporting team and producers have been around the world gathering stories.  Former ABC New York correspondent Ray Martin has been travelling the United States.  Former A Current Affair …

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1979: January 27-February 2

Stardom and the single manTV Times talked to a cross-section of showbusiness bachelors about the pros and cons of single life while in the public eye. For Don Lane, currently in a relationship, there was a time when he would question if a girl was interested in Don Lane, the person, or Don Lane on …

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The Year Ahead

Each week during the year 2008 we featured the corresponding week from thirty years ago, 1978, as reported in TV Times magazine. We will continue the theme into 2009 as we look at events from television from the year 1979, including: The networks’ contributions to the International Year Of The Child. The long-awaited launch of …

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1978: December 9-15

Cover: Ron Howard (Happy Days) Where’s our wonder woman? The producers of Nine‘s upcoming current affairs program 60 Minutes are looking for a female reporter following the unexpected departure of Kate Ballieu from the team due to sickness and personal reasons.  “I think it would be nice in this day and age to have a …

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