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The First 50 Years – Part 3

Posted by ken On February - 3 - 2010

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


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Dennis Cometti remembers the glory days of WA footy, and how the right people helped the channel bind itself to a sporting community.

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Over 50 years, Channel 7 in Perth has understood better than any other station in the country how to bind itself to the community
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Newsreaders Susannah Carr and Rick Ardon have been working in tandem at the news desk of TVW for half of the station’s life.

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Today Tonight’s Mario D’Orazio tells of pride and pitfalls in public affairs TV.

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Richard Ashton, Gordon McColl and Ken McKay have a passion for recording the history of WA television.

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A collection of characters has entertained kids over the years. Captain Jim, Seaman O’Doherty, Taffy, Percy and Fat Cat. And with them Carolyn Noble, Trina Brown, Sandy Baker, Judy Thompson, Debbie Allanson, Alison Carroll, Gabrielle Hammond and Sharon Dale.

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Producing, presenting – and placating Eartha Hitt – were among the many talents of the ‘first lady’ of WA television Coralie Condon.

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Television veteran Peter Harries looks at 50 eventful years.


Dr Peter Harries PhD

In 2005 Peter was awarded a PhD for his thesis on the history of commercial television in Perth, WA.

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First Telethon in 1968

Johnny O’Keefe, Graham Kennedy, Bobby Limb and Stuart Wagstaff, shirtless on the first Telethon in 1968.


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Madcap antics, international stars and a host of top local and national entertainers has made Telethon the success it is today – but at its heart is a commitment to the WA community.

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T
elethon cracked the $1 million mark in 1980.

Michael Jackson, Telethon 1985.

Sir James Cruthers cuts a seven-tier cake at the opening of Telethon 1980.

Dame Edna Everage and Stuart Wagstaff, Telethon 1986.

John Farnham sings live at Telethon in 1989.


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Stevie Wonder at the 1987 Telethon.

Mary Coustas, in character as Effie, in the phone room at the 1990 Telethon.

Ernie Dingo at the 1991 Telethon breakfast at Fremantle.



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Correction to Telethon Table on Page 39

1985
19 & 20 Oct
2,818,837
1986
18 & 19 Oct
3,604,717
1987
31 Oct & 1 Nov
3,510,000
1988
29 & 30 Oct
3,604,717
1989
21 & 22 Oct
3,253,077

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