Newspapers also had question-and-answer columns providing advice on fine-tuning and technical issues (see, for example, The Sun-Herald , 13 October 1974).
From 19 October 1974, ABCB permitted stations four weeks of live color broadcasts for no more than four hours per week and no more than two hours per day. Colour commercials were also permitted during these color-casts. The ABCB specified that these first test broadcasts were to be sporting events1 or annual festivals, including:
- ABC: Day 3 NSW Open Golf Championship
- ATN 7, CTC TV: Manly Eagles vs Auburn Orioles baseball from Oriole Park, Sydney
- SAS 10, TVW7: Cricket: Gillette Cup Live: WA vs SA from WACA
- ATN 7: Castrol Six-Hour Motorcyle Race, Amaroo Park
- GTV 9: 1974 Melbourne Cup.
Due to the two-hour restriction, long sporting event broadcasts often began in black-and-white and switched to colour for the last two hours.
Channel 9 Perth’s first colour news bulletin is a significant title in the NFSA television collection. Not only is it the network’s first colour news bulletin, it is an example of a complete news bulletin from a time when few stations recorded and kept copies of their bulletins because of technical and cost limitations. The NFSA mostly holds individual news TV stories from this time rather than complete bulletins. A complete news program shows us how the bulletins looked and gives us a greater understanding of the limitations placed on broadcasters by the technology of the day (compared to today’s 24/7 news coverage).