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Papers relating to broadcasting in Papua New Guinea, 1946-1964 [microform]
Bib ID 5781085
Format MicroformMicroform, ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Luck, Geoffrey, 1931-
 
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Description [1946-1964] 
4 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. 
Series

PMB (Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau) ; 1343.

Summary

Australian Broadcasting Commission, Papua New Guinea Branch administrative files on news services, the native Peoples' Session, appointments of journalists, Bougainville corrrespondents, the Advisory Council on Broadcasting, Legislative Council broadcasting, and television issues and other matters, 1946-1964.

Biography/History

Geoffrey Luck was born in Warwick, Queensland in 1931. He began his time in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea as an ABC radio journalist and went on to become the news editor from 1962 to 1966. As part of the general support for Papua New Guinea independence by Australian radio journalists in the Territory, Luck was responsible for training five local journalists, Boe Arua and Christian Rangatin in the first year, Ovia Toua and Charlie Ketsimur in the next year, and finally Mark Auhova. Ovia Toua subsequently became head of the PNG Broadcasting Corporation. Luck also introduced an English news service for local school leavers.

Established in 1944, the original radio station was officially opened by General Douglas MacArthur and was a medium-wave broadcasting service for the armed forces. At that time the station was staffed by Australian and American army personnel and controlled by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the Post Master General's Department. The ABC took over the radio station from the military in 1946, and began broadcasting from Port Moresby on 1 July 1946.

Initially the broadcasts were primarily targeted at an expatriate audience. By the early 1960s access to low cost transitor radios by locals and an increase in programs broadcast in Police Motu, Pidgin and Kuanua (a language local to Rabaul) meant that the ABC radio service reached a wider audience. The ABC continued to broadcast across the Territory, opening 9RB Rabaul in 1962, until self-government commenced on 1 December 1973. In 1974, Radio Australia established a service for Papua New Guinea listeners, run from Melbourne by Papuans, that delivered programs in both English and Pidgin.

Notes

Microfilmed from originals held at: Pacific Research Archives, ANU Archives Program, Australian National University, Canberra.

Related Material Australian Broadcasting Commission, Papua New Guinea Branch, Territory news bulletins; Located at; National Library of Australia Main Reading Room – Newspapers and Family History at mfm PMB 1320. 
Reproduction Microfilm. Canberra, A.C.T. : Produced for the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Australian National University. 4 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. 
Subjects Luck, Geoffrey, 1931- -- Archives.  |  Australian Broadcasting Commission -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Radio journalists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Radio journalists -- Papua New Guinea -- Archives.  |  Radio stations -- Papua New Guinea.  |  Broadcasting -- Papua New Guinea.
Time Coverage 1946-1964 
Occupation Broadcasters.
Other authors/contributors Australian Broadcasting Commission. Papua New Guinea Branch  |  Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

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