Tuesday, 25 October 2011

1991: October 19-25

tvweek_191091 Wandin Valley party
The Seven Network’s A Country Practice turns ten years old next month.  The planned celebration for cast, crew and media is to be held later this month in Sydney – but for three cast members it will also be a farewell party.  Gordon Piper, Syd Heylen and Matt Day are leaving the series, to be followed in the new year by Georgie Parker and John Tarrant.  But one cast member who has been there since day one is Shane Porteous (pictured, with Parker), who recalls a discussion early in the show’s run about its chances of lasting ten years.  “We talked about it, but quickly woke up to ourselves!” he says.  “The most amazing thing about celebrating 10 years is there are kids now in high school who cannot remember A Country Practice not being on TV!  It’s a feather in the cap of the formula.” 

andrewclarke_0001 Skipping back!
TV Week
has visited the set of The New Adventures Of Skippy, the Nineties remake of the 1960s classic.  The series, being made at the Habitat Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast, stars Andrew Clarke (pictured), Fiona Shannon, Moya O’Sullivan, Kate McNeil, Simon James… and a new Skippy, although unlike the original this one does all her own stunts – no close-ups of fake stick-like paws that do anything from starting lawnmowers to cracking bank safes.  The New Adventures Of Skippy has already been pre-sold to the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.

Mummy dearest!
Production is underway on the fifth season of the ABC’s Mother And Son – and Ruth Cracknell is having a great time playing geriatric Maggie Beare.  “Never will I think twice about playing Maggie,” she told TV Week.  “Maggie is a character you slip back into pretty quickly.  The thing that makes the show a success is that you get a crowd around you while you’re filming – people who are just as rapt in the show.  They all come – it’s most extraordinary.  That level of interest will always be there as long as the scripts are kept to the standard they are now.”  One of the guest stars to feature in the latest series is former A Country Practice and E Street star Joan Sydney, who joins Maggie for a spot of gambling at the races.  “They have a wonderful day together and get stuck into the champagne,” says Cracknell.

Production is due to start in the new year on a third series of ABC’s Embassy, although this time around there will be a number of cast members missing.  Bryan Marshall, Nina Landis and Janet Andrewartha will not be appearing in the new episodes as producers give the show “a new direction”.

Former Home And Away and Hampton Court star Adam Willits has spoken of being “bashed” by British police when it was suspected he was breaking into the hotel he was staying at while on tour for the Home And Away musical.  “I couldn’t understand why they wanted to arrest me when I had the key in my hand.  They tried to cuff me and I resisted.  The police thought that the only way to get me in cuffs was to give me a few thwacks around the head,” he said.  “I never touched them.  I only tried to resist them putting the handcuffs on me.”  He was later released without being charged.   

camerondaddoalisonbrahe Actor Cameron Daddo and fiancee Alison Brahe (pictured) have set a date for their wedding.  Engaged earlier this year, the pair are set to marry before Christmas.  They are currently living in Melbourne, where Daddo is working on the spin-off series from the Bony telemovie.  Model Brahe is set to start work soon on a new children’s show, Guess What?, to be produced for the Nine Network.

John Laws says…
”Did you notice that the sky hasn’t fallen in at SBS?  Did you notice the network hasn’t lost its credibility?  Did you notice that the SBS range of programs remains as diversified as ever?  I say this because it’s some months now since SBS began screening advertisements and we can all recall the prophets of doom who were predicting that SBS as we know it would be besmirched and changed forever – for the worst – if it accepted advertising.  The predictions, of course, were nonsense.  Advertising has been accepted into the SBS format with absolutely no problems.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 19-25):
Saturday:  ABC
presents live coverage of the First Quarter-Final and Second Quarter-Final of the Rugby World Cup

Sunday:  Ten crosses to the Gold Coast for the Uncle Toby’s Ironman Super Series, while Nine crosses to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.  Sunday night movies are A View To A Kill (Seven), Ghostbusters II (Nine) and Dragnet (Ten).

Monday:  In A Country Practice (Seven), the strange behaviour of Matron Prior’s (Maureen Edwards) son conceals a mystery, and plumbers apprentice Grant Frazer (Rob Carlton) hides a personal problem – until it’s almost too late.  In Col’n Carpenter (Ten), Colin (Kim Gyngell) starts to doubt his own sanity and agrees to see a psychiatrist.

