Tag: ABC

Free lovin’ among the networks

For most of the time, our free-to-air networks are fighting the battlegrounds of the all-important ratings, defending their territories (ie. audience shares), justifying their existences and, sometimes, sending out smarmy press releases to try and taint or taunt the opposition. But from tonight, a little bit of that fierce rivalry is chipped away, just slightly, …

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1978: November 25-December 1

How Georgiou stays a jump ahead The cops featured in Crawford Productions‘ police dramas are used to high-speed car chases, but actor John Orcsik (pictured) from Cop Shop is just at home on a horse.  A former bodybuilder and karate student, Orcsik for several years owned and operated a horse riding school in Western Australia: …

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Tanya Halesworth

Tanya Halesworth, one of ABC’s first female television presenters, died earlier this month at the age of 73. Born in Brisbane in 1935, Halesworth moved with her family to Sydney and after finishing school became involved in small theatre companies and appeared in early TV commercials. In 1958, the 23-year-old successfully beat 200 other applicants …

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Denton’s had enough of Rope

After six seasons and almost 200 episodes, Andrew Denton (pictured) has decided it’s time to move on from his weekly interview show Enough Rope With Andrew Denton. Beginning on ABC in March 2003, Enough Rope With Andrew Denton marked a return to television after seven years for Denton.  His TV career began in 1988 as …

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ABC-SBS merger? again?

Newspaper reports in recent days have indicated that there could be moves, again, to merge our two national broadcasters, ABC and SBS. And, of course, ABC boss Mark Scott thinks it’s not such a bad idea: “We think there are opportunities for efficiencies to be made whilst ensuring the independence and integrity of two great …

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ABC1 remembers The Wild One

Next month, ABC1 presents a revealing documentary profiling the life of Australia’s first rock ‘n’ roll star Johnny O’Keefe. With a career starting in the early-’50s, O’Keefe became a national identity as a performer, and later host, on one of Australia’s first rock music shows, ABC‘s Six O’Clock Rock, from 1959 to 1962. After Six …

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Stop the digital TV discrimination!

Not only did ABC announce the upcoming launch of its new ABC News Breakfast venture for ABC2, but also press reports last week indicated that the commercial networks appear to be putting in some planning and acquiring programming for their new standard-definition digital channels that they are permitted to launch from 1 January 2009. But, …

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ABC2’s dawn of a new era

When it comes to news and breakfast TV,  the commercial networks have almost had a monopoly on it – with various versions of Today and Sunrise, and not forgetting Ten‘s 6am news and the old Good Morning Australia – but from November not only will our ABC be delving into this arena, it will be …

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Peter Leonard

Former WIN Television newsreader Peter Leonard has died after a battle with mesothelioma.  He was 66. A resident of Canberra for more than fifty years, Leonard began his career at radio station 2CA in 1962, and stayed for nearly ten years.  He then served as a news presenter for local ABC radio and television for …

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1978: September 23-29

Cover: Michael Landon (Little House On The Prairie) The Sammys are coming! The third annual Sammy Awards promise to be the most exciting yet, with a stunning line-up of stars, programs and movies all vying for honours among 39 categories. This year will also mark the inauguration of the Chips Rafferty Memorial Award. The Sammy …

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