n July 1st, 1932, the newly formed Australian Broadcasting Commission opened its first federal head office in the Aeolian Hall at 264 Pitt Street, Sydney.
The building, rented from the Pitt Street Congregational Church, was renamed Broadcast House.
The ABC launched an independent news service on June 1st, 1947.
In 1959 the Church complained to its tenant about the noise rocker Johnny O'Keefe was making. They said his rock 'n' roll was drowning out choir practice.
ABC news bulletins were introduced by Advance Australia Fair from during World War 11 until the song succeeded God Save The Queen, becoming the national anthem in 1984.
March 2000 and the new managing director, succeeding Brian Johns, is Jonathan Shier.
June 2000 and the new head of news and current affairs is Max Uechtritz. He's the journo who, you will recall in 1987, was attacked by mourners at the funeral of crime boss Robert Trimbole at Smithfield.
Mr. Shier was flicked and replaced as Managing Director by Russell Balding on 2905/02.
Current Chairman of the ABC is Donald McDonald AO. Headquarters is at 700 Harris Street in Ultimo, Sydney.
It's now 2003 and you can listen to David Lord doing his sports segments on ABC NewsRadio at the weekends on AM630 in Sydney, AM1026 in Melbourne and AM936 in Brisbane. FM98 takes in Gosford and the Central Coast of NSW - visit www.abc.net.au/newsradio or look up David's Lord Nose column at www.telapages.com - and get the latest in world and Oz sport, sometimes before it even happens!
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