Australia's Amateur Hour
|Australia's Amateur Hour|
|Location(s)||Homebush West, New South Wales|
|Original network||Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia)|
Australia's Amateur Hour was an important early Australian radio program in the form of a talent contest, which was broadcast from 1940 to 1958, which also aired briefly on television from 1957 to 1958.
The television version was compered by Terry Dear, and ran from August 1957 to February 1958. It aired on TCN-9 in Sydney and HSV-7 in Melbourne. The success of the radio version didn't translate onto television, with the television version closing after only seven months, and the radio version shortly after.
Some episodes of the radio version are held by National Film and Sound Archive. Although the television version was kinescoped so it could be shown in both Sydney and Melbourne, it is not known if any such recordings still exist today.
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