GTK (TV series)
|Presented by||No presenter|
|Opening theme||GTK theme (composed by Hans Poulsen)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||1000+|
|Running time||ten minutes (daily from Monday to Thursday, at 6.30 pm)|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||August 4, 1969 – 1974|
|Followed by||Funky Road|
The series title was an acronym of the phrase "Get To Know". GTK is one of several popular music programs produced by the ABC, and like the later establishment of Double Jay, GTK was created to address the perception that the Australian youth audience was being poorly served by commercial radio and TV and that international music and especially Australian popular music was allegedly being ignored by commercial TV and radio at that time.
GTK premiered on 4 August 1969 and ran until 1974, after which it was superseded by the weekly show Countdown. The first series of GTK was directed by TV and event director Ric Birch. Because full-time colour television transmissions was not introduced in Australia until early 1975, most of GTK was shot on black-and-white film or videotape, although some segments of programs ca. 1974 are known to have been shot in colour.
GTK ran for ten minutes and was broadcast daily from Monday to Thursday, at 6.30 pm just before the ABC's rural soap opera Bellbird. GTK's magazine-style format included interviews, reports, music film-clips (music videos) and occasional footage of local and visiting international acts in concert.
A feature of every episode was the daily live-in-the-studio performance segment, especially recorded by GTK. These segments featured notable and lesser-known Australian acts of the period. The band chosen as featured group for the week would often record their own 'cover' version of the GTK theme (composed by Hans Poulsen), which was played at the start of each of the programs.
These live performance segments were filmed in Studio 21 at the ABC's Gore Hill complex, which had originally been used for drama during the early days of live-to-air production. Groups were called in early on Monday mornings, and four songs/pieces were recorded, with one segment broadcast each day. Another aspect that makes this GTK footage important is that many of the bands were asked to play material from their live repertoire—including cover versions—rather than their current or recent hit song/s, since it was felt that the groups would perform these better and because it would show off other facets of their music. It is believed that because these live performances were filmed (and later transferred to videotape for broadcast) most of this footage was preserved, despite the fact that all of the broadcast master tapes were later erased.
It was thought for many years that most of the videotapes of the program had been erased during an ABC economy drive in the late 1970s, but recent discoveries at the ABC, notably during and after the closure of the old Gore Hill studio complex in Sydney, have revealed that much of the series (including location pieces and in-the-studio performances) was shot on film and then transferred to video. Recent estimates from the ABC indicate that as much as 90 percent of the series has survived, although regrettably most of the first year of the show was only videotape, which has since been erased.
Recent discoveries have included GTK interviews with Pete Townshend and Marc Bolan and colour footage of Lou Reed's 1974 Sydney concert (including one of the earliest known films of Reed performing "Walk on the Wild Side") and his disengaged Sydney press conference, which features noted Australian television journalist Ian Leslie.
- Page 204, Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85, By David Nichols, ...Germaine Greer spoke to Led Zeppelin on a Sydney Harbour ferry in 1972....
- "Television for teens and twenties". The Canberra Times. 43, (12,381). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 4 August 1969. p. 13. Retrieved 24 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia., ...Other features include...a segment with Melbourne singer and composer, Hans Poulsen, who wrote the bright GTK theme...
- GTK's 1000th episode., Flickr, Teenage rock program 'GTK' celebrated its 1000th episode on 1st May,1973. (From left): John Hollands (film editor), Bernie Cannon (producer), Stephen McLean (interviewer), Adriane Hewson (production assistant), Albie Thoms (associate producer) and Violet Hamilton (interviewer). ABC Reference ID: abc.net.au/photo/DP025343
- http://australianscreen.com.au/chronology/1960s/ Australian Screen
- Rewind - Funky Road Follows Lindsay Kemp, 1971, ABC iview, In 1976, GTK was reincarnated as the longer, later Funky Road. This footage profiles Lindsay Kemp, the director, performer and muse of David Bowie's, during the production of his brilliantly bizarre Glebe show, Flowers.