Seven Melbourne turns 60


Seven stars, past and present, last night celebrated 60 years of HSV7 Melbourne at a soiree at the newly-rebuilt Stokehouse in St. Kilda.

In attendance were Seven West Media Tim Worner, Head of Production Brad Lyons and Seven Melbourne General Manager Lewis Martin plus personalities including Andrew O’Keefe, Melissa Doyle, Molly Meldrum, Bruce McAvaney, Ray Meagher, Peter Mitchell, Jennifer Keyte, Edwina Bartholomew, Jane Bunn, Hamish McLachlan, Cameron Ling, Wayne Carey and The Chase‘s Matt Parkinson & Issa Schultz.

Former stable stars included Steve Vizard, Naomi Robson, Mal Walden, David Johnston and Phillip Brady while veteran producers Grant Rule and Gordon Bennett were also in attendance.



Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (picture above) regaled stories watching Homicide, which he still regards as the most significant television series Australia has produced, and acknowledged the network’s commitment to the city through AFL and the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.

The Secret Daughter‘s Jessica Mauboy and J.R. Reyne, plus X Factor discoveries Brentwood, but were nearly upstaged by Andrew O’Keefe and Peter Mitchell rocking out to The Beatles’ Birthday (with Jessica Mauboy on backing vocals, no less).

HSV7 was the first television station to broadcast in Melbourne on 4th November 1956.




      • David, that line by you today (“We should be celebrating longevity”) will now be stuck in my mind whenever I think of the missed opportunity TV’s 60th birthday in this country was, for 7/9 to once again look back at the past, at stuff that’s unavailable on YouTube.
        I reckon many at the start of 2016, were looking forward to 9/7 going through what’s left of their video vaults, and producing good quality docos on TV’s 60th. When little materialized in mid-September from Nine, and Seven decided to only produce a news-based special, as opposed to looking back on their vast back catalogue, I reckon a few people shed a tear indeed.
        Rob McKnight’s Studio 10 team should be commended, and given a honorary Logie next year for simply remembering TV’s 60th happened on 16/9 and going to the effort: something 7/9 somehow forgot.

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