Tuesday:  In Chances (Nine), Alex’s (Jeremy Sims) loyalty and love for Paris (Annie Jones) is tested when her father makes an offer that Alex may not be able to refuse.  In Beyond 2000 (Seven), Maxine Gray reports on a drug which, when administered to addicts, triggers massive, rapid withdrawal that leaves their bodies opiate free.

Wednesday: In Hey Dad! (Seven), it’s council clean up day and Martin (Robert Hughes) rouses the troops to do their bit.

Thursday:  Test cricketer Merv Hughes makes a guest appearance in The Flying Doctors (Nine) as the Coopers Crossing Crusaders take on the Broken Hill Brumbies.

Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide.  19 October 1991.  Southdown Press

Monday, 24 October 2011

1991: October 12-18

tvweek_121091 Cover (Top Right): Richard Huggett, Rachel Blakeley (Neighbours); (Bottom Right): Nicolle Dickson, Ryan Clarke, Ross Newton (Home And Away); (Near Right): ‘Ferret’ (Alan Pentland), Alyce Platt (Fast Forward).

The Great Jason and (the other) Kylie Show!
It doesn’t happen often, but television network rivalry is to be put aside for a special to screen on the Nine Network later this year to commemorate 35 years of television.  The three-hour production is set to feature a cast of famous faces – including Jason Donovan, Kylie Mole (Maryanne Fahey), Mike Willesee, Bert Newton, Olivia Newton-John, Jana Wendt, Ron Casey, Max Walker and Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum – each presenting a segment on a different genre.  Graham Kennedy and Ray Martin are also to appear in the program.  “It’s the first time that it’s a celebration of all TV,” producer David Lyle told TV Week.  “For the first time, Ten, Nine, Seven, ABC, SBS, all the production companies except one, and the overseas distribution companies are involved.  The amount of material is mind-boggling.  That’s part of the problem.  Three hours isn’t enough.  We’re steering clear of the well-worn clips to get something new.”

nataliemccurry ‘I’m sorry to lose good actors, but…’
Brendon Lunney
, the executive producer of the Nine Network series Chances, has defended moves to trim the show’s cast numbers down from 17 to six as the network trims the show’s output to one hour a week.  “It was a painful decision to change the focus of a show midstream,” he told TV Week.  “I’m sorry to lose good actors, but bringing the show down to an hour is a difficult and very painful process.  It’s all part of making Chances stronger and focussing more on individuals.”  The series is also set to continue to feature its trademark nude scenes, although one of the show’s stars, Natalie McCurry (pictured), is leaving the show after refusing to sign a frontal nudity clause.

janawendt_1988 Stone set to take on Jana… or 60 Minutes?
Details are slowly emerging of the new Gerald Stone project being developed for the Seven Network.  The former 60 Minutes executive producer is reported to be developing a new current affairs program – but speculation continues as to whether the show will tackle A Current Affair (with Jana Wendt, pictured), or whether it will adopt a weekly one-hour format similar to that of 60 Minutes.  Seven does have a dilemma in that a nightly half-hour format would likely dump the long-running Hinch program which has been recently out-rating Neighbours and Sale Of The Century in its timeslot.  In the meantime, Four Corners reporter Neil Mercer is set to join the new program, and ABC newsreader Edwina Gatenby has also been recruited.

colncarpenter The new series of ten episodes of Col’n Carpenter (Ten) sees Col’n (Kim Gyngell) without his two housemates – Linda (Kaarin Fairfax) and Michael (Stig Wemyss) – and living on his own.  “He’s quite different now and that was important to follow through.  The next obvious step was for Col’n to start surviving on his own,” Gyngell told TV Week.  The series return also sees Col’n re-united with his long-lost brother Peter – although he’s now a shapely female, Peta!  “The transsexual storyline was mooted 18 months ago, but it was knocked on the head because it worried management,” Gyngell said.  “Now, because the show has survived so long, the network has started to trust us a bit more.”

