On Friday August 7th, 2009, Kevin Campbell and Darcy Farrell organised a morning tea in Kings Park for former TVW Engineering, News and Operations staff, to welcome back Frank Benedetto to our shores, after an absence of nearly four decades. The popular American is here with his friend Johnny for a short visit, prior to crossing the country, from west to east in a road trip, covering the top end of Australia and the dead centre.
Kings Park Mini-Reunion on Friday August 7th, 2009
WA TV History
Kevin Campbell and Darcy Farrell organised a morning tea in Kings Park for former TVW Engineering, News and Operations staff, to welcome back Frank Benedetto to our shore.
Darcy Farrell pioneered television news in Western Australia, as TVW’s first News Editor and a mentor to many fine journalists throughout Australia and beyond. Kevin Campbell rose from valued technician to the highest levels within TVW as a station, and the Seven Network as a whole. Kevin came up with the concept of an Operations Department, a move that has been mirrored throughout the industry, including the ABC. This bridged the gap between the technical and creative mindsets, providing a group of dedicated facilitators to help make things happen.
This get together represents people of different skills and disciplines, who worked harmoniously together, and now decades later share that bond, formed during the pioneering days of TV here in WA.
John Morcombe worked in the TVW videotape and telecine area, the Mt. Goldsworthy mining TV facility and outside broadcasts from 1970 to 1972, before moving on to the ABC and gaining an engineering degree. The adventurous and multi-skilled Frank Benedetto also worked in the videotape and telecine area, after leaving the US military, to spend a working holiday in our country. The good turn out indicates how well Frank is regarded by former colleagues and management.
Gordon McColl was the senior studio cameraman for TVW’s opening night on Friday October 16th, 1959, and later became the director of Johnny Young’s Club 7 Teen, before his appointment as the dedicated News studio director, and then moving into the education field in 1975.
Former TVW newsroom staffer Stuart Joynt holds the record of news director at most capital city TV stations (TVW7, SAS10, ADS7 and founding news director at NEW10).
Michael Goodall was a news cameraman with Seven from 1971 to 2003. Continuing the Goodall family tradition where, father Leith Goodall was a freelance cameraman for Movietone cinema newsreels, and brother Peter a pioneering news cameraman from day one at TVW. Brian Coulter worked at TVW from 1972 to 1980 then from 1980 to 1983 as a journalist, News Producer and Director of News at SAS in Adelaide.