Celebrity is the fame and public attention accorded by the mass media to individuals or groups or animals, but is applied to the persons or groups of people themselves who receive such a status of fame and attention. Celebrity status is associated with wealth, while fame provides opportunities to earn revenue. Successful careers in sports and entertainment are associated with celebrity status, while political leaders become celebrities. People may become celebrities due to media attention on their lifestyle, wealth, or controversial actions, or for their connection to a famous person. Athletes in Ancient Greece were welcomed home as heroes, had songs and poems written in their honor, received free food and gifts from those seeking celebrity endorsement. Ancient Rome lauded actors and notorious gladiators, Julius Caesar appeared on a coin in his own lifetime. In the early 12th century, Thomas Becket became famous following his murder, he was promoted by the Christian Church as a martyr and images of him and scenes from his life became widespread in just a few years.
In a pattern repeated, what started out as an explosion of popularity turned into long-lasting fame: pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral where he was killed became fashionable and the fascination with his life and death have inspired plays and films. The cult of personality can be traced back to the Romantics in the 18th century, whose livelihood as artists and poets depended on the currency of their reputation; the establishment of cultural hot-spots became an important factor in the process of generating fame: for example and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries. Newspapers started including gossip columns and certain clubs and events became places to be seen in order to receive publicity; the movie industry spread around the globe in the first half of the 20th century and with it the now familiar concept of the recognizable faces of its superstars. Yet, celebrity was not always tied to actors in films when cinema was starting out as a medium; as Paul McDonald states in The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities, "in the first decade of the twentieth century, American film production companies withheld the names of film performers, despite requests from audiences, fearing that public recognition would drive performers to demand higher salaries."
Public fascination went well beyond the on-screen exploits of movie stars and their private lives became headline news: for example, in Hollywood the marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and in Bollywood the affairs of Raj Kapoor in the 1950s. The second half of the century saw television and popular music bring new forms of celebrity, such as the rock star and the pop group, epitomised by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, respectively. John Lennon's controversial 1966 quote: "We're more popular than Jesus now," which he insisted was not a boast, that he was not in any way comparing himself with Christ, gives an insight into both the adulation and notoriety that fame can bring. Unlike movies, television created celebrities who were not actors. However, most of these are only famous within the regions reached by their particular broadcaster, only a few such as Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Springer, or David Frost could be said to have broken through into wider stardom. In the'60s and early'70s, the book publishing industry began to persuade major celebrities to put their names on autobiographies and other titles in a genre called celebrity publishing.
In most cases, the book was not written by the celebrity but by a ghost-writer, but the celebrity would be available for a book tour and appearances on talk shows. Cultures and regions with a significant population may have their own independent celebrity systems, with distinct hierarchies. For example, the Canadian province of Quebec, French-speaking, has its own system of French-speaking television and music celebrities. A person who garners a degree of fame in one culture may be considered less famous or obscure in another; some nationwide celebrities might command some attention outside their own nation. S. whereas the francophone Canadian singer Celine Dion is well known in both the French-speaking world and in the United States. Regions within a country, or cultural communities can have their own celebrity systems in linguistically or culturally distinct regions such as Quebec or Wales. Regional radio personalities, politicians or community leaders may be local or regional celebrities. In politics, certain politicians are recognizable to many people the head of state and the Prime Minister.
Yet only heads of state who play a major role in international politics have a good chance of becoming famous outside their country's borders, since they are featured in mass media. The President of the United States, for instance, is famous by name and face to millions of people around the world. Since World War II the U. S. Presidential elections are followed all across the globe, making the elected candidate world-famous as a result. In contrast, both the Pope and The Dalai Lama are far more famous under their official title than under their actual names; when politicians leave active politics their recognizability tends to diminish among general audiences, as
Bruce Mansfield Power Plant
Bruce Mansfield Power Plant is a 830 megawatt, coal power plant located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The plant is operated by FirstEnergy, it began operations in 1976. Construction of Bruce Mansfield commenced in 1970; the plant was operated by Pennsylvania Power. Its ownership was a consortium of Pennsylvania Power, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Toledo Edison, Duquesne Light to form the Central Area Power Coordination. Bruce Mansfield began commercial operations of Unit 1 in 1976 with Units 2 and 3 following suit in 1977 and 1980 respectively. All three of the units generate 830 MW each with a nameplate capacity of 2490 MW; the plant was named after a former chairman of Pennsylvania Power. Murray Energy is the primary supplier of coal for Bruce Mansfield; the coal is shipped from West Virginia. FirstEnergy Solutions announced in August 2018 that they were closing Bruce Mansfield by June 2021. FirstEnergy Solutions blamed the wholesale market system, which PJM Interconnection operates on, for not relying on coal and nuclear plants.