It’s an unusual match-up in Fast Forward, with moccasin-clad skinhead Ferret (Alan Pentland) dumping girlfriend Michelle (Magda Szubanski) when he wins a weekend away with Alyce Platt at Hamilton Island.  But a bust-up emerges when Michelle arrives at the island.  “It’s something I’ll be able to tell the grandchildren.  I was head-butted by Alyce Platt,” Szubanski told TV Week.

today The Nine Network’s Today is moving out of the studio for a week as the team embark on a train tour around New South Wales.  Hosts Steve Liebmann and Elizabeth Hayes will start in Broken Hill and will stop off at towns including Dubbo, Orange, Cootamundra, Goulburn and Bombo.  “Bombo is a quaint little station on the coast, south of Wollongong,” producer Steve Wood said.  “I thought it would be a nice place to end the week.”

Chances star Cathy Godbold has just taped her final scenes with the series but has walked straight into a guest role in Home And Away.  She will play Meg Bowman, a young girl dying of leukaemia.  The role of Meg’s mother, originally to be played by Rowena Wallace, will now be played by Debbie Byrne.

John Laws says…
”The sign of a good TV interviewer, especially one who handles politics, is that he or she maintains a high professional standard, not just in one or two interviews but in many interviews over the years.  Only a handful of such interviewers have emerged in television in the past decade or so.  It takes a bit of character to stay the course and keep intact your integrity as well as the fire in the belly.  The 7.30 Report’s Paul Lyneham is one interviewer and political commentator who can lay claim to both.  Lyneham is not one of ABC’s high-profile personalities.  You don’t see him popping up in the women’s magazines or showing Don Burke his backyard and you never read stories about him threatening to quit or being tempted with massive commercial TV offers.  No, he is a dependable character who seems quite at home at the ABC, doing his job in a thoroughly professional manner.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 12-18):
Saturday:  Nine
crosses to the Gabba, Brisbane, for FAI Cup cricket between Queensland and Victoria.  Ten presents live coverage of the Australian Drivers’ Championship from Eastern Creek Raceway – and ABC presents highlights of Rugby World Cup games, including the match between Australia and Western Samoa.  Actor Nick Giannopoulos, pop star Collette and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel are contestants on Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune (Seven).

Sunday:  Nine presents FAI Cup matches live from the Gabba, Brisbane, and from Adelaide.  Sunday night movies are She’s Out Of Control (Seven), The Fabulous Baker Boys (Nine) and The Delinquents (Ten).  Seven then crosses live to London for the match between West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn in the Fosters International Cup.

Monday:  There are shocks in A Country Practice (Seven) when the body of Laurie Brown (Bob Newman) is found in the National Park.  Sgt Frank Gilroy (Brian Wenzel) suspects unemployed Colin Scott (Shane Connor) of murder.  Dennis Miller guest stars in Col’n Carpenter (Ten).

Tuesday:  In Chances (Nine), Connie (Deborah Kennedy) meets a 16-year-old Italian who is infatuated with her and he persuades the entire family to move to Italy with him.  In Beyond 2000 (Seven), Dr John D’Arcy reports on the enviro-friendly potato cup, which is totally bio-degradable, extremely cost effective and tastes great.

Wednesday:  ABC presents Geoffrey Robertson’s Trials Of Oz, a 90-minute dramatisation of the controversial 1971 obscenity trial surrounding the publication of the satirical Oz magazine – starring Peter O’Brien with Hugh Grant, Nigel Hawthorne, Simon Callow and Leslie Phillips.

Friday:  In Neighbours (Ten), thieves in Ramsay Street cause trouble for Brad (Scott Michaelson). 

Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide.  12 October 1991.  Southdown Press

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Analogue shutdown rolls out to NSW, ACT

digitalready The phasing out of analogue television transmissions continues with the announcement by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy that regions in Southern and Central NSW and the Australian Capital Territory are scheduled to have analogue transmissions switched off on 5 June 2012.

The switch-off will affect local transmissions of ABC, Prime (CBN), WIN, Southern Cross Ten (CTC) and SBS in the Southern NSW markets of Central Tablelands (Orange), Central Western Slopes (Dubbo), South West Slopes and Eastern Riverina (Wagga Wagga), Illawarra and the South Coast (Wollongong) and Canberra.  The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (Griffith) which is separate to the Southern NSW aggregated market and is served by ABC, WIN (MTN/AMN) and SBS, will also be affected.

The total area covers a population of around 1,436,800 viewers.

With Canberra included in this stage of the switch-off, it becomes the first capital city in Australia to lose analogue television broadcasts.

According to the latest Digital Tracker survey 83 per cent of households in the affected areas have already converted at least their main television set to digital, while 97 per cent of households are aware of the pending full conversion to digital television.

