ALL STAR LINE-UP FOR TV TURNS 50:

THE EVENTS THAT STOPPED A NATION

30 August 2006

Channel Seven will celebrate television's 50 th birthday on the actual anniversary weekend, Sunday September 17, with a three hour live black tie event at Star City Casino in Sydney .

TV TURNS 50: THE EVENTS THAT STOPPED A NATION will be hosted by Australia 's number one breakfast duo MELISSA DOYLE and DAVID KOCH and will be broadcast around the country.

KOCHIE and MEL will be joined by special guest hosts including Hollywood A-List stars WILL FERRELL and Oscar nominee JOHN C. REILLY. The DADDO brothers will also be reunited with CAMERON flying out from LA to join ANDREW and LOCHIE live on stage.

Other well known Australian identities taking part in the spectacular event include BUD TINGWELL, LISA McCUNE, MALCOLM FRASER, LINDY CHAMBERLAIN-CREIGHTON, STUART DIVER, ALAN BOND, DENISE DRYSDALE, NIKKI WEBSTER, SUSIE O'NEILL, MOLLY MELDRUM, BABY JOHN BURGESS, GLENN A BAKER, THE WIGGLES and AGRO just to name a few .

The evening will begin with all the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, hosted by SONIA KRUGER, and will then continue with the countdown of the top 20 TV moments from the past half-century as voted by the Australian public.

While the 20 moments will be kept secret until the night, they cover a broad spectrum of events - everything from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, sporting triumphs, and moments that touched our hearts. Every moment includes interviews with people who were there - first hand accounts of events that changed our lives.

During the evening there will be a reunion of the original A Country Practice cast plus live performances from GUY SEBASTIAN, THE WHITLAMS, GANGGAJANG, ERIKA HEYNATZ, THE YOUNG DIVAS, CHRISTINE ANU and a special tribute to Elvis Presley by DAVID CAMPBELL and HUMAN NATURE. Also singing on the night are Channel Seven stars ANDREW O'KEEFE, SIMON REEVE, MARK FURZE and TIM CAMPBELL.

For the very first time, the four judges from Dancing with the Stars - TODD McKENNEY, PAUL MERCURIO, HELEN RICHEY and MARK WILSON - will take to the floor. They will be supported by Chong Lim and his full orchestra.

The finale is not to be missed either. More than 70 performers will take to the stage including the Australian Youth Choir and Gold Logie winner JOHN WOOD on lead vocals.

TV TURNS 50: THE EVENTS THAT STOPPED A NATION

will be shown exclusively on Seven on Sunday September 17