Behind the scenes at TWV7 in Perth in the 80s. Although part of the Seven Network, in those days Perth had only two commercial channels who bought in programmes from all three networks - one of the reasons their schedules varied quite a bit from the Sydney and Melbourne stations. A lot of programmes were flown across from the Eastern states, as seen here - and Perth was often well behind with soaps and dramas (in fact, at one point they were almost as far behind as the UK with Neighbours and Sons and Daughters!). Once schedules aligned more closely, programmes were taped from a clean feed of ATN7 in Sydney and played back a couple of hours later (due to the different time zones). Of course, nowadays all networks are played out centrally from Melbourne or Sydney with few regional variations, and, like the UK, the studios around Australia are little more than local newsrooms.
It’s interesting to see this BTS footage and to note the similarities and differences between the UK and Australia’s technical equipment and procedures in that era.
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