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Archive for August, 2011

The plight of ABC produced programs and staff

Posted by ken On August - 29 - 2011

Inquiry into recent ABC programming decisions Terms of Reference That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October 2011: The decision by the television management of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to significantly cut the number and amount of ABC-produced programs, jobs (including through forced redundancies) and potentially affect resources, as announced on August 2, 2011, with particular reference to:

the implications of this decision on the ABC’s ability to create, produce and own its television content, particularly in the capital cities of Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart; the implications of this decision on Australian film and television production in general and potential impact on quality and diversity of programs; whether a reduction in ABC-produced programs is contrary to the aims of the National Regional Program Initiative; the implications of these cuts on content ownership and intellectual property; the impact of the ABC’s decision to end internal production of Bananas in Pyjamas and to outsource the making of a ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ animation series to Southern Star Endemol Proprietary Limited; and the future potential implications of these cuts on ABC television’s capacity to broadcast state league football and rugby; and any other related matters.

Paul Lockyer, Gary Ticehurst and John Bean Valued journalists provide an important service that is often underestimated, for too often the foot in the door populist gossip monger has masqueraded as the face of the media. In contrast, there are the responsible reporters who keep us informed on matters of importance, rather than deal in […]

Saving our Cinema and Television Heritage

Posted by ken On August - 20 - 2011

It could be asked what priority does society give to preserving our heritage? For if it wasn’t for the advances in the past, there would be no building blocks for the future. Some one had to be the pioneers, to accept the challenges and forge ahead so that we now can benefit. How sad it […]

The Evolution of Television News and Presentation

Posted by ken On August - 14 - 2011

ABC-Library04.jpg TVW-7 News readers over the decades 1950’s Geoff Walker, David Farr, Lloyd Lawson and Phillip Edgely 1960’s David Farr, Lloyd Lawson, Gary Carvolth, Garry Meadows, Pam Leuba, Eric Walters, John Chalton, Bill Gill, Brien Thirley, Marcus Hale, David Low and Terry Willesee 1970’s Peter Waltham, Neil Watson, Russell Goodrick, Greg Pearce, David Ellery, Peter Newman, Rick Ardon and Terry Willesee 1980’s Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr, Jeff Newman, Yvette Mooney, Steve Taylor, Dick Tombs, Paula Voce, Reece Whitby and Jeff Newman 1990’s Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr and Yvette Mooney 2000’s Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr, Yvette Mooney, Sally Bowrey, Emmy Kubainski and Samantha Jolly ABW-2 News readers over the decades 1960’s James Fisher, Ian Beatty, Earl Reeve, Clive Hale, Peter Harrison, Jeff Jeffery, Michael Palmer, John Harper-Nelson and George Manning 1970’s Earl Reeve, David Hawkes, Peter Harrison, John Harper-Nelson, Peter Holland, Dave Ellery, Peter Newman, George Manning, Eion Cameron and Murray Jennings 1980’s David Hawkes, Peter Holland, Anne Conti, Robyn Johnson and Ruth Walker 1990’s Peter Holland, Deborah Knight and Deborah Kennedy 2000’s Deborah Kennedy, Tom Baddeley, Paul Lockyer, Alicia Gorey, Craig Smart and Karina Carvalho STW-9 News readers over the decades 1960’s Walter Pym (Opening Night), Alan Graham, Jeff Newman, Lloyd Lawson, Peter Dean and Trevor Sutton 1970’s Peter Barlow, Neil Watson, and Russell Goodrick 1980’s Greg Pearce, Russell Goodrick, Valerie Davies, Anne Conti and Peter Waltham 1990’s Peter Waltham, Christine Parker, Liam Bartlett, Mikayla Turner, Tina Altieri, Terry Willesee, Peter Holland and Tina Altieri 2000’s Peter Holland, Dixie Marshall, Sonia Vinci, Greg Pearce and Dixie Marshall NEW-10 News readers over the decades 1980’s Greg Pearce and Gina Pickering 1990’s Greg Pearce, Claudia Saenz, Rachel McNally, Mikayla Turner and Christina Morrissey 2000’s Greg Pearce and Christina Morrissey, Celina Edmonds, Ron Wilson, Tim Webster and Charmaine Dragun (via Sydney) 2008 Narelda Jacobs (moved back to Perth) 2011 Craig Smart and Narelda Jacobs WA Television News Origins and Evolution

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Postscript to Fat Cat

Posted by ken On August - 6 - 2011

Children’s television in Perth has had many memorable local presenters from Rolf Harris to Fat Cat. Even though the Cat was mute, he had plenty of character and was immensely popular. Some of the TVW children’s presenters over the years that come to mind include: Rolf Harris, Carolyn Noble, Gary Carvolth, Jan Bedford, Jim Atkinson, […]

Reg Whiteman (1929 – 2011) Fat Cat Tribute

Posted by ken On August - 1 - 2011

Reg Whiteman – the life and soul behind children’s favourite Fat Cat for several decades – died in Perth on Thursday July 28, 2011, aged 82. He had been in poor health for some time. Reg Whiteman – Fat Cat Tribute WA TV History Reg Whiteman (Born 3/8/1929 – Died 28/7/2011) Early in his career […]


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