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WIN South Australia turns 50

The launch of SES8 — South Australia’s first regional commercial station and now part of the WIN network — took place 50 years ago today, 25 March 1966. But the station’s debut was meant to happen much earlier. The channel had originally planned to launch in November 1965 but an accident during construction of the transmission tower on …

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50 years of TV in Mildura

The Mildura district in north west Victoria was the last in the state to receive television. Like most other regional areas in the heavily populated eastern states, Mildura was to have two television stations — a national service from the ABC and a local commercial channel. Plans to establish television in the region began as early as 1953, three …

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Nine to sell Willoughby studios

For almost 60 years it has hosted some of Australian TV’s most successful personalities and productions. Today, the Nine Network announces that it has sold its studio property in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby for $147.5 million. Nine advises that the property has been bought by Hong Kong-based Euro Properties, with the sale expected to …

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TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Jimmy Hannan (pictured), host of teenage music program Saturday Date, was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 7th annual TV Week Logie Awards. The awards were held on Friday 26 March 1965 at the Palais de Danse, Melbourne and hosted by Gerald Lyons. Crowds of fans queued outside …

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Prime7 Tamworth turns 50

Tamworth television station NEN9, now representing the Prime7 network to Northern NSW and the Gold Coast, was opened 50 years ago today. Television New England Ltd obtained the licence to provide a commercial television service to Tamworth and the Upper Namoi region in October 1962. NEN9 was opened at 6.00pm on Saturday 10 April 1965 …

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Countdown turns 40

Countdown, the show that epitomised the pop music scene in Australia for over a decade, made its debut 40 years ago today. Produced at ABC‘s Melbourne studios, Countdown was initially commissioned for six half-hour and two one-hour programs to air on Friday evenings in November and December 1974. The new show was six months in …

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Prime7 Albury turns 50

The launch of Albury’s first TV station AMV4 — now known as Prime7 — sparked an unusual TV rivalry, albeit a friendly one. Because Albury did not have any local TV station prior to AMV4’s debut in September 1964, local viewers keen to access television had installed large antennas so they could receive Shepparton stations GMV6 and ABGV3 …

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TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

Bobby Limb (pictured), compere of the variety show Sound Of Music, was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 6th annual TV Week Logie Awards in 1964. The awards were held on the cruise ship Marconi Liber, docked in Sydney, but did not receive TV coverage. Even TV Week‘s own …

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Brian Henderson for Logies’ Hall of Fame

Former Sydney TV newsreader Brian Henderson is to be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards‘ Hall of Fame. New Zealand-born Henderson, a Gold Logie winner in 1968 (pictured), had joined TCN9 in the late 1950s.  He dominated Sydney television for over 40 years as newsreader at TCN and was known nationally as host of pop …

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How Australia made ABBA

It is well known that Swedish pop group ABBA got their big break as winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, but in many respects they only gained the attention of the recording industry and pop music fans worldwide after their subsequent popularity in Australia. Although they had some chart success in Europe following …

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