ABC TV at GH in the Fifties

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The ABC Film Department provided coverage of News Stories and Feature Programs utilising 16mm film cameras to record their work. Processing of the film consumed time making it always a rush to get the latest news clips to air.

Radio Active featured write ups of film staff in their 1956 and 1957 editions.

HO Film staff namely Frank J Albanese (Chief Film Editor), Herbert L (Bert) Nicholas, (Chief Cinecameraman), Lionel Howard Pye (Film Librarian) and Reginald M (Reg) Barrett were featured in the November 1956 magazine under an article Whos Who in ABC -TV.

It also featured those in TV News in the April 1957 edition. Key Players were Keith Fraser, Lionel "Bill" Hudson, Ivan Chapman, Syd Mounsey and John Crew. The article was headed The Men Behind the News.

An Obiturary was published in the Sydney Morning Herald to late film staffer John Crew.

The June 1957 edition covered new recruits to ABC Film Department. Key players were Neil Edwards (Chief Film Officer), Douglas Hardy, Margaret Cardin, Antony (Tony) Gell, Fred Combs and Derrick Edmund Timmins. The article was headed Who's Who in ABC TV.

Our first TV Newsreader on Opening Night was James Dibble. James passed away in December 2010 after a distinguished career at the ABC. ABC TV paid Tribute to James Dibble in this video segment. An Obituary to James Dibble was published in the Sydney Morning Herald and the current Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott, read a Eulogy of James Dibble at his funeral.

Check on some early film editing equipment. (Click images to enlarge)

Film Editing Bench
Film Synchroniser-Splicer
An early Film Editing Bench
A Synchroniser-Splicer-Player used to edit film and sound

Contributions from staff who worked in Film or News

Don Calder (Despatch Assistant Films) brings memories which capture the ingenuity of staff in improving film sound quality.

Margaret Cardin (Film Editor) remembers.

Brian Davies (Cadet Journalist) recalls the lead up to the move by the Film Department to Gore Hill.

Ken Chown (News Journalist) remembers the early days.

Robert Feeney (Cinematographer) remembers.

Neville Petersen (Compere and Interviewer) submitted a manuscript to the University of Queensland's Department of Journalism which was published as a Monograph in 1999. Titled "Whose News? Organisational conflict in the ABC, 1947 to 1999". Extracts from the Monograph covering ABC News in the fifties are detailed.

A conversation with Hans Pomeranz (Assistant Editor) about life in the film world. See also 'A Tribute to Hans Pomeranz' by Brian Davies.


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