Ripponlea studios on the market
Iconic studios begin sale process, but campaigners cite its heritage value.
Former ABC studios in Ripponlea are now on the market, expected to net over $40 million for the broadcaster.
The historic studios, previously home to such iconic shows as Countdown, Seachange, Kath & Kim, Spicks & Specks and Bellbird, were vacated by ABC a year ago.
Savills Australia is now taking expressions of interest for the site until October 19.
The ABC studios where groundbreaking programs such as Countdown and Sea Change were filmed is for sale, despite a recent heritage assessment determining that the property had “cultural heritage values at national, state and local levels”.
But the sale of the site has been opposed in recent months, with stars such as Molly Meldrum campaigning to save the building from being sold to developers.
A Glen Eira City Council commissioned heritage assessment notes, “The ABC Gordon Street studios are of cultural significance at the national, state and local level as a place associated with influential television programming over a broad range of subjects including natural history, drama, comedy, news and current affairs, but particularly for culturally influential drama productions such as Bellbird and Seachange and live-audience music productions such as Countdown, which greatly influenced an entire generation of Australian youth in the 1970s and 1980s.
“The site is also significant for its association with the development of a nascent entertainment and broadcasting industry, which went on to develop Australian talent in music, film, video, journalism, acting, direction, design and production and has directly contributed to the development and dissemination of a distinctive Australian culture through the medium of film and television.”
Woolworths recently paid up to $50 million for a former ABC administration site in nearby Selwyn Street.
ABC declined to comment.