Tag: Countdown

Retro Rage… the tradition continues

It’s been happening each January for many years, and 2015 is no exception. Rage is once again digging up the ABC archive for its annual retro month, starting tonight. Kicking off retro month this year are six Countdown episodes — one episode from each of 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986 — and a few …

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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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1994: November 19-25

Talk To The Animals in Africa While filming for Talk To The Animals in Africa, reporter Steve Oemcke was convinced he was going to die when an elephant charged at him. He was using a video camera to tape the crew bravely filming the elephants at close range: “I was filming this elephant, then swinging …

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1994: November 12-18

Cover: Melissa George (Home And Away) Sundae too far away! Those who have seen the film The Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert may have seen Ken Radley as the vile redneck drunk in Coober Pedy intent on doing something “something villainous” to Guy Pearce‘s befrocked character. What most may not realise is that Radley …

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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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Snapshot of ABC — 2014 and 1984

ABC has released its Annual Report for the financial year 2013-14, detailing the broadcaster’s activities and financial statistics for the year. The 250-page report begins with a snapshot of statistics relating to the ABC’s content and audience reach. For instance: 98.62% of Australians have access to ABC’s digital television signal (providing five television services across …

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1994: October 29-November 4

Cover: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Home Improvement), Mark Curry (Hangin’ With Mr Cooper) Byrne hot for Real Life Rumours around the television industry indicate that former 60 Minutes reporter and Sydney radio 2BL presenter Jennifer Byrne is set to return to TV as host of Seven‘s Real Life, replacing Stan Grant. Adding fuel to the speculation is …

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40 years of colour TV

It was 40 years today that Australian TV (finally…!) began to colour our world. The wait for colour was a long one for Australia. The United States and Canada made the transition to colour by the mid-1960s, and the United Kingdom started the conversion to colour TV from 1967. Many European countries followed in 1968. Even …

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Mike Munro among Queen’s Birthday Honours

Newsreader Mike Munro (pictured), TV vet Dr Harry Cooper, sporting commentators Ray Warren and Phil Gould, members of The Seekers and TV presenter Richard Wilkins are among those to be awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Professor Paul Grabowsky — “For distinguished service to …

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Another Hey Hey comeback?

Daryl Somers has publicly flagged the possibility of yet another Hey Hey It’s Saturday comeback… but you won’t see it on television. Speaking on Brisbane radio station 612 ABC, Somers said he has long considered doing a Hey Hey It’s Saturday concert series or tour, citing the show’s enduring popularity on social media — although …

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