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To explain: Brian gathered our best on and off-camera talent together (David Farr I recall, was the male lead) he then designed a set larger than anything that had ever been devised before—complete with a running stream, weeping willows, wild flowers, a boat (avec oars) and a leading lady (whose name escapes me) and appropriate English garden-type music, to complete this idyllic scene of David rowing his paramour to goodness-knows-where..

… Uncle Albert’s few friends congratulated him on the commercial—but he got no new business, and the best salesmanship involved was after the event when I had to convince BST that even though we were in breach of Broadcasting standards by running an almost four minute commercial, the vision was such as to justify it being considered as Australian progam content if we were asked to explain…

Vic Kitney Tribute

Posted by ken On December - 1 - 2011

Vic Kitney Tribute June Holmes sadly reported the passing of Vic Kitney, who for those working at STW9 in the 1960s, will remember as the station’s first Chief Engineer, from before the station was built and opened in 1965 until 1968. Cedric Woods with Vic Kitney at the TVW 50th anniversary in October 2009 Vic […]

The end of Local TV… or is it?

Posted by ken On November - 24 - 2011

The end of Local TV… or is it? At a recent gathering of folk involved in the media, former TVW Managing Director Kevin Campbell detailed the desirable affects of an intensely-local television format, which proved most successful in Canada. Former TVW Managing Director Kevin Campbell This is the Citytv concept. Kevin also outlined his funding […]

Notion of a 7-2-9-10 Club

Posted by ken On October - 29 - 2011

Notion of a 7-2-9-10 Club Terry Spence, Earl Reeve, Peter Goodall, Peter Harries and Brian Williams plan for the 729 Television Reunion at the Italian Club in 2006 The 729 Club was once patronised by members of the Sydney radio, television and advertising industry. It was located in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards during […]

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 […]

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, […]

TVW in the 1980’s

Posted by ken On July - 7 - 2011

In 1982, Richard Ashton wrote an produced a 19 minute video tour of Channel Seven, which is presented by Peter Dean. Behind the Scenes at TVW Channel 7 in the 1980’s WA TV History Peter Dean takes us through a tour of TVW Channel 7 in Perth, Western Australia, when it was still an autonomous […]

May 16th is Coralie Condon’s birthday

Posted by ken On May - 14 - 2011

“The first lady of Western Australian television” deserves that honour on so many levels. Not only is Coralie the grande dame of WA theatre, being a playwright, composer, actor, producer and director of not only stage productions, but also kick started local television production in WA. Coralie Condon “The first lady of Western Australian television” […]

The Seven Logo Hunt

Posted by ken On September - 27 - 2010

Andrew Bayley of TELEVISIONAU (http://www.televisionau.com) posed a question regarding a TV Week article from 1973 showing the Number 96 star Abigail, on a visit to Perth. Andrew was curious as the T-shirt she was wearing was emblazoned with the Circle 7 logo. A logo Andrew was familiar with in the eastern states, but not aware […]

Preservation of our Television Heritage

Posted by ken On September - 27 - 2010

TVW veterans Richard Ashton and Gordon McColl joined Professor Mark Balnaves of Curtin University, on Friday 17th September, 2010, for lunch to discuss TVW’s origins and history. Professor Balnaves and Professor Tom O’Regan (University of Queensland) are writing a biography on Sir James Cruthers, TVW’s inaugural general manager and co-founder with Brian Treasure. In the […]


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