Random TV History

Brisbane were also networking from midnight to dawn from the late 80’s on 7 & 10 from around 1988. It was weird seeing 7 Sydney news promos and I wondered why they would play them to a national audience? Sunshine Television in Wide Bay (owned also by Skase) was also taking a 7 Sydney feed overnight from 1988 - I think the first regional station in Australia to broadcast 24/7 if I’m not mistaken. Nine never did and still had a few local adverts such as Ribbetts and Carleton Upholstery to keep them going. Here is an example taken from TEN Brisbane in 1994 with Sydney adverts (alhtough there is a JB-HiFi advert with Melbourne locations as well). Interestingly that Seven and TEN Brisbane never had the capacity to broadcast adverts/promos in stereo until at least 1995 so hearing promos in stereo before then was different.

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Whatever they could do for the least effort and smallest cost, no doubt :wink:

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I take it the times on promos were correct and they didn’t show any that were relevant to Sydney only?

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Early on in that period, during daylight savings times, the programs were also played in mono off tape rather than in stereo on relay.

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It’s amazing that the difference between each metro feeds of 7 9 10 can be as small as these aspects…

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“The Big Events are Back on Ten!”

YouTube: TV Ape

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Greg Champion segment from the unaired 1985 pilot of Mark Mitchell’s ABC “National Late Show”

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Only one real Late Show:

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Sale of the Century’s Student Championship semi final (July '89)

YouTube: elvis elvis

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Second half of this video has footage (no audio) of Michael Jackson’s 1985 visit to Perth for the Telethon which included a concert (he didn’t perform of course):

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(starts at 7:03)

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I wanted to create an off-shoot thread for this (maybe admins can if suitable) but I wanted to find out what the ‘holy grail’ of Australian TV recordings would be?

Those things that are significant to Australian TV history (but is not able to be found) or things that people just haven’t been able to find since broadcast.

I’m curious as someone who has a lot of tapes and I know a lot of others that do, and it may be helpful if we ever come across them.

I know one of the major ones would be recordings of Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos in each state. I know that Melbourne and maybe Sydney is online already.

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For stuff in my lifetime, I’d love to see some of the extremely early digital TV stuff - either the tests before the official launch date, or some insights into the early multi-view content.

There’s some somewhat early screenshots, but I get the impression of that as a time where the networks were throwing stuff at the wall to see what might work, going out to tiny numbers of households that could actually receive them.

Basically, we have the “welcome to television” clip^, but digital kinda started in fits and spurts before it was mainstream - there’s so little documented of that era.

^well a recreation of it, I suppose maybe that’s the canonical answer, but that’s boring.

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We only needed a recreation cause a drongo didn’t realise the significance of the actual event.

There are these:

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Actual digital recordings from 2001 is probably going to be extremely rare. Not even sure it was possible to record digital back then.

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I know my uncle/pop had and probably still have a digital tuner with a floppy disc drive.

There are some pre-2001 recordings though

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Do you mean a CD/DVD drive?

A floppy disk would hold less than a second of recordings since they only hold 1.44 Mb of data.

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I kid you not it had a floppy drive.

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That’s hilarious! What was it used for?

Surely not recordings?

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Even the biggest hard drives at the time were probably 100GB. So probably less than 20 hours of HD recording.

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