General TV History

Good tribute but the show was axed ages ago.

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Shameless promotion for Windows 7 via a GO! ident, 2009:


Its a wonder that they haven’t tried the same thing with an ALDI logo (somehow).

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Don’t give them ideas!


Not sure if this is the right thread for this but definitely worth a watch

Jan Deane was the newsreader on ABC Goulburn Murray right up to last year.

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Bit of a blast from the past! Would love to see a 16:9 broadcast of Hendo if anyone has one floating around. Although I know this would be incredibly rare…


If my memory serves me correctly, he retired in 2001… Whilst digital TV started that in year, I think widescreen TV broadcasts didn’t arrive until 2003-04?

Henderson retired at the end of 2002. Digital was certainly in place (since 01.01.01) but some stations were lagging in converting production facilities to widescreen. Not sure if TCN was one of those although I recall that all the Nines were not necessarily operating with the most state of the art facilities. I vaguely recall reports stating that while Kerry Packer liked to throw money around at talent apparently he wasn’t as generous in upgrading the infrastructure.


I don’t know exactly when they upgraded, but judging by the snippets I’ve seen replayed in more recent years TCN were producing news bulletins in 16.9 as early as at least 2002:

If I’m not mistaken, it took the move to Martin Place for Seven News’ Sydney-based productions to be in widescreen. Not sure if they had the 1080i cameras as far back as 2004 (live graphics weren’t in HD until the 2010 relaunch) but if I’m not mistaken the only element they manage to get in HD before Nine News Sydney was live footage from those.

Things must’ve changed sometime in the last decade or so, because Nine seems to have the best HD infrastructure of all news services in Sydney (and to be fair, most other markets) these days.

Perhaps @blackbox might remember the transition, since he would’ve been working at TCN when they were undergoing major upgrades in 2009/10! :slight_smile:


Wow, great find @SydneyCityTV!

From the first screencap you posted I think it is clear that TCN9 was producing news in widescreen. Take a look at this comparison. First image is courtesy of yourself. Second image is a capture from sirmechie’s youtube video of his final broadcast.

EDIT: Just did a search on the National Film and Sound Archive Collection out of curiosity - to see what type of material is archived. Turns out that most of the National Nine News 2002 are saved on tape, though I would presume 16:9.



Possibly taped from the analogue channel?

If the Nine archives are anything to go by, most of their news and programming will be Betamax through to 2007 and potentially beyond. I did a week’s work experience at the archives in 2007, and they were still using Betamax for quality purposes. Considering the digitisation options which were available at the time, I don’t think that was necessarily a bad idea.


Over the weekend I visited the TV History Exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery, The Box in The Corner.

It was very good, lots of historic items. Here is a photo album:

Highly recommended, continues until 17th March.


And that digital storage (cost per GB) would have been very expensive at the time.

As the one who uploaded that video and recorded it onto videotape as it went to air originally, yes it was definitely off the old analogue service.

I can confirm that Nine Sydney have been producing in widescreen since January 2001. I can remember seeing digital TV being demonstrated in a retail shop in Sydney a few days after digital TV started showing the morning news bulletin. The studio shots and graphics were in widescreen, though most of the stories weren’t.


The National Film and Sound Archive were using digital Betacam up until about 2017 when they switched to XDCAM.

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That would be correct for QTQ as well as I’ve seen a few bits and pieces over the years in widescreen from 2001/2002. The news opener was upgraded to widescreen in August 2000 for TCN & QTQ and no doubt the cameras were also upgraded at that same time to widescreen.


Here is a very interesting find. Searching the NFSA archives for 16:9 Nine News content from 2001 I found this:


This is incredibly promising. 42GB for 1 hour of footage is unbelievable. This either implies that the footage is native HD or is SD but the bitrate is much higher than that of DVB-T.

Having said that, there is no way that one can request access to items of the archive for personal reasons. Certainly not to obtain and upload to YouTube, lol.


Today, 1985, marked the re-branding of Network 0-28 to SBS, broadcasting in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. The network was anticipating future expansion to other cities and regional areas and would not necessarily be using the 0 or 28 channels in those regions. The change to SBS also marked the commencement of daytime programming which initially appeared between 11am and 2pm weekdays, and World News moving to the new timeslot of 7.00pm.

But here is a sample of some Network 0-28 program promos from 1984:

YouTube: Oz TV VHS Nostalgia (note: low audio in this clip)