Would it not be a great idea to have ABC 3 run retro specials every weekend much like the late night time slots of ABC 1.
Then we would get to see all of the episodes of Countdown Rock Arena etc....
Come on I reckon this is a wicked idea....
Yes, if only.
I have been saying this for years. I wish ABC would get their act together!
If it wasn't for rage there wouldn't be any Countdown every January, but it is toooo long in between to wait!
ABC 3 should be playing at least 1 Countdown a week and Rock Arena!
Would love to see regular showings of Countdown or any other music show the ABC has done over the decades.
Although I have just read an article on the Crikey website about how copyright claims may make this impossible - a bit from the article...which mentions Countdown...
The ABC might not be able to preserve historically significant programs like episodes of Four Corners, Catalyst, Quantum and Compass, documentaries series like Liberals and Labor in Power, and state-based news programs, because copyright laws make it difficult to digitise such content without clearance from multiple copyright holders.
This comes from the ABC's response to the Australian Productivity Commissions Intellectual Property Arrangements public inquiry. Also at risk are some recordings of music and programs like Countdown, cricket broadcasts, and historical children's programming, such as Play School and Bananas in Pyjamas.
I think Crikey got their wires crossed slightly. Crikey's article would be pointing to release of these shows to the general public for sale - that's where a lot of the copyright hurdles come from. The ABC hold broadcast rights including repeats, but have to gain permission to release anything within a program that they don't hold rights to to the general public for sale.
The digitisation of Countdown occured well over 20 years ago when upgraded on air playback systems made themselves known, along with many other shows including GTK, Hitscene, Rock Arena etc etc, and as we know they have all been to air since. Those of you with the Countdown running sheets with included technical data will note a "Date Accessed" on each episode, with most being accessed in 1992.
Definitely digitised Nathan - countdown originated on 2 inch and 1 inch tape and the machines to run those are no longer in use both in on-air rooms and production suites. I would imagine a safety or some other source was used for Big City Talk.
When VH1 were showing Countdown Studio performances back around 2006/07 I recall them playing 'Big City Talk' and I didn't recall seeing a glitch in the performance then, so I thought it was strange that rage's airing had it. Must have been a technical issue at the ABC that night?