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1965: Don Lane and Graham Kennedy performed a duet in a split-screen telecast between Sydney and Melbourne via the coaxial cable that linked the two cities

As could be expected, television was warmly received in Australia. While a lot of the faces on our screens were still predominantly imported, the Australian identity was slowly but surely making itself known in the new medium. Hit shows like Bandstand, IMT, Homicide and The Mavis Bramston Show were making their mark in Australian popular culture.

Bob Dyer

1960:

  • Highlights of Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight are screened interstate as The Graham Kennedy Channel Nine Show
  • New TV stations: ABS2 Adelaide, ABW2 Perth, ABT2 Hobart, TVT6 Hobart
  • November:  The Postmaster-General announces the thirteen successful applicants to operate the first stage in the roll-out of commercial television to regional areas in New South Wales (including Canberra), Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, GTV9)
1961:

Lorrae Desmond

1962:

  • New TV stations: BTV6 Ballarat, NBN3 Newcastle, TNT9 Launceston, WIN4 Wollongong, TNQ7 Townsville, DDQ10 Toowoomba, ABC3 Canberra, CTC7 Canberra, RTN8 Lismore, and CBN8 Orange.
  • Variety program Revue ’61, produced at ATN7, is sold to the Canadian CTV network. It is believed to be the first Australian production sold to an overseas network for prime-time screening.
  • March: The Government announces that an additional commercial television station will be licenced for each of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  In April it was announced that the new Sydney and Adelaide stations will be licensed to broadcast on Channel 10, the Melbourne and Brisbane stations on Channel 0, and the new Perth station on Channel 9.
  • July 1: Station affiliations change. GTV9 and TCN9 align to form the National Television Network (now the Nine Network) along with QTQ9 and NWS9; HSV7 and ATN7 align to form the Australian Television Network (now the Seven Network) along with BTQ7 and ADS7. TVW7, being the sole commercial TV station in Perth, remains independent of network affiliation.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Tommy Hanlon Jnr (It Could Be You, GTV9), Lorrae Desmond (The Lorrae Desmond Show, ABC)
1963:
  • New TV station: RTQ7 Rockhampton.
  • ABC launches its first regional stations
  • November: TCN9 and GTV9 are connected via coaxial cable, allowing the instant sharing of news stories and programs between both cities.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Michael Charlton (Four Corners, ABC)

Leonard Teale, Homicide.

1964:

  • New TV stations: AMV4 Albury, RVN2 Wagga Wagga.
  • August 1: Melbourne’s third commercial TV station, ATV0, is opened by Ansett Transport Industries. The first program is This Is It! presented live from studios in the Melbourne suburb of Nunawading.
  • October: Coverage of the 1964 Olympic Games from Tokyo is provided by ABC and commercial stations, in co-operation with the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), compiling daily 30-minute reports from Tokyo and rushed to Australia for transmission within 24 hours.
  • October 20: HSV7 screens the first episode of a new Melbourne-produced police drama, Homicide. It becomes a huge success and runs on the Seven Network for 510 episodes over 12 years.
  • November 11: Comedy revue series The Mavis Bramston Show debuts on ATN7, Sydney.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Bobby Limb (Sound Of Music, Nine)

Jimmy Hannan

1965:

1966:
  • New TV stations: FNQ10 Cairns, ECN8 Taree, SDQ4 Southern Downs, SES8 Mt Gambier
  • Australia starts to receive daily news reports via satellite.
  • An Australian version of Play School, based on the BBC production of the same name, begins on ABC.  Here’s Humphrey begins its long run on Nine.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Gordon Chater (The Mavis Bramston Show, Seven)
1967:
  • New TV stations: BTW3 Bunbury.
  • April 10: ABC’s controversial nightly current affairs program This Day Tonight begins.
  • June: Australia takes part in two global satellite telecasts: Our World, a two-hour telecast screened simultaneously in 30 countries and included segments produced in 18 countries including Australia, and Expo 67 a live telecast highlighting Australia’s contribution at Expo 67 in Montreal.
  • June 15: ATV0 produces the first colour TV program on Australian television when it televises the Pakenham racing in colour.
  • August 28:  ABC’s popular evening series Bellbird premieres. A huge hit in the country, but only a moderate success in the cities, it ran until 1977.
  • September 16: The NSW Rugby League Grand Final is telecast live for the first time
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winners: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, Nine) and Hazel Phillips (Girl Talk, 0-10). The first TV Week Logie Awards presentation hosted by Bert Newton.

