Prior to the introduction of
Television the ABC's role centered on Radio which had the
responsibility for the Administration and Production of Radio
programs including the management of the Symphony Orchestras
at State and Head Office levels. Technical Services support
for the transmission of programs, the provision and maintenance
of studio facilities was the responsibility of the Post Masters
General's (PMG) Department.
The early planning, property
acquisition for Television Studio construction was also done
by the PMG. However the Government decided that with the advent
of Television the ABC should also manage the provision of
its facilities including operations, maintenence and support.
The responsibility for broadcast transmission would remain
with the PMG. The ABC's Production role was also extended
to include film production.
Senior Managers for ABC Television
The first Engineering appointment
in April 1955 was Lloyd Hadfield as Director of Technical
Services. He was supported by Ken Middleton (Supervising Engineer)
Sydney, and Colin Stockbridge (Supervising Engineer) Melbourne.
Four Senior Engineers, Kevin Bourke, John Poll, Dave Pritchard
and Carl Wilhelm were appointed to the Head Office Team.
While Head Office started as
Technical Services the state branches were known as engineering
structures combining both the operational, engineering and
At the end of 1955 Talbot Duckmanton
was appointed to the General Manager's personal staff at the
age of 33 as Co-ordinator of Television.
An Administrative Structure
organisation chart from the late fifties shows the ABC headed
by the General Manager Charles Moses. Reporting to the GM
was an Assistant General Manager (Talbot Duckmanton) who had
the responsibility for Administrative Services, Forbes Street
Radio Production, Film Production, Building Services, Organisation
and Establishment Officer (excluding establishment and reclassifications).
The Director of Technical Services
Lloyd Hadfield also reported to the GM.
Later Organisation charts which
were produced for training in the early 60s showed the Controller
of Technical Services (Vern Kenna) who had the responsibility
for Head Office and State Engineering reporting to the GM.
This structure referred to the additional state structures
formed with the advent of Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart
(BAPH) television in 1960. A Film Structure and a Buildings
Planning Structure outlined their respective responsibilities.