PJM Interconnection conducted an analysis and concluded the plant's closure would not affect grid reliability. Units 1 and 2 were installed with a flue-gas desulfurization system to prevent sulfur dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere, its chimney is 950 feet tall. The sludge was transported 7 miles by pipe to Little Blue Run Lake between Beaver County and Hancock County, West Virginia; when Unit 3 was constructed in 1980, an electrostatic precipitator system, designed by the Weir Group, was installed instead for the unit to curb SO2 emissions. Its chimney is 600 feet tall. To reduce waste disposal from scrubbers at Bruce Mansfield, National Gypsum constructed a nearby plant in 1998 to process synthetic gypsum from the plant to produce drywall. To deliver the gypsum for the nearby manufacturer, a forced-oxidation gypsum system was built. A $200 million dewatering facility was completed in 2016 in response to a 2012 settlement that prohibits the further disposal of byproduct at Little Blue Run Lake.
The facility would separate byproduct from water and be properly disposed of in a lined impoundment at Murray Energy's mine in Marshall County, West Virginia. The dewatering facility began operations in January 2017, but problems at the new facility forced the plant to go offline the following month; the plant restarted two weeks later. A release of hydrogen sulfide during repair work on a pipe killed two and injured four workers in August 2017; the workers' families who experienced casualties in the accident filed lawsuits against FirstEnergy in November 2017 seeking damages. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined FirstEnergy $77,605 for workplace hazards and fined subcontractor Enerfab $129,340 for failing to provide “appropriate respiratory protection”. FirstEnergy settled by paying a fine of $65,963. On January 10, 2018, Bruce Mansfield caught on fire causing damage to its duct work. In a filing that month, FirstEnergy revealed that the fire caused significant damage to the equipment for Units 1 and 2.
The damage was severe enough that deactivation of both units were accelerated from June 2021 to February 5, 2019. List of power stations in Pennsylvania Bruce Mansfield Plant - First Energy Generation
Albert Watson Newton, AM, MBE, is an Australian media personality. He is a Logie Hall of Fame inductee, quadruple Gold Logie award-winning entertainer and radio and television personality/presenter. Newton has hosted the Logie Awards ceremony on numerous occasions through his career, he is known for his collaborations with Don Lane. Newton started in radio broadcasting, before becoming a star and fixture of Australian television since its inception in 1956, is considered both an industry pioneer and one of the longest-serving television performers in the world. Newton is known for his association with both the Nine Network and Ten Network, in numerous shows including: In Melbourne Tonight, New Faces, Good Morning Australia, 20 to 1 and Bert's Family Feud. In 2018, he was honoured by Australia Post, along with Ray Martin, Denise Drysdale, Daryl Somers and Kerri-Anne Kennerley, by having his portrait featured on a series of stamps, honouring "The Legends of Television" Newton's wife is singer and television personality Patti McGrath Newton.
Their two children are television personality Lauren Newton. Newton was born in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, he had a sister. He was educated at St Joseph's Marist Brothers Roman Catholic college. In his early years he is still an active Roman Catholic. Newton's first paid radio appearance was as a schoolboy on Melbourne radio station 3XY on 10 June 1952, doing advertisements dressed as a clown with Doug McKenzie to become "Zag" in Zig and Zag. "... There was a radio program on 3XY Melbourne called Scouting Around, compered by the late Tom Jones. One week the broadcast was recorded at our Scout Hall, as the direct result of this, I began to appear on 3XY." This led to regular appearances on a Saturday morning children's show, in which he worked with Stan Rofe and McKenzie. In May 1954, 3XY employed him as a junior announcer. After GTV-9 purchased 3AK in April 1961, all GTV-9 personalities were expected to present programs on 3AK. Graham Kennedy and Newton hosted a two-hour morning program.
