of ABN Channel 2
First Senior Manager for ABC Television
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.
had long been established in the ABC in Radio with Producers from
various Specialist Departments directing the productions. Engineering
support came from the PMG.
two added structures to the ABC; a Film Department for film productions
and news clips and a Technical Services group to provide Engineering
support. Talbot's role was to Coordinate the activities of these
added groups with the existing Radio establishment.
from Radio made the transition to Television Production.
The First Day
and training of staff to meet the production demands of television
culminated in the first programs being broadcast in Sydney by the
ABC on Monday, 5th November 1956 from the ABN Channel 2.
Schedules for Week 1 of Transmission
5th November 1956
6th-7th November 56
8th -9th November 1956
12th November 1956
of Opening Night can be selected here.
Sportsman of the Year
This moved from
radio to television in January 1957 when the GM Charles Moses presented
the award to Betty Cuthbert, winner of three gold medals in the
Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956.
The Phil Silvers
Show was one of the first comedy shows, bought from the CBS
Continental was one of the first light entertainment series
produced by Harry Pringle.
Jubilee produced by Harry Pringle had white artists painted
The first television
program for very young children was Kindergarten Playtime
produced by Margaret Delves (now Moore) which comenced in 1957.
Life of Riley
were two early comedy shows. The Frankie
Laine Show and Liberace
provided musical variety.
Squiggle began running from ABN2 during 1959.
Questions with Frank Legg commenced in 1958.
with Bob Sanders
was the first Arts show.
World with Mary Rossi went on air in 1956.
ABN2 on-air hours
ABN2 was on-air
for 5 to 6 hours daily during 1956 and 1957
Paul Maclay, Martin Royal, Bruce Webber, Bruce Webster and John