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Starting from zero… 35 years of SBS TV

This weekend marks 35 years since Bruce Gyngell (pictured) announced “Good evening, and welcome to multicultural television,” on the opening night of Channel 0/28 — the network that is now SBS. The birth of 0/28 and multicultural television came five years after the launch of ‘ethnic’ radio stations in Sydney and Melbourne that would eventually come under the …

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1995: October 7-13

Mum’s the word Home And Away‘s Melissa George (pictured) says there is an unexpected benefit to portraying a pregnant woman on television. “Now I can eat my lunch before going on set and not have to worry about holding my tummy in!,” she told TV Week. Her character Angel’s pregnancy to Shane (Dieter Brummer) was not …

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1995: June 17-23

Cover: Kylie Minogue The hour is nigh! After months of speculation it now appears that Nine‘s Jana Wendt is to move to New York to appear on the US version of 60 Minutes. Her contract with Nine expires at the end of the year — and through Nine’s output arrangements with the US it will still …

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Nine Perth turns 50

Happy Birthday to Perth’s STW Nine which turns 50 years old today. The licence to operate Perth’s second commercial station was awarded to Swan Television in February 1964. Among the shareholders in Swan Television was Ansett Transport Industries — the company which had been awarded the licence to operate Melbourne’s third commercial station, ATV0, and …

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Matlock Police now on DVD

Matlock Police, the 1970s police drama, is the latest from the Crawfords Australia archive to be released on DVD. The first volume of 26 episodes feature regular cast members Michael Pate, Vic Gordon, Paul Cronin and Grigor Taylor and include guest appearances by some of Australia’s most familiar actors — including Sheila Florance (in the first …

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Obituary: Norman Yemm

Norman Yemm, veteran actor of Australian film, stage and television, has died at the age of 81. With a background in opera and musical theatre, Yemm made the transition to television in the police drama Homicide. After making a number of guest appearances in the series, he took on the regular role of Detective Jim …

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Top 10 Aussie TV Themes

A little while ago an American TV blog, Comfort TV, ran a series of articles listing its favourite TV themes of each decade from the 1950s to 1980s. Many were of shows very familiar to Australian audiences, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, The Love Boat, Cheers, Moonlighting, Twin Peaks and Highway To …

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Homicide: 50 years on

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first appearance of Homicide on Australian television. The series, produced by Crawford Productions, wasn’t the first drama produced by Australian television but was the first to demonstrate that Australian audiences would watch locally-produced drama in overwhelming numbers. Its success sparked a booming industry of Australian television drama production. But …

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On TV: 19 October 1979, Melbourne

The next in our occasional series looking at what was on TV on this day in years past. Today we’re going back to Friday, 19 October 1979 in Melbourne, as listed in TV Week (with Mike Walsh on the cover with Jeanne Little and Sue Smith, celebrating 1500 episodes of The Mike Walsh Show) If you wanted …

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On TV: 2 October 1980, Sydney.

One of the most visited and commented on sections of this site is the Classic TV Guides. There are now something like 400 listings archived there, dating back to the early days of TV and covering some of the significant moments and milestones in our TV history. In more recent times I’ve been posting random …

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