He began a morning program on 3UZ in 1976. The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd appointed Newton as general manager of 3DB in 1986, which he combined with on-air appearances until 1988. Newton began his television career at Melbourne's HSV-7. For several years Newton worked with former manager Mason Jarrett whilst trying to find work on numerous television stations. Newton left HSV-7 and went to GTV-9 in early 1959 to host a daytime television program In Melbourne Today. After appearing in a live commercial on In Melbourne Tonight with his friend Graham Kennedy at Easter 1959, he began to make regular appearances on the show and assumed hosting duties on some episodes; this began a lifelong association with Kennedy. In 1959–1960 he hosted The Bert Newton Show on GTV-9, a series aimed at teenagers. In 1960 and 1961, along with Graham Kennedy, appeared in the national Graham Kennedy's Channel 9 Show. In January 1962, the show was cancelled and replaced by the similar The Channel 9 Show, hosted by Newton.
Newton appeared on the Nine Network in these years. He appeared on: The Don Lane Show: Starting in 1975, Don Lane hosted his own variety show, The Don Lane Show, on Channel 9. Newton was cast in the role of sidekick and "barrel boy". Newton was dubbed "Moonface" on the show, the nickname stuck. On the show Newton would appear in outlandish costumes sending up celebrities. One of the most memorable events on the show was when Newton sent-up Demis Roussos, Roussos was sent on to the set while Newton was doing the impersonation. Newton remained on the show until it ended in 1983; the Bert Newton Show: Newton hosted his own program, The Bert Newton Show, recorded in Sydney for the ABC. It was not a success, he returned to working with Kennedy. New Faces: In 1976, Newton replaced long-running compere Frank Wilson on the Nine Network's amateur talent program New Faces; the show was a success, lasted until 1985. In 1992, Newton hosted another version of New Faces. Ford Superquiz: In 1981, Newton presented a quiz show, Ford Superquiz, produced by the Reg Grundy organisation for the Nine Network.
Tonight With Bert Newton: Tonight With Bert Newton, for the Nine Network, was a short-lived attempt to bring back the spirit of IMT. It aired in 1984; the Bert Newton Show: This was done for the Seven Network in 1989 as an attempt to woo some of the audience away from The Midday Show with Ray Martin. This, didn't work and was only on air for that year, it started out lasting one hour with a soapie following it called The Power, The Passion but when that got axed the show was expanded to an hour and a half. From mid-1992 until 2005, Newton appeared on Channel Ten as host of Good Morning Australia Good Morning Australia: In 1992 Newton moved into daytime television as host of The Morning Show, which soon changed title to Good Morning Australia on Network Ten; the show was a continuing success for Ten. GMA was a mix of interviews, cooking segments featuring Newton's floor manager Robert Mascara, aka "Belvedere", doing the popular taste tests and innuendo, ad-libbed. Much of the screen time was dedicated to infomercials.
Unusually for television, the show was broadcast live-to-air on Mondays and Tuesdays but for the rest of the week live-to-
Rove (TV series)
Rove titled Rove Live, was an Australian television variety show, that featured live music performances and interviews with local and international celebrity guests. The program premiered on the Nine Network on 22 September 1999, before moving to Network Ten which aired the program from 2000 until November 2009; the show was hosted by comedian Rove McManus through his production company Roving Enterprises, featured an ensemble cast who presented various segments throughout the course of the show. The show won the Logie Award for "Most Popular Light Entertainment Program" five times. Rove McManus began his television career hosting the RMITV-produced The Loft Live on Melbourne's Channel 31, a community-access television station, it was a straightforward tonight show, with a comic monologue from the host, pre-recorded skits and guest interviews. The show had unusually high production values for a community access show; the Nine Network developed the show into a commercial production. In 1999, the show, named Rove, ran in a late-night timeslot for 10 episodes.
