I Think They Call It Mixed Emotions

The last week in November was the 10th anniversary since being told I had cancer. It was also the same week I was told I was no longer required to read the weekend news at Channel 7. The end of a 34 year career at SAS. Joyous, that I had been free of cancer for …

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Samsung’s New Age TV – Not Quite What They’d Hoped For

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas with all the latest in whizz-bang technology. All the big companies are there showing off their bigger, brighter, better TV's. It's not good enough to have HDTV anymore, that's made way for Ultra HD. But ultra might just as well refer to the price …

Tony Charlton – Master Sports Broadcaster

The death of Television sporting icon Tony Charlton from bowel cancer closes a chapter of the early days of sports TV coverage in Australia. As a boy growing up in sports-mad Melbourne the viewing highlights of my week were the Sunday Sports shows. World of Sport with Ron Casey on 7 and Tony Charlton’s Football …

Walking Through A Living Graveyard

Ever been to a work or school reunion?  It can prove to be a daunting experience. I’ve been to three, all work related at 5DN, 3AW and TNT 9 Launceston.   Walking into a room filled with people you haven’t seen for up to 30 years brings the memories flooding back, good and bad in …

Golden Daze of TV – 3 The PENsive presenter

TV homework -  one of the great mysteries of television is what goes on behind the news reading desk. A question I'm asked without fail when giving a talk on the media is "What do you wear under the desk? Is it true you're wearing shorts?"  Why this is a perpetual question I don't know. …

Foxtel Moves The Goal Posts

The arrival of pay TV in Australia was a real cultural shock to most Aussies brought up on a staple diet of three commercial television networks and the ABC.  Of course then came SBS to broadened our choices. The birth of subscription television with Galaxy 1993 gave us two things – a lot more choice in …

Television – It’s Just A Passing Fad

Watching a recent rerun of The King the Graham Kennedy story brought back some wonderful early memories of the birth of television in Australia. My kids laughed when they saw old black and white pictures of people gathering around a shop front watching demonstration TV’s through the window. But that’s just what we did. Only …

The Day I Gate-Crashed The Evil Empire – Golden Daze Of TV 2

A great mate of mine Gary Campaniello owns Portside Mitsubishi in Adelaide. He’s one of the most generous people I know and he also happens to have one of the best wine cellars in Adelaide. Friends like these are to treasure. A few years ago Gary rings me and says he’s got some tickets to a …