Babette Smith had worked at the Elizabethan Theatre Trust and for theatrical producer Harry M Miller on rock musical Hair, before starting at TCN9 Sydney in 1973 as an assistant producer on the live music program The Sound of Music with Barry Crocker.
When The Sound of Music folded, Smith began producing a swag of live television programs, including telethons and outside broadcasts. She talks about some of the challenges.
Oral history interview by Jeannine Baker.
Image: Peter Ford, Lana Cantrell, Bert Newton and Glenn Ford at a TCN9 telethon, 1973. Supplied by Babette Smith.