TV Week

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For the Canadian television magazine, see TVWeek. For the similarly named American television magazine, see TelevisionWeek.
TV Week
2014 TV Week Cover.jpg
April 2014
Year founded December 1957
Company Bauer Media Group
Country Australia
Website tvweek.ninemsn.com.au

TV Week is a weekly television magazine in Australia, first published as a Melbourne-only publication in December 1957 (as TV-Radio Week), and bearing a strong affiliation to television station GTV.

The publication is still publishing weekly. In its current format it previews upcoming storylines for popular television programs shown in Australia, and reports on some musical acts. As well as featuring interviews and a full weekly program guide with highlights.

History[edit]

The first issue to published covered the week 5–11 December 1957, with popular GTV-9 performers Geoff Corke and Val Ruff featured upon the cover. In 1958, the title was shortened to TV Week and circulation expanded to Sydney, then the only other TV market in Australia, in June. At the close of that year, Melbourne readers of TV Week were invited to vote for their favourite TV personalities and programmes. Graham Kennedy and Panda Lisner from GTV's In Melbourne Tonight were voted Melbourne's most popular TV personalities. Kennedy then named the awards the Logies, after the inventor of the first working television system, John Logie Baird. By June 1958, TV Week had a competitor, TV Times, published by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC). TV Week continued to expand publication as television launched in other capital cities and regional areas across Australia.

The magazine introduced colour internal pages in 1962, moving to gloss colour covers and internal pages in 1967. As a final evolutionary stage, the magazine doubled size from A5 to A4 in July 1968.

In 1980, TV Week merged with rival publications TV Times and the Australian version of TV Guide. The revamped publication continued to be known as TV Week, and was now a joint venture between Kerry Packer's Australian Consolidated Press (who had bought out the former TV Times from the ABC) and Southdown Press (later Pacific Publications), with the latter publishing the magazine on behalf of both parties. In 2002, Packer effectively bought TV Week out of the joint venture. A legal battle over the custody of the magazines Logie Awards followed as both Australian Consolidated Press and Pacific Publications claimed ownership. Pacific wanted to use the Logies to promote their new rival TV listing What's On Weekly. Packer won the battle and the Logies remain connected to TV Week.

Criticism[edit]

In 2013, TV Week received criticism from Neighbours actress Kym Valentine for focusing more on the show's long-time rival, Home and Away.[1] Valentine tweeted to TV Week, saying: "Why don't you give Neighbours as much coverage as Home and Away? The fans are asking for it? Bring back the love xx."[1]

TV Week Soap Extra[edit]

In 2014, Bauer Media published a one-off special titled TV Week Soap Extra, which previewed the 2014 storylines from various soap operas, including Neighbours, Home and Away, and The Bold and the Beautiful.[2] On 14 July 2014, Bauer Media confirmed that they would be launching TV Week Soap Extra as a fortnightly magazine dedicated to the storylines of Australian and overseas soaps and dramas.[3] It is edited by TV Week deputy editor Erin McWhirter.[3] The 68 page magazine is published on a Thursday and costs $3.95. The first issue will be available from 31 July.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lallo, Michael (17 October 2013). "Axed Neighbours star Kym Valentine takes 'long hard fight' to Twitter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Idato, Michael (9 January 2014). "Prisoner X series on the way". The Age. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Sinclair, Lara (14 July 2014). "Bauer eye on extra soap for TV lovers". The Australian. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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