Television

Events

television

1950

The Menzies Government decides that television services will initially consist of a national service (ABC) in Sydney with expansion to follow into other areas as funding allowed and a commercial station in each of Sydney and Melbourne.

television

1953

The government thought it was necessary to have a royal commision to introduce what television in Australia.

Television

1955

the first commercial had come on TV and they had finally conducted a licence for Sydney and Melbourne to have commercials.

television

1956

TCN9 Sydney was one of the only shows that did regular segments and introduces at exactly 7:00am. Gradually HSV7 Melbourne starts to open and to do regular 1 and 20 minutes segments of cartoons hosted by Geoff Corke. November 5: Opening night of the ‘national television service’ with the first ABC television station, ABN2 Sydney.

television

1957

December 2: ATN7 Sydney is officially opened. The following day, ATN launches Australia’s first current affairs program At Seven On Seven with Howard Craven, and the first ‘tonight’ show, Sydney Tonight with Keith Walshe. April 20: The Victorian Football League (VFL) is televised for the first time, with Melbourne channels ABV2, HSV7 and GTV9 showing the final quarter of the game.

television

1958

Melbourne and Sydney link together so both cities can both see television together at the same time.