Extract from the ABCs 26th Annual Report to the
The most significant development in drama and features was in the increase of television
activities especially since the opening of the new studios in Sydney and Melbourne.
A full-length live television
drama in rehearsal at the Sydney studios
In all, 24 "live" plays were presented, most of them an hour or more in length.
No other television organisation in Australia has, so far, attempted anything on this
scale. Critical and public reaction has been excellent.
Seven of the plays were locally written, and the television adaptations of all productions
were done in this country.
The first of the Commissions main television studios in Sydney was brought into
service on 29th January, 1958 and it is expected that the second main studio will be ready
for use during 1958/59.
An ABC camera in position opposite the
Sydney Town Hall to televise the citizens' welcome to the Queen Mother (on the dais) on
her arrival in Sydney on February 21, 1958
Further property was also added to the Commissions building site at Gore Hill,
Sydney, by the purchase of two blocks on Pacific Highway, adjacent to the present
With the co-operation of broadcasting organisations in other countries, the A.B.C. was
able to bring descriptions to sound audiences, and film cover within a matter of days to
TV audiences of major world sporting events. These included the Cricket Tests between
Australia and South Africa; the Wallabies Rugby Union Tour of Great Britain; the
F.A. Cup Final and the English Rugby League Challenge Cup.
Australian swimmers, John and Ilsa Konrads on the television programme Sports
Technical Services Television
In both Sydney and Melbourne the transfer of the technical equipment from the temporary
locations, in which it had been installed prior to the beginning of the television
services, to the permanent studio buildings was carried out without any interruption to
the programme service.
The control panel overlooking one of
the main studios at Ripponlea, the ABC's television headquarters near Melbourne
In Sydney, the permanent installation of equipment in one main studio and a small
presentation studio, as well as telecine, telerecording and master control equipment, had
been completed before the end of the year. The installation of the equipment in the second
main studio, a film dubbing suite and film processing facilities is in hand and will be
completed in 1958/59.
An ABC telecast of a church service
In Melbourne also the equipment in the first main studio and the telecine,
telerecording and master control equipment were permanently installed
and work on the second main studio was well in hand.
In Sydney and Melbourne the Postmaster-Generals Department also
completed the installation of the main transmitters and masts, which were
brought into service in August, 1958, in Sydney and in September, 1957,
The permanent masts are approximately 500 ft. high, and provide an effective
radiated power of 100 Kw for the vision and 20 Kw for the sound carrier.
Source : Twenty-Sixth Annual report of the Australian
Broadcasting Commission, Year Ended June 30, 1958