Viewers in the affected areas that do not have a digital signal equivalent to their existing analogue service six months before the analogue shutdown may be eligible for access to the VAST satellite system which will provide access to the full range of digital channels.

The Government also has other measures in place to assist eligible households in making the transition – details can be obtained from the Digital Ready website.

Meanwhile, viewers in regional Queensland are now approaching their analogue switch-off date – 6 December.

Analogue transmissions have already been switched off in regional Victoria (including Mildura/Sunraysia) and regional South Australia (including Broken Hill, NSW). 

Source: DBCDE

Time’s up for 6.30

georgenegus_0003 The Ten Network has pulled the pin on its current affairs flagship 6.30 With George Negus.

Perceiving some public frustration with the often-tacky, high-rotation style of journalism employed by long-running programs Today Tonight and A Current Affair, Ten last year hired veteran journalist George Negus to front the new show that promised a more substantial style of reporting.  Also signed up for the program were reporters Hamish Macdonald and Hugh Riminton.

6PM With George Negus was launched in January to a modest public response – attracting 606,000 viewers across the five cities on its first night – but failed to maintain any sort of positive ratings momentum and its figures would continue to fall.  A timeslot and name change to 6.30 failed to make any significant gains against the Seven and Nine network giants and even at times struggled to keep above the ratings of Neighbours, the program that it replaced that had been shifted to digital channel Eleven.

Last night 6.30 With George Negus was watched by 340,000 viewers compared to A Current Affair’s 875,000 and Today Tonight’s 1,143,000.  Neighbours on Eleven was watched by 295,000.

The final edition of 6.30 With George Negus goes to air on 28 October.  Starting the following Monday will be an expanded one-hour format for The 7PM Project – now to start at 6.30pm and be re-named The Project.

Negus will continue to work in an advisory role with Ten’s news and current affairs programs and will return to his former role as a regular panelist on The Project.

In a media statement released today Negus said:

“Working on 6.30 has been incredibly fulfilling. From reporters to production crew, we have worked together to bring viewers a high quality, soil-breaking program and some of the year’s biggest stories and interviews. We are immensely proud of all we have achieved. The truth is that unfortunately a program like 6.30 was ahead of its time, but who knows about the future?”

“Though sadly 6.30 has come to an end, I’m looking forward to getting back with my mates at The Project. They’ve also broken new ground with their irreverent approach to what’s going on around us, it’s my kind of tongue-in-cheek program.”

The cancellation of 6.30 With George Negus comes after the recent axing of Ten Late News and the stand-alone edition of Sports Tonight.  The network has also axed its long-running music program Video Hits and walked away from any further commitment to broadcasting AFL.

Ten has a new CEO, James Warburton, and News Director, Anthony Flannery, starting in the new year.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

1991: October 5-11

tvweek_051091 ‘It’s a fair dinkum suburban wedding’
There was some angst among the residents of Neighbours’ Ramsay Street when it was announced that Melanie (Lucinda Cowden) and Joe (Mark Little) were to walk down the aisle.  Their main concern… what would the ‘dippy’ Melanie – who is known for her ‘unusual’ dress sense – wear?  Even the groom expressed some concern at his bride’s choice of gown.  “Let’s face it, she is the sort of character who could turn up in a tutu and tap-dance down the aisle,” Cowden told TV Week.  But to the relief of all, including the actress who plays her, madcap Melanie ends up walking down the aisle in a traditional full-length gown and veil.  “I was really pleased with the traditional dress.  I didn’t want to look like one of those dolls that has a toilet roll under her dress,” she said.

‘I’d be kicking his door in!’
The arrival of former 60 Minutes producer Gerald Stone to the Seven Network has sparked all sorts of speculation and rumour about changes to the network’s lineup – a possible change of timeslot for Home And Away to 7.00pm which would bump Derryn Hinch to 6.30pm, up against A Current Affair?  Or will a new current affairs show take the earlier timeslot?  Will he sign up former 60 Minutes reporter and Midday host Ray Martin?  Or even George Negus?  But Hinch, who recently celebrated 1000 shows at Seven, says he is contracted to the network until July and is not concerned about Stone’s arrival or any appointments he might be planning.  “I’ve talked to him since he came on board,” Hinch told TV Week.  “I’ve said publicly before I’d like to get Ray Martin here.  I’d like to get George Negus over here.  I think George Negus is wasted.  Ray is wasted there (at Nine) now.  If I was packaging a program, I’d be kicking his door in.” 