The show featured McManus and three co-hosts he referred to as'the kids on the couch': Peter Helliar, Corinne Grant and Dave Callan. However, Nine decided not to renew the program and the cast moved to Network Ten the following year; the new show similar to the Nine production, was named Rove Live. The show was sometimes known as Rove or Rove, owing to the use of brackets around the word'Live' in some of the show's graphics. Dave Callan left the show after one year, to pursue standup radio opportunities. Corinne Grant left the show at the end of 2005, to concentrate on The Glass House and other interests. Carrie Bickmore joined the cast in 2006. Meshel Laurie joined the cast for only one year. In November 2006, Rove Live was suspended until further notice due to the death of McManus's wife Belinda Emmett. Rove wrote a personal message on the Rove Live website, saying that it "is a difficult period for all of us and some time away is the best thing for me right now"; the show reverted to the title of Rove in 2007.
Production moved from the Global Television facility in Nunawading to the old Seven Network studios in South Melbourne. It now occupied the premium timeslot of 8:30pm on Sunday nights. Peter Helliar returned to McManus's side. Bickmore's role in the show increased. Following the cancellation of the show The Glass House, Dave Hughes joined Rove; the comedy duo Hamish & Andy, who had collaborated with Roving Enterprises with their television show Real Stories, began appearing every second week. Their associate Ryan Shelton began presenting a segment each week; each year, the show's set changes in some way from the previous. In a previous year, the set was changed to be less like a traditional late-night talk show and more like a variety show. In 2007, the show's set was reconfigured back into a more traditional late-night talk show again going so far as having a view of the Melbourne cityscape in the background. In July 2007, a special show was filmed at Times Square in New York City. Rove and Adam Hills attended, a live Australian audience was present.
In late July a second special was filmed in Los Angeles at the Bob Barker Studio. Hayden Guppy now co-host of Video Hits became a cast member, who shows TV viewers what the cast does during ad breaks. In 2008, Myf Warhurst, who co-hosted a breakfast radio show with Peter Helliar on Triple M, joined the cast as an infrequent addition whenever a regular cast member was unavailable. Again in 2008, Elmo returned as a guest. In 2009 the program moved premises to ABC Studios in Victoria which houses a new set. Dave Hughes, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee began only appearing on a fortnightly appearance. Between May and July 2009, actor Brian Wenzel had a weekly skit at the end of the show. After 12 July, the show went off-air to let the team take a mid-year break due to the show starting in February, it was announced that this episode would be Bickmore's and Hughesy's final episode as regular cast members, due to them both leaving to focus on their new show, The 7pm Project, which premiered on 20 July 2009, is produced by Roving Enterprises.
Various news reports appeared in the lead up to the scheduled season finale for the 2009 season of Rove. The Herald Sun reported that McManus had confirmed that his show would not return until in 2010. Despite not appearing on a list of shows at Ten's 2010 launch event, it was rumoured that Rove would return in 2010 with a new format, similar to Hey Hey It's Saturday, which rated over two million viewers for its two reunion shows. McManus made a comment to the Herald Sun and stated "This show is my love and my passion and it's always what I've wanted to do." McManus continued to say "If everything else fell down, as long as I still get to do this thing I love I’m happy. We have that connection with the audience at the moment and that's where my enthusiasm is coming from." However, rumours appeared the day before the 2009 finale of Rove in that "staff on his TV show were told this week to look for alternative work next year." Ten's publicity department denied these claims by stating: "We have checked with Roving and no such discussion was had.
As for what changes may or may not be made with Rove for 2010, this will be announced on the show this Sunday, stay tuned." McManus was spotted earlier dining with Merrick Watts and Peter Helliar in Sydney, prompting talk that he might return to radio in 2010. The rumour of the show ending revealed to be true as during the finale on 15 November 2009, McManus confirmed that the show would be ending with the 2009 finale, he said: "It's purely m
GTV (Australian TV station)
GTV is a commercial television station in Melbourne, owned by the Nine Network. The station is based at a new high-tech, purpose-built studio at 717 Bourke Street, Docklands. GTV-9 was amongst the first television stations to begin regular transmission in Australia. Test transmissions began on 27 September 1956, introduced by former 3DB radio announcer Geoff Corke, based at the Mt Dandenong transmitter, as the studios in Richmond were not yet ready; the station covered the 1956 Summer Olympics. The 1956 Carols By the Davis Cup tennis as part of its test transmissions; the station was opened on 19 January 1957 by Victorian Governor Sir Dallas Brooks from the studios in Bendigo Street, Richmond. A clip from the ceremony has featured in a number of GTV-9 retrospectives, in which the Governor advises viewers that if they did not like the programs, they could just turn off; the Richmond building, bearing the name Television City, had been converted from a Heinz tinned food factory occupied in the past by the Wertheim Piano Company.
