On 16 September 1956 the test pattern on Sydney's TCN9 gave way to a grainy black-and-white image of presenter Bruce Gyngell speaking the first words uttered on Australia television: 'Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to television'. (O'Regan)
The Broadcasting and Television ACT (1953) stated that 'licensees shall, as far as possible, use the services of Australians in the production and presentation of radio and television programs'. At first, television was broadcast for only 22 hours each week. Local content for television was mostly low-cost variety and quiz shows.
HSV7 Melbourne and ABC-TV went to air in time for the November 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Other stations followed over the two years: in Brisbane (QTQ and BTQ), Adelaide (ADS and NWS, (Perth (TVW) and Hobart (TVT).
The ABC's television service in Sydney (ABN2) launched in 1956 with a news bulletin read by James Dibble. Dibble continued as the ABC's newsreader until 1983.
Barnard, L. Managing Ed. 'Australia 1952'. Australia Through Time. Sydney. NSW: Random House, 2002, pp. 350-353.
Cunningham, Stuart & Turner, Graeme, eds. The Media and Communications in Australia. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2002.
O'Regan, Mick. ABC Radio National. 'Bruce Gyngell'. The Media Report. September 2000. Accessed 24 February 2005: www.abc.net.au