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TV At 60: ABC begins in Melbourne

The opening night of ABC‘s Melbourne station ABV2 went ahead without anywhere near the problems encountered by its Sydney sister two weeks earlier. The station was officially opened by Minister for Labour and National Service Harold Holt shortly after 7.00pm on Monday, 19 November 1956. Other speakers during the half-hour ceremony included Leader of the …

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TV At 60: Hey Hey tops readers poll

The votes are in and have been counted… and readers of this website have voted Hey Hey It’s Saturday as their favourite program from 60 years of Australian television. Meanwhile, three titles not included in the original top 60 were voted in enough numbers to get into the list — Wheel Of Fortune, Matlock Police …

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TV At 60: The Top 60 Part II

Continuing the countdown of the top 60 Australian TV shows. See also Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part V and Part VI. Feel free to share or comment and there will be a poll later in the week. 50. This Fabulous Century (Seven, 1979) Billed at the time as the most expensive documentary project ever undertaken by Australian TV, This …

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1996: July 6-12

So long, Summer Bay… Melissa George (pictured) was all smiles… and tears… as she bid farewell to Home And Away after three years as former street kid Angel. “I’ve been fortunate enough to see a little girl grow into a lady,” said producer Russell Webb, referring to George joining the cast as a 16-year-old, before handing …

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Obituary: Oscar Whitbread

Oscar Whitbread, former television producer, died earlier this week at the age of 86. Whitbread first joined ABV2 in Melbourne in January 1957, just months after it first commenced transmission. His early years at ABV were predominantly focused on producing documentary and variety programs — in particular, the long-running magazine program Panorama, hosted by popular presenter Corinne Kerby, …

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TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

The Seven Network‘s Steve Vizard was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 33rd annual TV Week Logie Awards. The Gold Logie came a year after Vizard, a cast member and producer of sketch comedy series Fast Forward, branched out to produce and host Seven’s late-night talk/variety show Tonight Live. …

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1996: April 20-26

Angel’s baby — it’s a girl! Home And Away‘s newest addition is born in episodes to go to air this week. Angel (Melissa George) gives birth to daughter Shane — named after the baby’s recently-deceased father. Of course, the baby’s birth — already 10 weeks premature — is in dramatic circumstances. Summer Bay is hit …

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1996: March 16-22

Gladiators is gone! Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Daryl Somers has hosed down predictions from rival Seven Network that the 25-year-old show will struggle to rate in 1996. While he acknowledges that Seven’s Gladiators is having some success in the Saturday night battle, he notes that success come down to demographics. “If you look at the demographic of …

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Studio 10’s salute to ’77

Network Ten‘s morning show Studio 10 had a special episode on Friday to pay tribute to the year 1977. It was a time of loud fashions, glamorous hairstyles, disco music, emerging technology and some dubious facial hair. Studio 10‘s hosts — Natarsha Belling, Joe Hildebrand, Denise Drysdale, Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe (pictured) — and guest panellist, former pop star …

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1996: January 13-19

Battered, bruised and burnt! Blue Heelers‘ Lisa McCune and Fire newcomer Tottie Goldsmith (pictured) are finding out the hard way about the physical demands of their jobs. McCune, referring to filming a dramatic two-part episode to go to air next month, told TV Week: “I had bruises all over my hips after shooting on Blue Heelers …

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