A cornerstone, now visible from the staff canteen courtyard, was laid when construction of the Piano factory began. Eric Pearce was appointed senior newsreader in the late 1960s, after having been the first newsreader at rival station HSV-7, he held that position for twenty years. In 1957, GTV-9's first large-scale production was the nightly variety show In Melbourne Tonight, hosted by Graham Kennedy. Kennedy was a radio announcer at 3UZ in Melbourne before being'discovered' by GTV-9 producer Norm Spencer, when appearing on a GTV-9 telethon. Bert Newton moved from HSV-7 to join Kennedy. IMT continued for thirteen years, it set a precedent for a number of subsequent live variety programmes from the station. Ownership has changed over the decades; the station was first licensed to the General Television Corporation Ltd. a consortium of two newspapers, The Argus and The Age, together with cinema chains Hoyts, Greater Union, Sir Arthur Warner's Electronic Industries, JC William's Theatres, Cinesound Productions, radio stations 3XY, 3UZ, 3KZ.
In early 1957 The Argus was acquired by The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, the paper was closed on the same day that GTV-9 opened. The Herald in turn sold its interests in the station to Electronic Industries acquired by UK television manufacturer Pye, in 1960; because of the restriction on foreign ownership of television stations, GTV-9 was sold to Frank Packer's Australian Consolidated Press, which owned TCN-9 in Sydney, resulting in the formation of the country's first commercially owned television network. Prior to this GTV-9 was affiliated with ATN-7 in Sydney. Son Clyde Packer ran the network for some time, until a falling out led to a handover to younger son Kerry Packer. In the 1980s the network was sold to Alan Bond, but bought back at a much lower price. Following the death of Kerry Packer, his son James Packer progressively sold down his stake in the network. Along with most Australian TV stations, GTV-9 commenced colour test transmissions in October, 1974; the official changeover took place at 12.00am on Saturday 1 March 1975.
In 1976, GTV-9 became the first Australian television station to commence permanent 24-hour transmission. In 2001 the station commenced digital television broadcasting, in line with most other metropolitan stations. GTV-9 continued broadcasting in analogue on VHF9, with a digital simulcast on VHF8. In 2010 it was announced to public and staff, that after 54 years at Bendigo Street, GTV-9 would move day-to-day operations including News and commercial sales to 717 Bourke Street, Docklands. On 25 October 2010, it was announced that GTV-9 would begin producing larger scale studio productions, such as The Footy Show, Hey Hey its Saturday, Millionaire Hotseat from the new Docklands Studios Melbourne. On 28 February 2011, GTV-9 broadcast its final live program – the 6pm edition of Nine News – from the Richmond Television City studios, the following day began broadcasting news bulletins from 717 Bourke Street. While their new fiber link to their transmission site was being completed, a temporary DVB-S2 link was put up on Optus D1, which ceased at the end of the year.