richardmorecroft Hello, possum!
’s new 20-part documentary series Wildscreen promises everything from giant octopuses and amorous snails, to cheeky cockatoos and unpredictable camels.  The series is being produced by ABC’s natural history unit, headed by executive producer Dione Gilmour.  “The programs are beautifully shot and very interesting, but they’re also very quirky.  They don’t take themselves too seriously as some other documentaries,” she told TV Week.  “There’s a fair bit of humour there.  It’s good entertainment for the whole family.”  The first episode of the series, Hello Possums, is written and presented by ABC’s Sydney newsreader Richard Morecroft (pictured), whom Gilmour says is “passionate” about Australia’s natural history.  The ABC has already given the go-ahead for a second series.

Mike Walsh
, the former king of daytime TV, is not missing television one bit as he launches his latest project – the new Hayden Room cabaret venue at his art deco Orpheum Theatre in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne.  The cabaret room has a look of the Thirties with pastel tones, ornate swirls, mirrors and art deco lights.  Launching the venue is Wherefore Art Thou Cabaret?, starring Tony Sheldon and Maria Mercedes.

colleenhewett Former 1970s TV Week Queen Of Pop Colleen Hewett (pictured) is these days struggling to win a recording deal.  But the former chart topper, with hits including Day By Day, Gigolo and Wind Beneath My Wings, now prefers to talk about acting.  Former stage roles in Godspell and Pippin have been more recently followed by a role in mini-series Shadows Of The Heart and a guest appearance this week in The Flying Doctors.  She is keen to consider an ongoing acting role as a change from working the cabaret circuit.

“The Australian music industry has really come of age,” Molly Meldrum said at the launch of the Australian Music Awards.  “The industry badly needs something like this, not only for the music fans to have their say, but also to recognise the different styles of music, things like dance and alternative acts.”  The AMAs will be held at Melbourne’s Congress Centre in November – sponsored by Coca-Cola in association with TV Week – and will be broadcast on Network Ten.

Garry Shelley’s Sound Off
Hits and Memories, on Seven this week, is reminiscent of Bandstand days as Glenn Shorrock and his talented young team – including Tina Arena, Miguel Ayesa, Johnny Nieshche, Carlotta Chadwick and Lara Mulcahy – take us back to a time when music was fun and you could even understand the lyrics.  The show – a pilot for a proposed series – has one main aim and that’s to encourage new talent.  What better reason then to go into a series!”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 5-11):
  Actors Gus Mercurio and Kaarin Fairfax are guest judges on this week’s That’s Dancin’ (ABC).  Richard Marx, Jimmy Barnes and Tommy Emmanuel are guest performers this week on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Nine) – while Nicolle Dickson, Dennis Lillee and John Waters are contestants on Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune (Seven).

Sunday:  Seven crosses to Mt Panorama, near Bathurst, for ten hours of coverage of the Tooheys 1000 with commentators Sandy Roberts, Mike Raymond, Garry Wilkinson, Richard Hay, Neil Crompton and Mark OastlerTen presents live coverage of the final of the Australian Indoor Championship tennis from the Sydney Entertainment Centre.  Sunday night movies are The Package (Seven), Chances Are (Nine) and Harry And The Hendersons (Ten).

Monday:  In the series return of Col’n Carpenter (Ten), a telegram arrives announcing a visit from Colin’s (Kim Gyngell) estranged brother, Peter (Dale Stevens).

Tuesday:  In GP (ABC), Robert (John McTernan) is accused of sexual misconduct after volunteering to help a young British tourist.  In Beyond 2000 (Seven), Simon Reeve reports on how the Spanish dung beetle could help control bush flies in Australia.

Wednesday:  ABC presents the one-hour documentary The Wonderful World Of Dogs – a humorous look at the relationship between humans and dogs, the dogs’ daily lives and the less savoury aspects of their behaviour.  Later in the evening ABC presents live coverage from Wales of the Rugby World Cup match between Australia and West Samoa.

Thursday:  In The Flying Doctors (Nine), Geoff Standish (Robert Grubb) and Jackie Crane (Nikki Coghill) get caught up in a wrangle involving Coopers Crossing’s first bigamist.

