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Take a stroll down memory lane
Television first launched in South Australia on 5 September 1959 with NWS Channel Nine as the first television broadcaster. They had their first television station in Tynte Street, North Adelaide and transmission tower erected in Mount Lofty. The license to operate was bought by Rupert Murdoch through Southern Television Corporation Ltd who also owned city newspaper, The News. It is recalled how viewers on the first night watched in excitement in groups. Many of them went to visit friends or relatives who were then proud owners of television receivers. While others simply gathered outside shops in Rundle Street to watch by the window.
Channel Nine Adelaide 1959 to Now - photo by iamisyut
An exhibition that takes to the beginnings of Channel 9 in SA
The State Library of SA along with Channel Nine Adelaide invites you to come as they take you on a journey back to the beginnings of Channel Nine in South Australia in 1959. Reminisce at some of the iconic shows that went to air – Adelaide Tonight, The Channel Niners, Here's Humphrey or the Country and Western Hour – and the iconic personalities on our screens – Lionel Williams, Kevin Crease, Roger Cardwell or Ian Fairweather. Who could forget Anne Wills and her dazzling earrings or Winky Dink, the fluffy pink duck? The early days of Channel Nine weren't without difficulties. Discover why the NWS 9's first night on air was broadcast from the women's dressing room.
The exhibition also explores the world of news in the 'news room' – see how news has evolved over the years, the major events covered by Channel Nine and the newsreaders who have delivered the news to us each night. This exhibition is free of charge and is open 10am to 5pm daily except public holidays until 19 June 2016.