Part of Australia’s television heritage is up for auction on Thursday 10th February, 2011.
Under the hammer will be rare photographs of the original GTV 9 buildings, a large quantity of photo prints of Channel 9 celebrities from television shows including the Footy Show, Hey Hey Its Saturday, Graham Kennedy Show, popular television drama shows and much more, two grand pianos, film review books with the oldest dated 1946 – 1947, the original Studio 9 audience entrance doors, the original Studio 9 audience seating, Graham Kennedy’s dresser and mirror and the original Boardroom table and chairs, with the table likely to attract former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett’s attention, as it was also the original table used at the Wertheim Piano Factory, which was established by his grandfather. The Bendigo Street site was a piano factory for 27 years (from 1908 to 1935) before becoming a Heinz factory, and finally the home of Nine in Melbourne from 1956.
The exterior of the building is Heritage protected, though the rest of the site will become a residential development with an end value of approximately $400 million. Daryl Somers had wanted to honour the history of the site, saying it was large enough to include a Museum for television within the redevelopments.
The site has been home to legendary Australian television shows including In Melbourne Tonight, New Faces, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Footy Show, The Paul Hogan Show, Sale of the Century, Family Feud, Temptation, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Don Lane Show, Division 4, The Sullivans and The Flying Doctors.
The GTV studios was the last original television sites left in Melbourne, as Seven, Ten and SBS have all moved, with the ABC anticipated to do so too.
Bendigo Street also houses many fine pieces of artwork by leading artists from both Australia and abroad that GTV Channel Nine has collected and commissioned over the decades. Many of these too will be auctioned.
GTV will relocate to new high-tech, purpose-built studios at 717 Bourke Street, Docklands, in 2011, which will house the day to day operations including News and commercial sales, with larger scale studio production, such as The Footy Show, Hey Hey its Saturday, and Millionaire Hotseat moving to the new Melbourne Central City Studios at Docklands, where local and off-shore film and TV productions have been filmed.
Stage 4 will become home to GTV9 bigger productions, before moving into a refurbished Sound Stage 5 in twelve months time. This stage was purpose built for television production as well as film shoots. It has an epoxy floor giving a super flat surface suitable for camera pedestals.
The Dockland studios, which are a 5 minute drive from GTV9’s new corporate headquarters in Bourke Street, have already hosted a number of major productions:
- The Pacific – 2010 mini-series (a Steven Spielberg,Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman production, produced by HBO/Playtone)
- Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark – 2010 movie starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes (Miramax)
- Where The Wild Things Are – 2009 movie directed by Spike Jonze (Warner Bros.)
- Knowing – 2009 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne (Summit Entertainment)
The history of GTV Channel 9 Melbourne with TV legend Pete Smith
As the demolition of GTV-9 Richmond approaches, legendary voice over man Pete Smith reveals the story of how a former Australian Prime Minister unknowingly played a significant part in the site that would become “Television City”.
GTV-9 Melbourne – Pete Smith Backlot Tour
Take a tour of a television backlot as legendary voice over man, PETE SMITH, showcases GTV-9. This was the home of Australia’s biggest and most popular shows. Pete will show you why a giant pit had to be dug to house the satellite dish, the first camera to be used by Channel 9 Melbourne (which also happened to play a magic moment in TV history with Graham Kennedy) and he’ll also share some of the secrets of this historic site.
GTV Channel 9 Studio Tour
9 News presenter, Peter Hitchener, takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic studios of Channel 9 in Melbourne.
In this video you’ll see the inner workings of Studio 2 where the news is broadcast from every night. Peter reveals what happened when the “Giant Seagull” made a cameo appearance live on air and you’ll also hear about the rich history associated with the Richmond site.
Plus, as a special treat before the studios are demolished, we go in to the “GOLD ROOM”, dressing room to some of the biggest names ever to work at the Nine Network (Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton, Daryl Sommers just to name a few).
Channel 9 in Melbourne is about to be demolished after 50+ years of producing some of Australian televisions greatest shows. In this video, Peter Hitchener takes us on a tour of this historic building at 22 Bendigo Street, Richmond.
Studio 1 was the first studio used at the site. You’ll see go behind the scenes and see TV productions set up, ready to go. You’ll also learn what happened on opening night.
In this continuing look at the studios of Channel 9 in Melbourne, Peter Hitchener takes us through the props bay. You’ll see relics of a time gone by with a special treat for all Graham Kennedy fans.
In this look at the historic 22 Bendigo Street Richmond in Victoria, we look behind the scenes of the famous studio 9. Go backstage and see what happens in this iconic studio which was the home of Hey Hey It’s Saturday and many other productions from the Graham Kennedy era on.
In this video looks behind-the-scenes at GTV-9 as Peter Hitchener takes us down in to “The Dungeon”. See what lies beneath the surface of Channel 9 Melbourne.