Mainstream television was launched on 16 September 1956 in Sydney, NSW with Nine Network station TCN-9-Sydney. The new medium was introduced by Bruce Gyngell with the words Good evening, and welcome to television, local programs, over the years, have included a broad range of comedy, sport, and in particular drama series, in addition to news and current affairs. Reports differ on whether the Telephane was successfully implemented, the first television broadcast in Australia took place on 30 September 1929 at the Menzies Hotel in Melbourne, using the electro-mechanical Radiovision system. Other transmissions took place in the city over the few weeks. Also in 1929, the Baird system was used on 3DB, after 18 months of test transmissions, regular broadcasts began in Brisbane on 6 May 1934 using a 30-line system, to an estimated 18 receivers around Brisbane. The test transmissions, which were of 1 hour duration each day, were made by Thomas M. B. Elliott, the programs included news headlines, still pictures and silent movies such as the temperance film Horrors of Drink. The Commonwealth Government granted a licence and permission to conduct experimental television by VK4CM. By 1935, it expanded to 180 lines, other experimental transmissions followed in other cities. Television commenced in the United States and in the United Kingdom after the end of World War II, the two countries developed radically different industry models, which were based on the models each used for radio broadcasting. British TV was dominated by the broadcasting corporation, the BBC. In June 1948, the Chifley Labor government opted to follow the British model and it decided to establish a government-controlled TV station in each capital city and called for tenders for the building of the six TV transmitters. The Broadcasting Act 1948 specifically prohibited the granting of commercial TV licences and this policy was never put into practice, however, because the Labor government did not have the opportunity to establish the TV network before it was defeated in December 1949. The economic situation at the time that TV was established in Australia exerted an influence on the foundation. The Menzies government was concerned about the viability of the new industry and worried that it might be called on to bail out struggling stations. TCN-9 Sydney began test transmissions on 16 September of that year, hSV7 Melbourne became the first television station to broadcast to viewers in Melbourne on 4 November, soon followed by ABV-2 then GTV9 on 19 January 1957. Sydney station ABN-2 also started broadcasting in November, All of these stations were operational in time for the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics opening ceremony, on 22 November 1956. An interview with Mrs Edna Everage was one of the programmes screened on HSV-7s first day of programming in 1956, the character went on to great success in the United Kingdom and later, the United States. Videotape technology was still in its infancy when Australian television was launched in 1956, for the first few years, the only available method for capturing TV programs was the kinescope process, in which a fixed movie camera filmed broadcasts screened on a specially adjusted TV monitor
Bruce Gyngell re-enacts his introduction to the first regular television broadcast service to the residents of Sydney on TCN-9.
Melbourne "housewife" Edna Everage (a comic creation of performing artist Barry Humphries), first appeared on Australian television in the 1950s.