In 2012, no new programming has been produced out of the new studios. The network opted to move its host Tracy Grimshaw to TCN-9 in Sydney. In May, 2012, a lower powered permanent backup DVB-S2 link for their transmission site was re-established on Optus D1, which requires at least a two-metre solid receiving dish. Locally produced programs with GTV-9 Melbourne. Nine News Melbourne Nine Afternoon News Melbourne Nine News: First at Five Nine's National Newsbreak Nine News Victoria Kids' WB Australia TAC Cup Future Stars The AFL Sunday Footy Show Footy Classified The Footy Show *previously filmed in Studio 9 Millionaire Hot Seat *previously filmed in Studio 9 The Block House Husbands Postcards Carols by Candlelight The Logies 2010s Underbelly A Current Affair This Is Your Life The Million Dollar Drop Between the Lines Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth 2000s 20 to 1 (2005–
Network 10 is an Australian commercial television network. One of five national free-to-air networks, 10's owned-and-operated stations can be found in the state capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, while affiliates extend the network to regional areas of the country; the network is owned by a subsidiary of CBS Studios International. From the introduction of TV in 1956 until 1965 there were only two commercial television networks in Australia, the National Television Network and the Australian Television Network, as well as the public Australian Broadcasting Commission. In the early 1960s, the Australian Government began canvassing the idea of licensing a third commercial television station in each capital city; this decision was seen by some as a way for the government to defuse growing public dissatisfaction with the dominance of imported overseas programming and the paucity of local content. The first of these "third" licences was granted to United Telecasters Sydney was granted on 4 April 1963.
Structurally, the Australian television industry was modelled on the two-tiered system, in place in Australian radio since the late 1930s. One tier consisted of a network of publicly funded television stations run by the ABC, funded by government budget allocation and by fees from television viewer licences; the second tier consisted of the commercial networks and independent stations owned by private operators, whose income came from selling advertising time. The network was launched as ATV-0 in Melbourne opened on 1 August 1964 and was owned by the Ansett transport and media group, which at the time owned one of Australia's two domestic airlines. TEN-10 in Sydney, which opened on 5 April 1965, was owned by United Telecasters Sydney Ltd, which in July that year opened TVQ-0 in Brisbane, Queensland. Opened that month was SAS-10, serving the city of Adelaide in South Australia; the new television network was dubbed the "Independent Television System" or ITS, but in 1970 adopted the title "The 0/10 Network", which reflected the names of the first two stations launched in the group, ATV and TEN.
Melbourne's ATV was the first station of the network to stage colour broadcasts in 1967, the broadcast was that of the Pakenham races, seen by network and RCA executives and invited members of the media and press. This would the first of many test colour telecasts for the station, in tribute to this event, the 0-10 Network adopted the First in Colour slogan in 1974, within months before 1 March 1975 transition to colour broadcasting. For its first five years, the 0/10 Network led a hand-to-mouth existence. By the beginning of the 1970s the network was in a precarious financial position and there were predictions that it would fail. In 1971, the 0/10 Network first aired Young Talent Time, a huge ratings success, ran for 17 years. However, the network's true financial reprise came about due to the controversial adult soap opera serial Number 96, which premiered in March 1972 on the night that "Australian TV lost its virginity"; the series broke new ground for Australian television and captured the imagination of viewers like few programs before or since.
For the next three years it was Australia's top-rating television program and, not its huge popularity attracted advertisers to Ten en masse, with the result that its revenue increased from A$1 million in 1971 to more than A$10 million in 1972. However, the pattern of ratings dominance was set, for most of the next five decades from the mid-1960s there was little deviation from the prevalent rankings, with the Nine Network in first place, the Seven Network second, 0/10 third and ABC fourth; the gradual evolution of Network Ten into its current form has its origins in the ongoing attempts by media mogul Rupert Murdoch to acquire a prized commercial television licence in Australia's largest capital city market, Sydney. This began when Murdoch's News Limited purchased the Wollongong station WIN Television in the early 1960s, around the same time he bought Festival Records. In 1977, frustrated by regulatory blocks that prevented him from expanding into the Sydney market, Murdoch sold WIN and purchased a 46% share in Ten Sydney.
In 1979, Murdoch made an unsuccessful takeover bid for the Melbourne-based The Herald and Weekly Times media group, which owned HSV-7. Although the bid failed, he gained a 50% stake in Ansett, which thus gave him control of channel 0 in Melbourne. In 1979, 0/10 first aired the soap opera Prisoner, a huge ratings success. On 20 January 1980, the 0/10 Network became known as Network Ten to reflect ATV moving from channel 0 to channel 10 – although the Brisbane station continued to broadcast as TVQ-0 until 10 September 1988 when the station changed to TVQ-10. In 1987 Adelaide's Network Ten affiliate and Seven Network affiliate negotiated to exchange affiliation rights and channel frequencies due to ownership problems. On 27 December 1987, the exchange came into effect and ADS-7, owned by the same owners as the main Network Ten stations, became ADS-10 with SAS-10 converting to SAS-7, operated by TVW-7 in Perth; when Murdoch became an American citizen in 1985 so that he could expand his media empire in the United States, Australia's media ownership laws obliged him to dispose of the flagship television stations, which were sold to The Northern Star, an offshoot of the Westfield Group conglomerate controlled by property tycoon Frank Lowy.
