The first children's show on television was Fun Farm. Hosted by Pat Mondel a small group of invited youngsters sat on a mat and watched cartoons. An early Television Preview described the show in the following manner;
The only "live" programme
for children is scheduled to begin early in November. It is called Children's Fun Farm, and is a variety show designed to interest children through a wide range of ages. TCN programme directors
say that puppets, cartoons (on film), and stories may be included in this show.A trained children's teacher will compere the programme and it may have a youthful studio audience. But this
point has not yet been settled. All children's programmes will fulfil the regulations of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board.
The programme commenced on Monday 29th October 1956. It had a short run finishing in
April 1957 in spite of receiving over 3000 letters per week from children hoping to attend.
Thus began the Channel 9 Pins hosted by Desmond Tester as the producer/compere. He was himself a child star in the United Kingdom. He brought
with him an enormous amount of experience.
Tester made his first stage appearance at the age of 12. Desmond's characters often met with doomed fates, in such early films as Midshipman Easy (1935), Tudor Rose (1936), The
Stars Look Down (1939) and Sabotage. He also appeared in The Drum (1938). He spent fifteen years at Channel Nine, taking charge of children's programming, and became more involved behind the scenes in production and publicity.