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Tribute to Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015)

Posted by ken On November - 5 - 2015

Tribute to Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015)     Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015) passed away peacefully on Tuesday 13th October, aged 90.     He was the founder of TVW Channel Seven in Perth, the first television station in Western Australia, which opened on Friday 16th October 1959.     A Eucharist to celebrate the life of Sir James […]

TVW Female Staff Uniform – Modesty Issues

Posted by ken On August - 4 - 2015

TVW Female Staff Uniform – Modesty Issues     Well before the bikini, the two or even one piece swimming suit there was a more stringent attitude to the morality of dress and how much skin could be shown in western society.     Morality or modesty seemed to also to be the issue during the early […]

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 6 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 11 - 2014


 Language of the Flowers Executive Producer Douglas Burton Writer Director Don Shepherd Narrator Vincent Price Photographed by Michael Baker Richard Malins Kipling Baker Douglas Burton Editor Alan Cox A TVW Enterprises and Shepherd Baker Studios co-production copyright 1981 WILDFLOWERS, WASPS, ORCHIDS, DOUG, JIM AND THE “LANGUAGE OF THE FLOWERS.” By Michael Baker 24/10/2014     […]

The Golden Years of TVW video presentation

Posted by ken On August - 27 - 2013

    A friendly gathering of television veterans and cinema folk was kindly hosted by the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) on Wednesday 21st of August, 2013. A 51 minute video covering the golden era of TVW was screened on this occasion. AMMPT President (WA) John Fuhrmann introduced the event     Gary Carvolth […]

“The Western Australian TV Pioneer and philanthropist Sir James Cruthers is the subject of the next AMMPT ‘inFocus’ presentation. On screen, we will see Sir James Cruthers himself, presenting anecdotes about key events from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. Other early TV personalities will add ‘behind the scenes’ stories to enrich the presentation. Sir […]

Bill McKenzie filled many key executive rolls at TVW and later become the first Managing Director of NEW-10 in Perth. 1959-1963 Joined TVW June 1959 and worked in Traffic, Programs & Publicity. 1963 Sydney Sales Manager TVW7 1964-1968 Film Manager TVW7 1968-1974 Assistant Station Manager TVW7 1974-1977 General Manager SAS 10 Adelaide 1978-1982 Group General […]

Chiefs, Indians and allegiances

Posted by ken On September - 28 - 2010

It’s interesting how allegiances can change with time. For example, Jim Cruthers’ licence application beat Rupert Murdoch’s Western Television bid to operate the first television station in WA, which was won by TVW Limited. Yet Cruthers became personal adviser to Rupert Murdoch on retiring as Chairman and Managing Director of TVW Enterprises in 1981. Sir […]

Tribute to Frank Moss 1920-2009

Posted by ken On December - 9 - 2009

▪ 1959-1976 Foundation Company Secretary ▪ 1976-1978 Executive Director, Finance and Administration Darcy Farrell points out that Frank Moss was an unsung hero of Channel Seven, and should be recognised for his humanitarian role with in the organisation. … It was always Frank Moss who had a sympathetic ear to people under stress, and his help and advice was a most significant part of the operation, keeping it going when other people were often too busy with the job demands.

TVW Reunion Photo courtesy of Kay Linton-Mann

Posted by ken On November - 1 - 2009

Just a belated note to thank the organisers for the wonderful reunion. You all worked so hard for such a long time apparently, and your efforts paid off handsomely. We all had such a great time, so nice to see friends from those happy days at TVW. Photo – myself, Carolyn Gould and Luise Borsje […]

TVW Corporate Function on Friday October 16, 2009

Posted by ken On October - 17 - 2009

Channel Seven extended an invitation to all staff, former management, clients, VIPs and the TVW Reunion Committee to commemorate the golden anniversary of television in Western Australia. The venue was Central Park in the heart of the city of Perth. Guests walked the red carpet to a lavish cocktail party with a colourful floorshow and […]


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