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1965 Rottnest Island OB ends in drama

Posted by ken On March - 28 - 2012

1965 Rottnest Island IPT OB Mike Humphry has kindly provided us with a flashback to 1965 when TVW was producing the popular tonight style variety show called “In Perth Tonight” (IPT). It was based on Graham Kennedy’s “In Melbourne Tonight” (IMT) which commenced in 1957, one year after television was launched in Australia. Both IMT […]

A Rock Mass For Love LP was recorded live during a TVW Channel 7 outside broadcast at St George’s Cathedral, Perth on 21st March 1971. The Director was Keith Mackenzie and 2 of the OB cameramen were Bob Finkle and Murray Kelso. It was one of the first Australian musical works of its kind, preceding […]

Please be watching TVW Channel 7 tonight at 8:30pm (Friday October 16th, 2009) for Seven’s 50th anniversary special titled “7 Perth The First 50 Years”. This fast moving, informative and entertaining special will bring back many fond memories of TVW in the early years. It will also be an education for the younger viewers who […]

Today’s Directors, starting out, don’t know how lucky they are with the modern “Tools” at their disposal. One of the original 3 inch black and white PYE cameras used on the Opening Night of TVW on October 16th, 1959 When I started Directing in 1967 the Black and White Cameras were equipped with a Turret […]

Luise Nelthorpe (nee Borsje) – Secretary

Posted by ken On October - 2 - 2009

From 1971 to 1976, Luise Borsje was the Secretary to TVW’s Chief Executive Officer Max Bostock, part of the production team and also involved in setting up the inaugural Xmas Pageant and Director Gerry Swift’s Assistant on “It’s Academic” with Jeff Newman. Luise kindly emailed this story of a period of high productivity at TVW […]

Gai MacLennan (nee Spillman) Channel 7 Dancer

Posted by ken On August - 29 - 2009

There are many instances where Channel Seven personalities and performers share a common thread. Many of the early TVW female presenters were either friends, went to the same school, lived in the same district or their parents were friends. The same situation existed with singers and dancers, from Dulcie Spillman or Shirley Halliday school of […]

Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) Channel 7 Dancer

Posted by ken On August - 26 - 2009

By Jan Boyd (nee Ladner) Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) When Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) joined the Channel 7 Dancers, she appeared on Club Seventeen, Miss West Coast final and The Tenderloin, which was the last show at the Capital Theatre, a show that the whole Club Seventeen cast were in, it was fantastic. Together with […]

Geoff Stewart’s TVW staff photo collection

Posted by ken On July - 28 - 2009

Geoff Stewart’s TVW staff photo collection Engineering 1995 – Presentation Demolition Crew This was taken on the evening (at about 4am) we move the old Presentation suite to a temporary location in video tapes ready to start the construction of the new Stereo Presentation. Left to right – Frank Gradisen, Allen Smith, Geoff Stewart, Graeme […]

Bob Hope Down Under – 1978 TV Special

Posted by ken On May - 18 - 2009

    Bob Hope at the Perth Entertainment Centre No doubt Bob Hope’s visit and recording of his TV special in Perth was just another of TVW7 very successful entrepreneurial efforts. Any overseas visiting star could easily make the eastern seaboard for a big entertainment show, but to get over to Perth and Western Australia for […]

Telethon, Christmas Pageant, Bob Hope and Miss Universe

Posted by ken On April - 22 - 2009

  Former Channel Seven CEO Max Bostock provides the following perspective on a number of TVW intiatives… In my production role at TVW, I had an involvement with many of the programs mentioned by others. However a few stand out in my memory. In 1968 a group of senior executives from Channel 7 Perth established […]


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