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)
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).