The biggest hit was the News
Instant news every night.
Charles 'Chuck' Faulkner
Apart from having your own cinema in your lounge room the biggest impact was seeing the nightly news. 
Stories from around your city that had happened that day. International items flown in from overseas as quickly as possible. World events at your fingertips.
  

Videotape hadn't arrived yet so film cameramen were used by the Cinesound newsreel company to shoot stories requested by Channel 9 News. Fast processing and editing would have the items ready to be rushed to Channel 9 studio for the 6.45pm timeslot. 

The first News telecast didn't go to air until the night following the opening night. Monday 17th September at 7.00pm for fifteen minutes was the birth of live television news. It was a black tie presentation and remained so for some years. The top stories of the day were air mailed filmed pictures of a bombing and street fighting in Cyprus, the finish of the postal strike in New South Wales, the visit by an RAF Vulcan 'V' Bomber from England, the Olympic swimming trials and a coverage of the Rugby Union final.


Chuck was the first newsreader on Australian television. Born in Ireland he served in the military during WWII and turned to acting when he arrived in Australia. He had some success in radio with his Irish-American twang which he developed as a sportscaster in America.
Chuck also presented the weather report and forecast.
For the first time a full explanatory visual presentation of weather patterns and forecasts were seen. Chuck remained the main newsreader at Ch 9 from 1956 to 1964.
Chuck had various fortunes following his departure from Ch 9 and died aged 78 on 4th December 2000 in Virginia Beach, Virginia USA.

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson AM a New Zealand born radio journalist/actor took over the reins of weekend news anchorman from January 1957. Known affectionally as 'Hendo' he hosted the Australian version of Bandstand from 1958 until 1972. He also holds the record for the longest serving television news presenter having read either the weekend or the weeknight news on TCN 9 from January 1957 until his retirement in 2002.


Co-incidentally this photo was taken on the first night of his 1957 weekend news telecast. The Cameraman is Brian C. Morelli who went on to eventual produce and direct Brian Henderson's Bandstand.
John Godson
John Godson was the orginal booth announcer of Ch 9. He was the first voice to be heard on television during the test transmissions leading up to the opening night. He preceded  the opening night telecast "This is Television" with the following announcement;

"This is television station TCN Channel 9, owned and operated by Television Corporation, 168 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Transmitting on 195 to 202 megacycles per second from Artarmon Road, Willoughby, with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts - vision - and 20,000 watts - sound"


John's career ran parallel to Hendos during the very early years.  He presented some weekend news telecasts and hosted a live studio audience participation program entitled “ TV Disc Jockey .“  This show often has been incorrectly identified as the forerunner to Bandstand. An audience dancing participation show it was. The only relevance to the eventual Bandstand program was the timeslot. A complete history of the shows and Hendo’s role in it is detailed later.