Friday:  SBS presents the documentary Hope For The World’s Children, hosted by Mary Kostakidis and co-produced with World Vision. 

Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide.  5 October 1991.  Southdown Press

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Ten News gets a new boss

anthonyflannery The Ten Network has announced the appointment of Anthony Flannery to head its News and Current Affairs division, effective in the new year.

He replaces Dermot O’Brien, who had been in the role since Jim Carroll stepped down earlier this year.  O’Brien now takes on the role of network editorial manager and continues as Ten’s Melbourne news director.

Flannery is currently the head of News and Current Affairs for the New Zealand national broadcaster, TVNZ, but had previously worked at the Nine Network on A Current Affair, Today and Nine News.

In his new role at Ten, Flannery will be reporting directly to new chief executive officer James Warburton, who also joins the network in January.

The News and Current Affairs portfolio will no doubt give its new boss some challenges as it has taken some battering this year.  Starting confidently back in January with its new 6PM With George Negus and Ten Evening News, lack lustre ratings saw the Negus program moved to 6.30pm, the 5.00pm weeknight newscast expanded to 90 minutes, and the hastily-reinstated 5.00pm news bulletin on weekends.  All have continued to receive ordinary ratings numbers.

The Late News has recently been axed after twenty years on air and the weekend newscast has adopted a national 90-minute format, which debuted to poor ratings last Sunday.

Melbourne newsreader George Donikian has resigned after twenty years with the network, and Ten is also set to farewell veteran newsreader Ron Wilson – after more than three decades with Ten – when his contract expires later this year.  Newsreader Deborah Knight has also been moved from her role as co-presenter of the 5.00pm newscast in Sydney.

The News department was also subjected to staff redundancies as Ten undertook a strategic review of its entire operation.

However, on a slightly more positive note, a new breakfast show is set to debut early next year to take on ratings giants Today and Sunrise.  The show is to be presented by Dr Andrew Rochford – a contributor to The 7PM Project and currently a Sydney breakfast radio presenter – and a female presenter to be appointed.

Source: The Australian, The Australian

Sunday, 2 October 2011

50 year reunion for GMV6

gmv6_studio It is almost fifty years since the launch of Shepparton television station GMV6.  The channel made its official debut on Saturday, 23 December 1961 – only two weeks after the launch of Australia’s first regional television station, GLV10 Gippsland, and on the same day as another station, BCV8 Bendigo.

GMV6’s opening night kicked off at 6.00pm with Personalities Parade, a 15-minute segment featuring some of the channel’s new stars including local presenters Nancy Cato (who went on to national fame as the presenter of The Magic Circle Club and Adventure Island) and Jim Lilburne and national stars Bobby Limb and Dawn Lake.

gmv6_1960s US shows Robin Hood, Father Knows Best and Sea Hunt occupied the next couple of hours along with the channel’s first news bulletin before the station was officially opened just after 8.00pm by Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen.

The opening night entertainment continued with the BP Super Show, the movie Random Harvest and then a late news update before the epilogue and sign-off for the night.

gmv6_1980sAt the time of its launch GMV6 had a staff of 19 and broadcast for around 32 hours a week.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the station a staff reunion is being planned for any employees of the channel between 1961 and 1989 – when GMV6’s local call-sign, identity and production was being phased out to become part of the VIC TV network, based in Ballarat, in the lead up to the aggregation of regional television markets in Victoria in 1992.

victvIn October 1994, VIC TV was bought out by the NSW-based WIN television network.  Last year WIN vacated the building premises – in Wyndham Street, Shepparton – that had housed WIN and its predecessors since 1961.  A few months ago the building was demolished and a new digital broadcast facility for the network will be built on the site.

The reunion dinner will be held at the Shepparton RSL on Saturday, 5 November and will be compered by former GMV6 personalities Chris Eddy and Jan Deane.  The night will also include a display of memorabilia and video presentations.  There will also be lunch available at the same venue the following day, enabling attendees another chance to see the displays and to catch up with former colleagues.

Any former GMV employees interested in more information or to make bookings for the dinner event – cost is $40 per head which covers Registration, a two-course meal and tea/coffee – are invited to contact the GMV reunion organisers via gmvreunion@gmail.com

Following is the WIN News story from 2010 when WIN moved out of the original GMV6 premises…

… and GMV6’s 25th anniversary special that went to air in December 1986:

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