On This Day

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December 5, 2003 - Ross Symonds and Ann Sanders present Seven News Sydney together for the final time before being replaced by Ian Ross the following Monday.

Adam Digby also finished up with Seven that night, leaving Mark Beretta as the only member from the 6:00pm team going into 2004. He would be replaced by Ten import Matthew White six months later.


I hope Ross, Ann and Adam thanked viewers for their support. Will need to look into this to make sure.


Ross and Ann thanked their viewers for the support and loyalty over all those years at the end of the bulletin. Beretts gave them flowers and Ann said “Good luck to Ian, too”.

There was a video of this on YouTube but it has since been taken down.



Adam Digby chose not to thank viewers and instead subtly flipped the bird to the camera during the close. Although his mic was not switched on, lip readers could interpret his final message to viewers.

*This may not be a true account of what took place.


5 December 1957: Cover date of the first TV-Radio Week (it became TV Week the following year) in Melbourne. IMT stars Geoff Corke and Val Ruff are on the cover.



IIRC, the first edition of TV-Radio Week would be included with a 40th anniversary issue of TV Week in 1997.

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yes there was a replica in the 40th anniversary issue but some pages were not included in the replica for some reason


The program listings certainly look weird, sorted by starting times rather than channel.

A common format used at the time. Taken from US TV Guide

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8 December 1978: Michael Schildberger, former presenter and executive producer of Nine’s A Current Affair, joins ATV-0 as executive of all news and current affairs programmes. He flags a raft of changes to the stations news output for 1979 and confirms the station is negotiating to bring BTQ-7 weather girl Annette Allison to Melbourne to sit alongside Bruce Mansfield in a revamped one hour “credible, responsible Channel 0 news service”. By November 1979 most of his initiatives are abandoned and Schildberger is reading a 30 minute bulletin with Peter Hanrahan on ATV-0.

Source: The Age, 09 Dec. 1978.


December 8, 2003 - Ian Ross makes his debut as Seven News Sydney chief presenter.

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pretty much mirroring exactly the same thing done about 5 years earlier when they signed up Mike Willesee, former presenter and producer of A Current Affair, to be head of news and current affairs for the 0-10 network. Likewise with Schildberger years later, it didn’t end well. The only change to last longer than Willesee’s tenure was Bruce Mansfield reading the news.


I think that 8 December 1985 saw the final The National broadcast

This is the end of the Queensland edition

The bold experiment of replacing the 7pm news with a one hour bulletin starting at 6.30pm didn’t last long. This was the opener to the first from 4 March.


I think from 9 December the bulletin became known as Summer National and state-based editions restored where they had been taken away (e.g. NSW, VIC, TAS). A revamped ABC News and the new 7.30 Report began in January 1986.

9 December 1961: GLV10 Gippsland opens as Australia’s first non metropolitan TV station. It is now part of Southern Cross Austereo (Nine)


I’m guessing if there wasn’t a GLV-10, then there wouldn’t have been a Channel 0 in Melbourne.

Without GLV10’s interference, ATV Melbourne would’ve been free to broadcast on channel 10.

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New look for SBS on (or around) 9 December 2011

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