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Researching ABC Rockhampton TV, 1963-85 : two decades of regional television broadcasting

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Denis CryleDenis Cryle, Christina Hunt, Ross Quinn
In 1963, Rockhampton was chosen by the Australian Broadcasting Commission to become its first television station in Queensland. ABC Rockhampton TV belonged to a select number of outlets, which, in the days before aggregation and extensive networking, gathered and broadcast their own news and local programs to regional viewer. This article details the unearthing and preservation of records vital for this research, and uses these to document the highs and lows of the Rockhampton station. The authors argue that its history forms a neglected chapter in the ‘getting of regional television’ and the production of local content, and they provide an account of its early operations from its inception in 1963, overviewing its achievements and explaining the reasons for its abrupt demise in the mid-eighties. Additionally, they identify the achievements of particular programs and staff members, culminating in the personal tragedies which dogged the station and its community in the closing phase.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

17

Issue

1

Start Page

47

End Page

58

Number of Pages

12

ISSN

1321-8166

Location

St Lucia, Qld

Publisher

University of Queensland Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Queensland review.