WIN TV has sold its former Mount Gambier broadcasting site in South Australia, home to a 54 year history.
ABC reports the 4,000-square-metre parcel of land at John Watson Drive has been sold to prominent Mount Gambier business operator Peter Gazzard and an undisclosed Melbourne purchaser in a ‘multi-million-dollar’ transaction.
Mr Gazzard said hopes to retain the heritage of the SES-8 days and display old broadcasting equipment.
Ahead of redevelopment plans, the building will hopefully be used as a multi-platform space for creative users, musicians and volunteer groups.
“I love the old SES-8 days and all the history. My father advertised his caryard on the very first night of transmission,” Gazzard said.
“I came here as a five-year-old boy to the Hector Featherhead children’s show in the studio.
“All you wanted to do when I was a kid was to get on the Hector Featherhead show. We all wanted to get on television, it was black and white back then.
“My wife Carolyn also got her first job on TV as the barrel girl with Jim Kirkup as the host, then Carolyn got the Music Express job, then became the main person for the news and weather and Woman’s World and Cartoon Connection.”
In more recent years the site has been used as a sales office.