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The First 50 Years – Part 2

Posted by ken On February - 3 - 2010

Continuing the West Australian newspaper’s TVW 50th Anniversary supplement…


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The 1979 Miss Universe contest was memorable – especially for Max Bostock.

Just as the winner was announced and photographers rushed forward to capture her joy, the stage at the Perth Entertainment Centre collapsed.

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The history TVW is full of instances of employees working their way up from the ground floor.

Kevin Campbell is one of them, joining Seven as a technician and became the chairman and managing director by the time he left 35 years later.

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Early in his career, entertainer and artist Rolf Harris brought formidable talent to the fledgling TVW.

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“We had lots of different contributors, including (wildlife experts) Harry Butler and Len McKenna, Pat Thomas on pets and Colm O’Doherty, who was a storyteller.”

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Carolyn Nobleand Gary Carvolth at an Ashton Circus appearance.

The opening night variety show Spotlight with host Phillip Edgley and cast in this Coralie Condon produced live show.

David Farr during the auditions for newsreaders at Newspaper House in St Georges Terrace in 1959. Richard Ashtoncovers the story in his historic article.

Johnny Young

L to R: Seaman Colm O’Doherty, Trina Brown, Captain Jim (Atkinson) and Taffy the Lion (John Cousins)

Eric Walters at the News desk cira 1968 to early 70’s.

Brian Williams in the field filming an insert for his musical tribute to the “Songs of the Wars”. The cine cameraman is Tom Hall.

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Alison Fan with an Arriflex 16mm cine camera.

Panel discussion with Peter Waltham, John Hudson, an expert and Syd Donovan.

Luise Borsje in the Jeff Newman Bathtub on the Swan River with South Perth in the background.

Gary Carvolth and Ann Sanders on the “$50,000 Letter Box” quiz show.

Christmas Pageant in Hay Street passing the Piccadilly Theatre with the Octopus float carrying Shirley Halliday Dancers.

Trina ‘The Wink’ Brown presenting the TVW Channel Seven “Weather”

Spotlight with the ‘Guy and Dolls’ except the regular Reg Whiteman (later Fat Cat) was sick on this night. Left to Right: Stand in dancer, Judy Schonell, Dorothy and Bert Shaw (with regular Reg Whiteman sick on the night)

1980 World Professional Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Entertainment Centre – Music provided by the Will Upson Big Band with opening ceremony choreographed by Brian Smith.

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Under Chris Wharton’s watch, TVW overcame serious challenges and scaled new heights to become the top metropolitan station in Australia.

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Winning a challenge to create a new character for young viewers was just part of former general manager Greg Byrne’s illustrious career.


Judith Byrne with Fat Cat

Judith Byrne co-creator of Fat Cat

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General manager Ray Wardrop grew up watching Fat Cat, never dreaming that one day he’d be in charge of the station – and facing a dramatically different television world.

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Ray Wardrop

Current Seven Perth general manager Ray Wardrop at the Seven News vision mixing desk which uses TVW’s original Studio 2, that was used for the opening night ceremony on Friday October 16, 1959.


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