Monday, 27 August 2007

Do we need SBS?

The Sydney Morning Herald has published an opinion piece by Paul Sheehan pondering the issue, do we need SBS?

Mr Sheehan is of the opinion that SBS, created at a time when there was little alternative media available, and which continues to cost taxpayers many millions of dollars a year for something that is only watched by around 4 per cent of the population, has now been made obsolete by the plethora of specialist news, sport and entertainment channels now available by other media such as pay-TV. A nice idea, for those that have or can afford pay television.

For the rest of us without pay-TV - and at this point that still makes up the vast majority of households in Australia - does SBS still have a valid place in society as an alternative to ABC and commercial free-to-air television? Or should the government, as Mr Sheehan suggests, disband SBS and sell of its valueable broadcast spectrum to the highest bidder?

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Do you know... ??

I received an email from an overseas visitor to the website asking the following:

"My question, and I hope you can point me in the right direction for further research if you don't know the answer, is this: There was a short run musical mini-series on, probably in late '76 - I think it was on 0-10, but who knows. 6 hour long episodes, about three women, who form a band, are discovered, and eventually bought out by evil corporate management -losing their artistic freedom, trashing their ideals, et al. But I liked it because it was actually quite a bit like what happened in the industry - at least as far as it could be distilled into 6 hours on the smallscreen. Any idea what the name of the series was? Thanks much."
So if anyone knows the answer, feel free to respond via the Comments link

TelevisionAU Website Update 5-Aug-07

A reunion of familiar Melbourne television identities from the 1960s on the set of Tonight With Bert Newton in 1984. Pictured with Bert Newton (centre) are Ken Delo and Jonathan Daly - a popular American night club act that came to Australia in the early 1960s and were subsequently offered their own late night TV program, The Delo And Daly Show, for the Seven Network in competition with GTV9's In Melbourne Tonight, featuring Newton. (Pictures: TV Week, 2 June 1984)

Melbourne (1973, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1988)
Victoria (1969, 1976)
Sydney (1981)
Brisbane (1974, 1989)
Western Australia (1975, 1980)