NWS Channel Nine was the first commercial television station to go to air in South Australia at its Tynte Street Studios on September 5, 1959. At the launch a young Rupert Murdoch watched his new project unfold, and Sir Thomas Playford, the Premier of South Australia delivered a short speech. It was linked to Mudoch's Adelaide newspaper The News hence the call-sign NWS.
It didn't go according to plan with a few setbacks, including a fire which destroyed part of the studios. The first pictures were transmitted from a temporary studio.
To celebrate this momentous anniversary the doors of Tynte Street will open to the public for a special photographic exhibition from September 8 to 26, giving the public a rare look into the exciting and challenging early years of television in Adelaide.
The exhibition housed in the Kevin Crease Studio will showcase the behind-the-scenes story of the studio that produced such audience favourites as Adelaide Tonight, Country and Western Hour, Curiosity Show, Humphrey and Friends, The Channel Niners, Postcards, and of course Nine News.
Channel 9 personalities including; Top row (l to r) Reg Lindsay, Pam Weston, Ernie Sigley, Humphrey Bear. Bottom row; Anne Wills, Ian Fairweather, Lionel Williams and Ann North. Source: Miracle on Tynte Street; The Channel 9 Story by Rex Heading and Trevor Jones. Photo: www.adelaidenow.com.au
See never-before-released photos of Adelaide identities including John Doherty, Kevin Crease, Ernie Sigley, Anne Wills, Rob Kelvin, Humphrey and some of the nation's biggest TV and music stars that were all captured candidly and held in the NWS archives.