Please be watching TVW Channel 7 tonight at 8:30pm (Friday October 16th, 2009) for Seven’s 50th anniversary special titled “7 Perth The First 50 Years”.
This fast moving, informative and entertaining special will bring back many fond memories of TVW in the early years. It will also be an education for the younger viewers who did not experience a time when TVW was an independent company, dedicated to providing a local presence, broadcasting a wide range of live and recorded shows every day. Romper Room, Children’s Channel Seven, Stars of the Future, Today and Televisit aimed at women, News, current events, Viewpoint and Sports programs, with a variety of entertainment shows from Spotlight, Tuesday Date, Teen Beat, Club 7 Teen, Tonight on Seven, In Perth Tonight, Spellbound, and the many quiz shows such as Post Office, Letterbox and It’s Academic, Reach For The Stars, the big budget specials such as Invitation to the Dance, the Nutcracker and the Good Oil and many more. Not to forget the arena shows in the big tent or the Perth Entertainment Centre, the Christmas Pageant and Telethon. This trend continued as the decades passed, culminating in the internationally broadcast Bob Hope Down Under in 1978 and Miss Universe in 1979.
Sir James Cruthers espouses the philosophy first outlined by WA Newspaper Managing Editor James Edward Macartney. Darcy Farrell informs us of the world changing and headline gaining stories during his period as the inaugural News Editor.
Rolf Harris, Coralie Condon, Brian Williams and Carolyn Noble were four TVW pioneers who made a big impact on the viewers, as either presenters or producers.
Gary Carvolth and Jeff Newman represent two very versatile presenters, involved with a wide range of programs and who applied their craft both in front and behind the cameras. Trina Brown was also very versatile. Firstly as a fondly remembered children’s hostess, Secondly pioneering Early Birds and thirdly as the first woman weather presenter in WA.
Sandy Baker, Johnny Young, Peter Waltham and Alison Fan enlighten us about the early and middle years.
Simon Reeve, Yvette Mooney, Jenny Seaton, Keith Geary, Susannah Carr and Ric Ardon wrap up the final decades. The images here only give a small insight into the considerable content of this two hour special, astutely produced by Sadie Purser and most competently compiled by Brad Bergersen.