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
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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.
I did it with three cameras, one of which was permanently on the dartboard, another from behind the thrower and the third looking back at the thrower. It worked well. However, I nearly missed the start of the tournament. 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
In the early 50s, we only had one television broadcaster. The Conservative Government had approved the establishment of a commercial television broadcaster. This was due to start in September of 1955. However, in 1954, BBC television did not have a news bulletin as we know them today. They assumed that most people would gather their news from the radio, and this was probably true.
At some stage they introduced a television news programme that consisted of the Ten O’clock News from BBC radio with a caption card.
Knowing that ITV was on the horizon and ITN was to be created, the BBC decided to do something about it. Read more
At home in 1949 the major family event, apart from me leaving the army, was that we purchased a television set. It was a Ferguson with a 9-inch screen, that is 9 inches from bottom left to top right. We placed it on our dining room (kitchen) table which was round and about five feet across. We could sit at the table watching it. The size of the screen was irrelevant since the ratio of size and distance meant that the screen was big enough for us.
We had a blue monochrome picture. The quality of the set was superb but, of course, there was only one channel, the BBC. The broadcasting started late and finished early. I believe that transmission, except for special events, started with children’s hour and ended at about ten fifteen at night. Read more
I was there as Senior Film Editor, with one other editor who had never handled sixteen millimetre film prior to his arrival. In the beginning, Jim Healy was an assistant rather than an editor. However, the work-load was such that within a few months, he became a proficient editor. Read more
In 1966 I joined Southern Television as a Film Editor. Southern Television was situated in Northam, Southampton on reclaimed land from nearby River Itchen. Southern Television began transmitting in late 1958 from a converted Plaza Cinema in Southampton and moved to Northam some years later. It’s domain consisted of two areas, one extending from the Isle of Wight, Weymouth, Marlborough, Basingstoke and Brighton and the other, a smaller area Dover. Read more
50 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.
Of course, many documentaries have their 50th anniversary, however, this was the first documentary film ever broadcast about the U2 aircraft and it’s mission in Australia. The film was made during historic times, the same year Gary Powers was captured by the Soviets after his U2 was shot down. We had unprecedented access to the U2’s in action at R.A.A.F East Sale. Read more