Nine - Goodbye to the birthplace of television, hello North Sydney

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 23 November 2020

Nine had its final broadcast from Willoughby, in Sydney's lower north shore, on Saturday.

This is where Bruce Gyngell became the first face and voice of Australian television in 1956 with the words: “Good evening, and welcome to television.”

The land has been sold for redevelopment and Nine on Sunday started at its new studios in North Sydney.

"It’s (Willoughby) been home to 60 Minutes, Today, Midday, and so many more," CEO Hugh Marks told staff in an email.

"As you know, media is an ever-changing industry and as we vacate our home, we move to a new era.

"Our purpose-built studios at Denison Street in North Sydney will place us at the forefront of our industry, not just in Australia, but across the world. The investment in new technologies for our studios is like no other company. We will function on a whole new level."Nine willoughby

The new complex brings together television, news, digital and radio.

"The aim of all this is for Nine Sydney to be a creative campus – one which will fundamentally change our business, how we operate and most importantly, how we collaborate," says Marks.

"While some things may change, others remain the same, and the talent, skill and passion you all have will only be enhanced by this new place as we continue to create incredible content that speaks to all Australians.

"Thank you for the memories you’ve all helped create. We’ve been making TV history for the past six decades, and next week that will not change. A new era, a new Nine. I hope you are as excited as I am."

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