TCN9’s last ever broadcast from its Willoughby home will be Weekend Today tomorrow morning.
This marks the end of the first home of television which began in 1956.
Nine News on Saturday night will mark a new era at 1 Denison Street, North Sydney.
CEO Hugh Marks has sent a note to staff as the Willoughby chapter closes:
TCN has been the home of Australian television for 63 years, but the time has come to say goodbye to Willoughby.
As we bid farewell, it’s important that we celebrate our history and take with us an unrivalled legacy.
Willoughby is the place where Australian TV began. It’s where Bruce Gyngell famously greeted viewers in 1956 with, “Good evening, and welcome to television”. Since that day, our network has never skipped a beat and led the way in telling stories in Australia and beyond.
It’s been home to 60 Minutes, Today, Midday, and so many more. Over the decades, many have come through our doors and made a mark on Australian television as an industry.
As you know, media is an ever-changing industry and as we vacate our home, we move to a new era.
The Willoughby site will see the 3.2 hectare site redeveloped as 460 apartments, town houses and 6000 square metres of public space. The transmission tower will be demolished.
Purpose-built studios at Denison Street bring together television, news, digital and radio, including The Sydney Morning Herald on level 6 and The Australian Financial Review on level 4.
“In all respects, this state-of-the-art home positions all of Nine’s businesses for an amazing future. As I’ve said the aim of all this is for Nine Sydney to be a creative campus – one which will fundamentally change our business, how we operate and most importantly, how we collaborate,” said Marks.
“While some things may change, others remain the same, and the talent, skill and passion you all have will only be enhanced by this new place as we continue to create incredible content that speaks to all Australians.”
He added, “Thank you for the memories you’ve all helped create. We’ve been making TV history for the past six decades, and next week that will not change. A new era, a new Nine. I hope you are as excited as I am.”
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