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Jeff Newman to Retire

Posted by ken On July - 3 - 2009

He then launched into prominence on Seven presenting the the popular school quiz program, “It’s Academic”, which ran for ten years from 1969 to 1979, and then revived in 2001 for another four years, once again with Jeff as Executive Producer and compere, until the show was taken east, where it is now presented by Simon Reeve. He also hosted and produced Perth’s New Faces, a series of Letterbox, Reach for the Stars and many national beauty pageant shows, and over the past four decades has been the face of TVW’s annual 24-hour fundraising event, earning him the title of “Mr.

The origins of the TVW Channel 7 Newsroom – Part 1

Posted by ken On July - 2 - 2009

The origins of the TVW Channel 7 Newsroom with Darcy Farrell – TVW’s first News Editor Let’s start by referring to the technology. Ken has just given me this microphone to clip on, and if we go back to the use of the Auricon 16mm camera, in the first days at Channel Seven, you had […]

Steve Thompson Collection

Posted by ken On May - 21 - 2009

Being a still photograher gave Steve the opportunity to capture the on-air antics and publicity shorts of various personalities. … Dawn Lake’s most enduring character was Ethel, here shown reliving her popular Country Cousins sketch with Stuart standing in for the deadpan John Maras, as Ethel in her cardy and headscarf, urging her mute cousin Mary with her catchphrase, "You tell ‘em, luv!

Peter Goodall demonstrates News Film equipment

Posted by ken On April - 11 - 2009

Veteran cine cameraman Peter Goodall demonstrates a range of early cameras from an era when film was the prime visual source of television news coverage. As videotape equipment and electronic cameras became smaller, film was displaced by the new medium, which required no processing. The early 16mm black and white film was shot on reversal […]

Bob Cribb Tribute

Posted by ken On March - 29 - 2009

The following is the eulogy that Darcy Farrell (TVW’s first News Editor) gave at Bob Cribb’s funeral on December 5th, 2008. Darcy believes that in the overall TVW7 story Bob should be remembered as a valuable pioneer who, more than anything, was a colourful character. Bob Cribb I spoke to Bob just a couple of […]


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