However, Westfield was badly hit by the stock market crash of 1987, in 1989 sold Network Ten to a consortium led by Charles Curran and form
Perfect Match (Australian game show)
Perfect Match Australia is an Australian dating game show based on the format of the American game show The Dating Game. Perfect Match was produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation, it aired on Network Ten for 30 minutes most weekdays from 5:30pm between 1984 and 1989. The format was revived in Australia for subsequent programs Blind Date based on its US counterpart on Network Ten in 1991, again a revised version of Perfect Match this time airing on the Seven Network in 2002; the show featured the same format as international versions The Dating Game and Blind Date, with a contestant determining their "perfect match" by asking three potential suitors of the opposite sex hidden behind a screen a number of scripted compatibility questions. Each episode featured two different rounds. One featured a male asking questions of three unseen females, the other had one female asking questions of three male contestants. Viewers of the show could see all contestants throughout each round; the questions—along with the answers contestants gave—aimed for comedy and were imbued with sly innuendo.
After three questions the contestant would choose their preferred partner based on the answers they had given, would be revealed to the contestant, both the contestant and selected match, would win the prize of a holiday to be taken together. After this the partner with the highest "compatibility score", based on responses to interview questions prior to the game, specially calculated by a computerized robot called Dexter, would be revealed, although this would have no effect on the game itself or the actual awarding of prizes; each episode included a recap of the holiday taken by an earlier couple. The segment included footage of their weekend away, along with edited highlights of video interviews with each individual in isolation after returning home, which would be played to the couple as they were interviewed together in the studio. Sometimes unrevealed true feelings would be revealed when the video interviews were replayed; the Comedy Company character Kylie Mole once appeared on Perfect Match.
Another Comedy Company character, Con the Fruiterer's long suffering wife made an appearance on Blind Date. WWF professional wrestler Paul Roma made an appearance on Perfect Match. Perfect Match Australia was hosted by Greg Evans for the first two years. Through an oversight, Channel Ten forgot to renew his contract, so he was signed by Channel Nine who "warehoused" him. Cameron Daddo replaced him as host of Perfect Match from 1987 to 1988. After Daddo left the series, whose contract with Nine had expired, returned to Network Ten as host for the final season; the show featured hostesses Debbie Newsome, Tiffany Lamb and Kerrie Friend. After an initial relaunch returning in 1991 now known under the UK title of Blind Date the show was again hosted by Greg Evans with Nicky Buckley serving as hostess. Craig Huggins was the Narrator. Nicky Buckley was replaced by Swedish-born model Ankie Nordberg. Again known under its original title of Perfect Match a brief 2002 revival was hosted by Shelley Craft and Agro.
Radio broadcasters Max Rowley and Bruce Mansfield served as voice-over narraters. The original series featured Dexter — a "robot" that mathematically calculated the compatibility of the couple, voiced by Keith Scott. In the 2002 version, Agro fulfilled a similar role to Dexter in announcing the couples' compatibility scores. Like Peaches and Cream And a Coach and her Team Like the Sand and the Seas And the Birds and the Bees Like an Oyster and a Pearl And a Guy and a Girl What Have You Got? You Got a Perfect, Perfect Match!! It's a Perfect Match!! A short-lived version hosted by Butch Bradley and Tiffany Baragwanath aired on TV3 from 1989 until 1990, it followed the same format as the Australian version. Evans appeared as himself on a parody version of the show called Perfect Date in the 1999 comedy film The Craic. List of Australian television series Perfect Match Australia on IMDb Perfect Match Australia at TV.com Perfect Match at the National Film and Sound Archive