In the last podcast of the series, Terry recalls preparations for the first ever episode of “In Melbourne Tonight” with host Graham Kennedy at GTV9, on the 6th May 1957. The series ran until 1970. Read more
In the second podcast of the series, Terry describes a typical day for him, editing the early evening and late news for GTV9, starting at 9am and ending at 11pm.
The first newsreader Terry worked with was Tom Miller, and later Eric Pearce,in the early days the cameramen were Peter Hansford and Bill Beams and later Peter Purvis and Bob Lord. Read more
Today, 19th January 2017, is the 60th anniversary of GTV9‘s opening night in Melbourne, Australia. To mark the occasion here is the first in a series of interviews given by Terry Gallacher about his time in Australia during the early days of Australian Television.
In April 2011 I recorded an interview with my father, Terry Gallacher, for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Oral History program, it was meant as a record of his career and experiences in Australia, covering looking for work since his arrival in Melbourne in 1956 and including his time at GTV9 as Senior Film Editor and later at ABV2 as Supervising Film Editor. Read more
Terence Michael Gallacher died on the 3rd October 2014, almost 69 years to the day he entered British Movietone News for the first time in 1945, he was eighty five. Read more
By the winter of 1957, I was editing most of the twice nightly news service, at GTV-9 in Melbourne, as well as the Focus documentary shown on a Sunday.
The early evening news would include around four or five stories that need complete editing while another three or four would need partial editing. For the second news programme of the night, there would be an additional two or three stories to edit, stories that had taken place during the late afternoon or evening. For some time, I was the only film editor in the studio. My assistant had had no experience of editing and was in the process of learning. Read more
Two hundred articles ago, I wrote that “I hope that we have enough material to provide another hundred articles.” This Friday’s article, a podcast on my friend and colleague Paul Wyand, will be my three hundredth article. Read more
Sometime in August of 1958, Janet and I decided to fix a wedding date. A church wedding had to be performed in the parish of the bride, but, at that time, Janet was living in the heart of Melbourne.
Jim Healy, at this time the film editor at GTV, had taken a rented house with his wife and they offered the address from which Janet would be married. It was in Moorabbin. Read more
When I arrived in Melbourne in June 1956, the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne was quite unknown to me. In fact, apart from the stereotype Australian depicted in the United Kingdom, I knew nothing about the Australian way of life.
There were strange goings-on in Australia at that time. In brief, the scene was that in both Sydney and Melbourne, three organisations were getting ready to launch television broadcasting, A state broadcaster in each city and two commercial broadcasters in each city. Read more
In 1957, GTV started a short series on the police. They were trying to show what nice fellows they were. A police sergeant would give a talk to a group of teenagers who would then ask him questions. Most of these programmes had some film inserts which I directed. Read more
At GTV, Channel 9 Melbourne, it was decided to start a 15-minute documentary programme. From time to time, we would receive film for the news service with enough material to make a much longer story. It was felt that these items would be a a good source of material suitable for a news/documentary programme. In addition, there were many subjects that could be specially assigned. Read more