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Australian families have been sitting down in front of the TV on New Year’s Eve for over 60 years. Wikimedia Commons

What Australia watched on TV on New Year’s Eve, 1959

From Clint Eastwood to Bert Newton – here's what Melbourne could watch on that new technology, the television set, to see in the new decade.
The ‘natural sounds’ of native animals like this koala had been heard on ABC Radio, but bringing them to TV audiences in the 1960s presented new and exciting challenges. abcarchives/flickr

Natural history on TV: how the ABC took Australian animals to the people

When the ABC began screening local wildlife television, it helped create a new environmental nationalism, implicating audiences in the survival of Australian animals.
Susie Porter as Marie and Kate Jenkinson as Allie in Wentworth. The show’s drama revolves around a women’s prison. Fremantle Media Australia/Xinger Xanger Photograph

Inside the story: writing the powerful female world of Wentworth

In the popular Australian TV series Wentworth, the setting of a women's prison is a pressure-cooker for drama. The setting also allows for greater representation of diverse female characters.
Charlotte Best in the Australian Netflix original drama Tidelands (2018). Research last year found that only around 1% of the Netflix Australia catalogue was Australian content. Hoodlum Entertainment

Netflix is opening its first Australian HQ. What does this mean for the local screen industry?

Netflix may be inching closer to becoming a “local” media company, with an increased presence in our small but profitable national market. Will this lead to more locally-made content?
SBS is continuing to tap into the slow TV trend, with its suite of ‘Slow Summer’ programming, including one exploring the Kimberley. SBS

Why slow TV deserves our (divided) attention

Slow TV is perfect viewing for our binge-watching, multi-tasking population.
Ebonnie Masini and Rian McLean in Round the Twist (1989), one of Australia’s most fondly remembered children’s TV dramas. Australian Children's Television Foundation

The slow death of Australian children’s TV drama

TV networks must produce new local children's TV drama each year - but they are increasingly making animation, with little sense of place. We need shows that will reflect kids' lives back to them.
Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray in Jack Irish. In 1999, Pederson was one of two Indigenous actors on Australian TV. Supplied.

Landmark study finds diversity lagging on Australian TV

Indigenous representation in TV dramas has surged, but other culturally diverse groups are still under-represented on screen.
Ba-da-da-dum, dum-dum…the jingles, theme songs and commercials that stick in your head. ABC TV

TV’s top ten ear worms, from a television tragic

Australian television turns 60 this year, so we're celebrating classic TV tunes of the fifties and sixties – those theme songs and jingles you can't get out of your head.

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