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SURF INSTRUCTOR DROWNS AT PORT MACQUARIE

A man in his thirties has drowned in the surf at Lighthouse Beach at Port Macquarie on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. Police say the man went missing about 8.30 on Friday morning and his body was found washed up a short time later. It’s thought he may have been struck in the head by his surfboard. Police are yet to release the victim’s name.

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50 YEARS OF NBN: MISTER ARCHIVES- PHIL LLOYD

So far in this year’s series looking back on 50 years of NBN Television, we’ve brought you almost 50 flashbacks of the programs and people that have helped make the station what it is today. All those classic old clips wouldn’t have seen the light of day, if not for the dedication of a former NBN director, who’s spent the past five years preserving them.

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TV HISTORY MADE AS NBN SWITCHES OFF ANALOGUE

The changing way we use technology led to a milestone in television history on November 27. The original VHF signal that delivered NBN programs to our screens for 50 years was switched off, capping a generation of memories. This story features veteran engineer of 44 years service with NBN, George Hird and NBN’s Broadcast Technology Manager Stephen Brown.

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50 YEARS OF NBN: OLD FILM SHINES LIGHT ON HUNTER VALLEY

A documentary about the Hunter Valley that first went to air on NBN almost 50 years ago has resurfaced, thanks to the efforts of a keen Newcastle historian. Journalist Greg Ray has unearthed the 1963 film, that gives a unique insight into the valley’s industries and its people. The documentary “We Live In This Valley” was made by renowned cinematographer of the day Douglass Baglin.

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50 YEARS OF NBN; CHARLES AND DIANA VISIT – 1983

It’s time to open the vault as we look back on 50 years of NBN television. And with Prince Charles visiting Australia, we thought we’d take you back to 1983, when Charles and Diana visited Newcastle. It’s a day that the school children of the Hunter will never forget and NBN broadcast the spectacle live. Features commentary by Ray Dinneen and Kaye Duffy.

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50 YEARS OF NBN: FIRST NEWS CHOPPER

More gold from the vault as we celebrate fifty years of NBN television. In the late seventies, NBN took to the sky, pressing its first news helicopter into service. It revolutionised the news gathering process and brought a new perspective into our living rooms. This story features former NBN pilot Clive Lipscombe and former news cameraman Glenn Cook. It also pays tribute to the late John Dorney who piloted NBN’s first news helicopter.

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50 YEARS OF NBN: WALES RESCUE HELICOPTER

Time to open the vault as we celebrate 50 years of NBN Television. In 1975, when the surf life saving movement introduced helicopters to help save lives on our beaches, NBN’s cameras were there, and we’ve been along for the ride ever since. This story features veteran Westpac crewman Graham Nickisson and clips from Glenn Cook’s documentary for NBN (1997), Angels of Mercy.

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AUSTRALIA’S NUCLEAR LEGACY – 60 YEARS ON

Sixty years ago, Australia entered the nuclear age. In 1952, Liberal Prime Minister Bob Menzies agreed to let England test its new atomic bombs on a small island off Western Australia. It would be the first of many British nuclear tests on Australian soil, but many of our servicemen who were involved believe they’ve paid a hefty price. Reporter Paul Lobb has teamed up with 3-D graphics guru Dave Threlfo. Features RAAF veteran Ian Wilson.

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