Tag: Melbourne Cup

Looking sharp for the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s longest running annual sporting event — this year is the 152nd running of the ‘race that stops the nation’.  But the Melbourne Cup isn’t just about the horses… some would say more importantly it’s about the fashions on the field. The occasion of the Melbourne Cup usually gives the TV …

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1992: November 1-7

Lights, camera… Kieren! Swimming champion Kieren Perkins (pictured far right) has signed a two-year deal with Network Ten as a station personality and star of its Commonwealth Games coverage in 1994.  The 19-year-old who laughs at his perceived public image of “the boy next door… superhero” says there is little chance of getting too confident of …

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1992: October 25-31

Ballroom blitz! Paul Mercurio, star of the box office hit Strictly Ballroom, is currently on a whirlwind tour of the United States and United Kingdom to promote the film.  He laughs at the comparisons made from American journalists that liken him to other actors that have starred in dance-themed movies, such as Patrick Swayze and …

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1991: November 2-8

Hey, Ben’s a dad! It might be a shock to some to realise that Ben Oxenbould, the newcomer to the cast of Hey Dad!, is himself a dad.  The 22-year-old, who got his big break at the age of seven in the film Fatty Finn, has a one-year-old son but is very protective of him …

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Sandra Sully signs off from Late News

It was the end of an era last night as Network Ten newsreader Sandra Sully signed off from the Late News for the last time. The former Canberra correspondent, who’d also had a stint as co-host of Good Morning Australia and the Sydney edition of the 5pm Ten News, took on the role of presenting …

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The Melbourne Cup: 1960, 1970, 1980

The running of the 100th Melbourne Cup, on 1 November 1960, was a significant one for television. It was the first time the race was telecast direct to Sydney in a rare co-operative effort between Sydney’s three TV channels – ABN2, ATN7 and TCN9. The direct telecast, scheduled to run for about half-an-hour, included the …

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Seven wins ‘09

No real surprises here.  The Seven Network has claimed victory for the 2009 season, based on the 40 weeks of prime-time (6.00pm-12.00am) ratings competition. It is Seven’s third consecutive year at the top – this year managing an audience share of 28.8%, followed by Nine (26.8%), Ten (22.2%), ABC (16.4%) and SBS (5.9%).  Taking the …

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1979: November 3-9

Sammys golden night out The fourth annual Australian TV and Film Awards, the Sammys, have been presented at Sydney’s Seymour Centre.  Winning the Gold Sammy awards, for excellence in performance during the year, were daytime TV host Mike Walsh and singer and TV presenter Marcia Hines.  For Walsh it is his second Gold Sammy and …

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The race that stopped the station

Viewers will tomorrow (Tuesday) take for granted that many major sporting events, such as the Melbourne Cup, will be televised in some form. However, this wasn’t always the case.  Even though television flickered on for the first time in Australia in 1956, it would be another 22 years before Melbourne television viewers could see live-to-air …

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