Tag: Bert Newton

Happy 80th Birthday, Bert

Happy 80th Birthday to Bert Newton! One of our first and certainly most enduring TV stars, Newton started in TV at the age of 19 as host of The Late Show at HSV7 from August 1957. While he has not had a regular place on television for some years (his last contract with the Nine …

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1996: January 6-12

TV Turns 40: Bert looks back Australian TV turns 40 years old in 1996. Bert Newton — who has been involved with TV almost since the beginning — looks back at those early days: “In the major cities in 1956 — TV didn’t come to rural Australia until much later, of course — I remember …

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Television and the Greater 3UZ

This website doesn’t often acknowledge the history of radio but today is an exception. Radio station 3UZ, Melbourne’s first commercial radio station, turns 90 years old today. The station has had many links to television over the decades — even years before television began. 3UZ and rival station 3DB were partners in experimental television transmissions as far back …

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Ten years ago: Australia Unites

On Boxing Day 2004, an earthquake off the Indonesian coast triggered a tsunami that caused massive devastation to a number of countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, the Maldives and Somalia. Over 200,000 people were killed by the tsunami with many more injured or unaccounted for. Whole towns and villages were decimated. Two weeks after the …

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And that was 2014

And so another year has come to an end. The biggest milestone for the year was the 50th anniversary of the launch of what is now Network Ten. We started our 50th anniversary tribute back in January followed by a look at the first test programs in May, and as the official birthday — 1 …

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Cyclone Tracy: ‘The day Darwin died’

Christmas Day 1974 is forever remembered as the day that Darwin was flattened by Cyclone Tracy. The destructive winds, measured to 200 km/h before the equipment itself failed, damaged or destroyed virtually every home and building in the tropical city. Seventy one people died and many more were injured. Much of the city’s 45,000 residents …

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Ready When You Are… or were we?

One of the most successful US comedy shows of the Sixties and early Seventies was Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In. The rapid-fire comic sketches with all the psychedelic colours of the era was a hit for America’s NBC network and also found a following in Australia (although Australians still saw the show in black and white). …

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Bert Newton quietly exits Nine

The Nine Network has confirmed that it has not renewed ties with Bert Newton after his contract with the network quietly lapsed last year — potentially ending a TV career that began back in 1957, just months after TV began in Australia. The Daily Telegraph reports that industry speculation over Newton’s contract at Nine was triggered …

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40 years since The Box, Class Of ’74

Forty years ago there was a turning point for two of Australia’s most prolific television producers — Reg Grundy and Hector Crawford. Grundy (pictured), a former radio announcer, had built his TV production empire largely on game and panel shows — many being local adaptations of formats developed overseas. It was a successful strategy but …

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1993: April 11-17

Cover: Jo Bailey (Sale Of The Century) A Country Get-Together Around 150 past and present cast members of A Country Practice gathered at a Sydney harbourside restaurant to celebrate the series’ 1000th episode.  The show’s creator and producer James Davern said that even after 1000 episodes there is still plenty of life in the series. …

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