Party to end all parties
Update: Nine is set to send off the GTV9 site with an all-night party. And TV Tonight makes a farewell plea to David Gyngell.
TV Tonight hears Nine is planning what will surely be the party of the year -the farewell to GTV9’s Richmond Studios.
When Hey Hey it’s Saturday wraps its final show in the iconic Studio Nine in late November, it will signal the start of a mammoth party that will celebrate the site’s beloved status as ‘Television City.’
The party is set to roll all through the night, likely doubling as Nine’s Christmas Party at the same time.
Fittingly, the live Hey Hey finale will be the last-ever show to be produced in Studio Nine. it has been home to the show across its 28 years.
The studio has been home to legendary shows such as In Melbourne Tonight, The Don Lane Show, New Faces, Sale of the Century, The Footy Show, The Paul Hogan Show, Family Feud, Temptation, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and more…
Nine will relocate at its new Dockland premises across the Christmas / New Year period, with the current site to be redeveloped as apartments.
Daryl Somers had previously called for a television museum to be located on the site.
“I meant it sincerely, that there is a wonderfully rich television emanating from Studio 9 and this whole lot in Richmond,” he previously said.
TV Tonight hopes Nine can also find it within their hearts to give the city of Melbourne an Open Day to relive the memories of the building one last time before the site is closed. Bring out some Nine faces to escort tours of the building, please. Starting with Pete Smith.
GTV9 has been a part of the city like no other station.
Bruce Gyngell “welcomed us to television” in 1956 (albeit in Sydney).
Will David Gyngell give us a fond farewell?
UPDATE: Nine advises no decision has been made one way or the other on a date to farewell to GTV yet, but plans are underway for a fitting send-off.