By Michael Roberts, Nick Place
An exploration of television year-by-year from 1956, reporting in time-capsule mode on celebrities and exhibits as they occurred, from chuffed Hammond and Skippy to the stay telecast of the terrorist assault on New York's international exchange Centre.
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40 pm every Friday evening, starting in mid-November. Seven also launched the ambitious Wedding Day, where, in the opening show, radio personality John Stuart, with actor Carl Bleazby acting as master of ceremonies, interviewed newly-weds George and Diane Footit, who then took part in a quasi-reception and contested for prizes, such as a portable radio or a knitting machine. The show ended with the couple, having changed into ‘going away’ clothes, being waved goodbye as they departed on their honeymoon.
30 pm on TCN-9 on 16 September 1956. He had enough sense of theatre to secretly recreate the moment three years later, when there was a way of filming it for history, but the real thing was transmitted to a few thousand television sets around Sydney, and then disappeared into the ether. An early Channel 7 Outside Broadcast (OB) van. If we could see that historic moment, the first thing we might wonder is why it’s shot at such a strange angle. That was because the Nine studios were still under construction (these were only the beginning of regular, freely available test transmissions – the official launch of the station was still more than a month away) and were not ready for the big night, so Gyngell was forced to deliver his line from an engineering storeroom so small the massive camera could barely fit inside the door.
I actually broke down. I howled. I was approaching middle age, and I was pretty tough because I had been in radio for a hell of a long time, but I sat in the MCG stand, in the new stand, and shed tears because … just because of the pressure. It was enormous pressure. Nobody had taught me, because I hadn’t been overseas. ’ Once the cameras started rolling, Potter became a legend for simply creating his own rules and, in the process, accidentally-on-purpose creating an entirely original Australian way of covering sport.