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.