Brian Henderson

1968:

1969:

  • February: The Government announces that Australia will adopt the European PAL colour TV standard, instead of the American NTSC system.
  • March 8: The world title fight between Lionel Rose and Alan Rudkin becomes the most watched telecast in Australia television history.
  • March 11: Crawford Productions and GTV9 launch Division 4, a new police drama.
  • Fredd Bear’s Breakfast-A-Go-Go

    Fredd Bear’s Breakfast-A-Go-Go, with Judy Banks and Fredd Bear, starts a successful run on ATV0.

  • Australian television broadcasts live coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. GTV9 extends transmission to 24 hours a day for the duration of the Apollo 11 mission to include live coverage.
  • December 23: Graham Kennedy presents his final In Melbourne Tonight
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight, Nine)

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    • Leanne on 28 April 2017 at 1:22 PM
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    Looking for a show called the channel sixes between 1961-1965 shown in Hobart Tasmania

      • Kim harrold on 5 June 2017 at 8:37 AM
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      I was a member of the Channel Sixers for three years and I have been struggling to find much about us back then.
      Went to the 50th TV6 Anniversary and there were a few photo’s and a small mention on the DVD. I have some old photos of our tour to Launceston and towns in between.

    • kelly hart on 8 May 2017 at 11:16 AM
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    i am trying to find out if anyone remembers a show with fat cat and percy penguin and a puppet turtle i think it was channel 7 it was in Western Australia would have been in the 70’s early 80’s i was picked out of the audience to play a game dressing up percy penguin and fat cat i would have been 6 or 7 the host may have been Ken? i would love to see footage if available Zippety doo da rings bells

      • steve on 19 August 2017 at 3:55 PM
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      “Fatcat and Friends” I’m pretty sure was the show 🙂

    • Shulkes on 22 June 2017 at 6:11 PM
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    Hello,
    I just have a question about the way that the TV listings were published in the 1960s in Adelaide. Did these appear in The Advertiser or The News back in the day? Thanks for your great site.

    1. Somebody from Adelaide might know the answer to this.

      Thank you for the kind words, too.

    • Greg Hale on 15 July 2017 at 12:21 PM
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    Does anyone out there or at Channel Seven have any photos or footage of the Bob Dylan concert on April 23rd 1966, in Perth?

    Please ring 08 98408862

    • s best on 23 July 2017 at 7:53 PM
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    Hi there

    Would anyone out there have footage of Ch9’s WILD WORLD OF SPORT segments with Allan Stewart, the Great White Hunter of Darwin (1960’s possibly early 70’s), who appeared regularly on the show.

    Many thanks

    • Ian Chapman on 27 July 2017 at 4:18 PM
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    Hi,

    I’ve been trying to find a coloured pic of Owly’s School. It was a show on channel 10. It aired between 1967-1970

    • Leigh on 27 August 2017 at 9:12 PM
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    What was the name of the boxing show on channel 0/10. Broadcast out of the nunawading studios late 1960s early 1970s?

      • simon on 25 August 2018 at 4:14 PM
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      Quite possibly a show called TV Ringside. Was on at night. I remember coming home from Cubs in that era, and my father sitting watching it. In black and white, of course.

    • Belinda Bennett on 30 August 2017 at 3:27 PM
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    Hi, I’m trying to track down a segment on TNT9, I would imagine, where a whole heap of very young school age children were invited in be filmed. Not sure for what reason, could have been singing but could have been as audience.

    I remember we were back stage at first, there was a section of stadium style seating. But not sure if we sat there.

    Sorry for vagueness. But it would have been recorded by the station as an event on the calendar where school or young aged kids were invited. I was born in 1962, so it would have to have been somewhere between 1967-1974.

    Are there any records that can be sorted through by someone. Or does anyone else have the same memory?? My name at the time is the same as now. Thx

    • Belinda Bennett on 30 August 2017 at 3:31 PM
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    Hi again. It could have even been “here’s Humfrey” segment.

