Tag: ABC

“Good evening, and welcome to television…”

16 September 1956, fifty-two years ago, and Bruce Gyngell greets Sydney on a night that made history: Television was now here, finally. Australians had to wait twenty years for TV to finally come to fruition after numerous experimental broadcasts and demonstrations, a number of royal commissions and lots of politics. But when we watch that …

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1978: September 16-22

Why Lynda said no to nude stardom Lynda Stoner, nurse Kim Barrington in The Young Doctors, has just started a drama course.  “I want to be a good actress,” she told TV Times.  The former Adelaide receptionist became a star after winning the Miss TV Times contest in 1976 – part of her prize being …

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Web tributes to TV staffers

Television isn’t just about the faces and the shows that appear on-screen, it is also about the many that work behind-the-scenes, often in demanding and challenging environments. One website, GTV9 Old Boys, is a tribute to the Melbourne channel’s early days and the people who worked backstage. The site features a number of photos from …

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Kevin Heinze

Former ABC gardening presenter Kevin Heinze has died after suffering a heart attack on the weekend.  He was 81. Before there were backyard blitzes and makeovers, Jamie Durie, Don Burke and even Gardening Australia, there was Kevin Heinze presenting his weekly fifteen-minute Sow What program, one of the first on Australian TV dedicated to gardening.  …

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Alan Dale attacked by zombies!

Is there no stopping Alan Dale?  For twenty years he was the stalwart of Aussie soaps with long-running roles in The Young Doctors and Neighbours (as Jim Robinson, pictured).  Then he went overseas and has continued to pop up on our screens ever since – 24, The OC, Lost, The West Wing, Ugly Betty and …

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YouTube: TVTV, Gretel and Logies

An interesting find on YouTube this week with two clips from an ABC series of the 1990s – TVTV. TVTV, initially hosted by Simon Townsend but later replaced by Mark Mitchell and Tiffany Lamb when production moved to Melbourne, ran from April 1993 to June 1995 and was a nightly review of all things TV …

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TV and the Olympic Games

The Games Of The XXIX Olympiad have kicked off in Beijing in an opening ceremony exhibiting Chinese history and culture in a show of technical marvel and precision. Now, for the next two weeks, Australian viewers will be served by wall-to-wall coverage across two networks, Seven and SBS, both promising around fourteen hours a day …

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1978: June 24-30

Cover: Ugly Dave hits backBlankety Blanks panelist Ugly Dave Gray (pictured) answers his critics that say his jokes on the popular game show are too smutty. “I’m not saying we’re perfect, we do get a bit naughty at times, but it’s harmless. We don’t try to shock or offend people,” he tells TV Times. “I …

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YouTube: ABC News, October 1970

Some rare news footage of Melbourne’s ABC News on a day where tragedy struck in Melbourne. On the morning of 15 October 1970, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed while still under construction.  The tragedy claimed the lives of 35 workers and was Victoria’s worst ever industrial accident.  A royal commission that followed …

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ABC in the hunt for Gold

Today’s announcement of nominations for the 50th annual TV Week Logie Awards came with some interesting names. As well as the usual parade of soap stars and, ahem, Bindi Irwin, there were some surprises in the Gold Logie nominations list. The national broadcaster ABC, who usually deny having any interest in popularity contests such as …

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