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NEW-10 and GWN Roll-Calls now available

Posted by ken On August - 25 - 2010

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The Golden West Network (GWN) began life as a group of smaller, independent stations – South West Telecasters won the license for Bunbury and Albany, being the development of nine prominent Bunbury businessmen and four prominent Western Australian companies.

BTW3 Bunbury launched 10 March 1967, TX at Mt Lennard (co-sited with ABC)
GSW9 Southern Agricultural (servicing Albany and Great Southern) launched 29 August 1968 TX at Mt Barker (co-sited with ABC)
GSW10 Southern Agricultural (servicing Albany blind spot) launched August 1974 - translator on Mt Clarence in Albany (via Mt Barker)
VEW8 Kalgoorlie plus VEW3 translator at Kambalda (Red Hill) started in November 1971,
GTW11 Geraldton launched in 1977

Jack Bendat and Kerry Stokes came to South West Telecasters (owner of BTW/GSW) in 1978/79 to gain control and change the company’s name to Golden West Network (information courtesy of Ian Stimson).

NEW Channel 10 Perth opened on Friday May 20, 1988. Former TVW co-founder Brian Treasure’s West Coast Telecasters, funded by Kerry Stokes and Jack Bendat, was the successful applicant, though the company was sold to Frank Lowy’s Northern Star Holdings before they went to air, as a result of a change in government policy. A number of key TVW management and staff were involved with the new channel. These included Bill McKenzie (Managing Director), Stuart Joynt (founding News Director), Marion Leyer (Director of Production) and Glenys Gill (Program Manager).

List of all identified present and former GWN staff.

List of all identified present and former NEW staff.

If you worked for the Golden West Network or NEW Channel 10 or any other Western Australian television station and wish to appear on the appropriate Roll-Call then please click on the button below to register your details now!

8 Responses to “NEW-10 and GWN Roll-Calls now available”

  1. Andrew says:

    Hi Ken. Is the 1974 date above correct for GSW9? I’ve got in the book Broadcasting In Australia (Australian Broadcasting Tribunal, 1991) that GSW9 (Southern Agricultural) launched 29 August 1967?

    Is 1974 the launch date of the local Albany translator (GSW10) perhaps?

  2. ken says:

    Hi Andrew, You’re not often wrong but I think you may be right again. Will check with Ian Stimson one of the original staff.

  3. ken says:

    Above data now corrected courtesy of Ian Stimson.

  4. Jeff says:

    I did tape the opening of NEW 10 .
    Hope its OK to provide this youtube link to it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzGc21SdBy4

  5. ianstimson says:

    Hi Andrew,
    GSW-9 Mt barker was Launched on 29 August 1968,it relayde the BTW 3 program
    of AIR from KENINE HILL receiving station,it was then sent to Mt Barker,
    via 7 gig 5 watt PYE microwave links where it was demodulated and fed into an Astor ch 9 transmitter,The antenna Polarisation is Vertical.
    The point of interest is Kenine Hill receiving station this was totally self contained it had 2 Lister hi speed deisal engines with alternators attached these were time clock controlled and would be run alternate days.
    The receiving antenna was a 40 foot dish mounted on the side of the microwave tower,a 6 element YAGI antenna was focussed onto the centre of this dish,this was called antenna no 1. fed into a Astor PVRX receiver seria no 001.
    Antenna no 2 was a 7 element Yagi looking at Mt Lennard Ch3 it was fed into a separate PVRX receiver # serial no 002 Both signals were fed into the link system and the techs at Mt Barker were able to switch between signals(To retransmit the best signal)
    GSW 10 was finally commisioned in1974 after a lot of local infighting.

  6. Andrew says:

    Thanks for your comments, Ian :-)

    What was the reason for the infighting over GSW10? And why was GSW10 needed? Shouldn’t GSW9 have been sufficient in Albany?

  7. Kendra says:

    I was wondering if anyone knows what the following callsigns stand for?
    BTW3 – Bunbury – I assume Bunbury Television WA, but am guessing
    GSW9 – Albany
    VEW8 – Kalgoorlie
    GTW11 – Geraldton
    Any assistance would be appreciated :)

  8. Kendra says:

    Thanks Ken, I’ve managed to obtain the info from Gus Slater and Gabrielle Ausden, for anyone else that may be interested….

    BTW3 Bunbury Television WA
    GSW9 Great Southern WA
    VEW8 ViEw Western Australia
    GTW11 Geraldton Telecasters WA

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