1 March 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the official commencement of colour television in Australia.
Technical and other reasons delayed the arrival of colour television in Australia. But even before a colour standard had been settled on, TV stations set up displays at agricultural shows and shopping centres to educate audiences on the advantages of colour television.
ATV-O is generally considered the first to broadcast colour television in Australia. The broadcast was not transmitted to the public but viewed on closed-circuit monitors at ATV’s Nunawading studios for owner Reg Ansett and ATV executives, Australian Broadcasting Control Board (ABCB) representatives and the press.
Read the NFSA’s two-part blog celebrating this anniversary.