    • Caroline on 12 September 2017 at 11:46 AM
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    i was working at TCN9 in the sixties. Would love to hear from fellow workmates in Telecine or the Accounts. I was record librarian working for Les Free and Greg McTiernan. Those were the best years of television with Bruce Gyngell at the helm with fantastic programs including ‘live’ variety shows each week at our studios.

    • Helen on 11 October 2017 at 4:30 PM
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    Who was the woman exercise instructor on TV in the 60’s, older, blonde, was a big celebrity, always wore an old fashioned jazz ballet leotard, had her own show? She was around about the same time as Graham Kerr’s “Cooking with Kerr”, our first celebrity chef.

    1. Not sure. Maybe Roma Blair?

        • Helen on 12 October 2017 at 9:31 AM
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        Nope. It’s driving me mad. She was mature age, think the name may start with a T. In the days before Lycra, it was called keep fit, and the exercises were pretty basic.

        • David Sale on 8 August 2018 at 5:56 PM
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        The name escapes me too, but she was a terribly terribly jolly-hockey-stick English lady, who branched out from her exercise program in several directions…even to appearing onstage with Stuart Wagstaff in a Noel Coward play.

    • Caroline on 20 October 2017 at 10:18 AM
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    Hi,
    Just wondering if it is possible to get copies of The Country & Western Hour shows with Roger Cadwell & Reg Lindsay during the 1960’s? I have 3 shows so I know that they were recorded though looking for others
    If anyone can let me know where, this would be appreciated – I have tried Channel Nine & still waiting on a response from the State Library of South Australia

    1. You could also try the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra

    • Caroline B on 23 October 2017 at 10:49 AM
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    Could the lady be Sue Becker. Was on the ABC tv
    with exercise program called ‘Becker’s Broadside’.
    Would have been around the sixties when it was aired.
    I think Sue retired down here to Tasmania but not certain.

    • Caroline Bolton on 19 December 2017 at 4:05 PM
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    Can someone tell me whether I ‘m right about Sue Becker and her show, Beckers Broadside’ Hope you saw my letter Helen. Think Sue did work in Tassie as did radio personality Amdrea. Andrea did talkback in the seventies on 7EX with Mike Dodd, both sadly no longer with us. My Mum always stopped for morning coffee when Andrea was on the air and I went across the paddock from my unit to join her. Nowdays have morning talkback on LAFM in the style of John Laws. Wish reception for radio better at night – we are not digital yet.
    CAROLINE

      • Caroline Bolton on 20 December 2017 at 8:08 AM
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      Have to amend last letter re Andrea. It was not her that had radio program on 7EX – was Dita Cobb. She did the early talkback program with Mike.
      Currently Brian Carlton, from Sydney, does the News Talkback on LAFM and he has the style of John Laws – something Launceston has needed for years with Tasmanian content as well as National and International events.
      Caroline B..
      .

    • Ted on 30 April 2018 at 11:45 AM
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    What year was the ABV2 Melbourne ‘ Once upon a time ‘ ice show produced at the then St Moritz skating rink .
    Thank you T. Jackson

    • Gill on 24 June 2018 at 10:30 AM
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    Anyone know where I can get complete shows of Graham Kennedy shows and also Don Lane shows? I have only seen ‘best of’ and would like the whole shows as I remember them.
    Thank you.

    • Annette on 25 June 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    As the winner of a competition MANY moons ago, I appeared on several Channel Niner’s shows in Brisbane – with Jim Illife and Annette Allison (I believe). Would have been in 1968 or 1969. Where would I go to find footage, photos if there is a such things?

    1. Unlikely to find much of either I’m afraid. Best I can suggest is contacting Channel 9 in Brisbane.

    • david on 3 July 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    hello,david here im jus wanting to know what ever happened to former news reader del ward

    • Graham Peck on 30 July 2018 at 1:48 PM
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    Whatever happened to Caroline Pearce. She was a dancer at GTV 9 in the 1960’s. I went to Reservoir High School with Caroline in the period 1957 to 1961. Remember the long red hair well.

    • Stephen John Collicoat on 7 August 2018 at 9:05 PM
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    Can anyone suggest the name of a well known news reporter on GTV9 in Melbourne in 1968 or 1969. He was American by birth, nice looking and had a very pleasant professional manner.

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