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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


  • 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)

Lorrae Desmond


  • 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)
  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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)
  • 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



  • January: Sydney channels ATN7 and TCN9 launch competing breakfast news shows, Sydney Today and Today respectively.
  • 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 Australian 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.

  • July: 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 🙂

        • Edward Cioffi on 1 June 2020 at 6:36 PM
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        Does anybody remember the talent show on SAS 10 I think known as Stars of Tomorrow and has a white or blonde curly haired judge in the 60s

      • david on 30 October 2019 at 10:26 PM
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      hello Kelly david here percy the penguin was with dina heslop aka dina and percy.hope this helps

    • Shulkes on 22 June 2017 at 6:11 PM
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    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.

      • Martin on 2 June 2020 at 8:45 PM
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      Both newspapers, plus TV Guide, TV Week and TV Times.

    • 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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    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.

      • Caroline Bolton on 5 April 2019 at 10:50 AM
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      still trying to locate friends from Telecine i Barbara Bush {nee Sarkus}, Ken Stratton, who went into Media down in Wollongong}, Peter Cox and Jane Davis. Maybe could have a reunion sometime or at least keep in touch on Facebook.

    • 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.

      • Wayne on 16 October 2018 at 8:07 AM
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      Sue Becker

    • Caroline on 20 October 2017 at 10:18 AM
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    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 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.

      • Michael on 2 June 2020 at 11:06 PM
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      Carolyn Pearce is a relative to me through one of my fathers uncle’s. Carolyn was his daughter. I have just received some information from a cousin who was a friends with Carolyn.

      She does not have any knowledge now a
      of where this line of the family ended up.

      I would be grateful to know if you did ever find any leads on Carolyn and her progress as a dancer and subsequent life story. The red hair came from our Irish background but I only remember her in black and white on IMT.


      Michael M

    • 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.

    • Caroline B on 17 October 2018 at 8:16 PM
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    Chuck Faulkner was seen in Sydney reading news each night – he had an American accent. This may help Stephen.
    Incidentally, what happened to Chuck –
    Think he was on Nine News.

    • Stephen Collicoat on 10 November 2018 at 9:01 AM
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    I always recall my first tv interview. I was the public relations officer for the Victorian Employers federation and had written an article praising moves to introduce Daylight Saving. Channel Nine asked to interview me and the reporter, an American thought it would be a good idea if we conducted the interview both in suits sitting on St. Kilda Beach. A dorky idea but the idea was that starting work an hour early we could all get down to the beach while the sun was up.
    Two old deckchairs were found in the GTV9 props department and we set up on the beach, avidly watched by a raffish crowd of locals, including a girl dressed only in a blanket. The interview proceeded and although I felt camera shy it went pretty well until the frayed canvas of my deckchair gave way and I shot down with my rear end on the sand. As I struggled free, I looked very serious, responding to Premier Bolte’s dismissive comment that you may as well introduce a curfew as well.
    When the sequence was filmed, my mother and I who didn’t have a tv set went to my fiance’s home. The report began with the reaction of dairy farmers who were critical of the idea. The camera tracked down to the cow’s udders then faded out to fade in my face. Noone looks good after their face appears in cojunction with cows udders! Hope you like this memory.

    1. that’s gold! What a welcome to television!

    • BJV on 18 January 2019 at 1:33 PM
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    Anyone know the theme to Seven Days on Seven which was one of the first commercial TV current affairs programs – at the time people said it was Finlandia by Sibelius but don’t think thats right – its been a “tortune” for me for 50 years.

    • Ian Stimson on 24 October 2019 at 11:59 PM
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    South Western Telecasters, BTW-3’s signal was picked up at Kenine Hill on a 40 foot dish 60 miles from Mt Lennard using a reverse YAGI antenna focused at the centre of this dish it was then microwaved from Kenine Hill all the way to Mt Barker to the GSW-9 transmitting station The GSW-9 station at Mt Barker went on AIR August 1968, in time for this Network to relay The first Telethon from TVW-7 using Off Air pickup at Mt William then Microwave Linked to the Bunbury Studios this was a 35 mile path and then re broadcast thru BTW-3 and GSW-9 thus covering the southwest region as well as the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

    • Renato on 30 November 2019 at 12:28 AM
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    I’m trying to find footage of the variety talent show ‘Search For A Star’ from 1981 where Jimmy Hannan was the host. I am looking for the episode that aired on Friday 3rd July 1981 as my sister performed on that one. Thanks.

    • RHONDA BROWN on 21 May 2020 at 3:19 PM
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    There was a kind of quiz show,shown on NBN Channel 3,shown in the 1960’s.If you answered correctly ,the host randomly loaded your trolley with groceries each time, and at the end,if you got the hardest question correct,you won the major prize.A friend of mine,now passed away,won a Pop-up toaster….big prize in those days.I am sure it was made by NBN 3,as my friend didn’t drive,and was in the studio.I cannot remember the host’s name either…..but he had a huge smile.

    1. Hi Rhonda. I wonder if you are referring to Jackpot Quiz, hosted by Bob McGready? The show was made at CBN8 in Orange but he also took the show across various country channels in NSW.

    • Sandy Birrer on 30 June 2020 at 7:22 PM
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    Hi , just happened across this site and was seeking any info about a visit to Cribb Island in the late 60’s or 1970 at the latest by a current affairs program on either the closing of a kindergarten or just the cost of living in general. My oldest brother thinks Caroline Jones was the presenter and he thought it was the program “This Day Tonight” or “Tonight” and I dont even know which network it was! Can anyone shed some light as it would be the only video footage of my parents and siblings that exists. It could have been any program really our memories do fade with the passing years.

    1. Caroline Jones was on This Day Tonight, which was on ABC. But I don’t like your chances to obtaining any footage. For more information, please read here

    • Alexander Bourke on 1 October 2020 at 11:15 PM
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    My Mum was a dancer on Bandstand between 1962 to 1963. Her name is Krystyna Kurzydlo. I would greatly appreciate any support to help find some recordings. Thank you 🙂

    1. Some episodes were released on DVD a few years ago.

      Otherwise maybe try the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra

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