It was once the famed Wentworth Detention Centre of Prisoner, but the Nunawading studios of Global Television is to be sold reports the Herald-Sun.
Principally the home of Channel TEN’s Melbourne base it has also housed Neighbours, Rove, Thank God You’re Here, Carson’s Law, Perfect Match, The Comedy Company, The Price is Right, The Box, Young Talent Time, Breakfast a Go Go, Matlock Police, Eyewitness News and The Early Bird Show.
It has been home to everyone from Jana Wendt to Deadly Earnest to Marty the Monster.
Global is looking to sell the site for housing, believed to be worth about $25m. Neighbours will be forced to relocate to inner-city studios. This would create production headaches in lost travel time for cast and crew working at the nearby Pin Oak Court houses in Vermont. But the biggest, direct threat for the show comes from potentially losing the exterior ‘Lassiters” sets, originally built for Holiday Island. TEN claims to have a secure contract until 2010.
Originally known as ATV-O it was the only purpose-built television studio in Melbourne until Seven’s new docklands precinct. It began transmission in 1964. TEN moved its smaller productions to its Como Studios in 1992 leasing the site for Neighbours and Rove (which moved to its new South Melbourne home in 2007).
It was also the first home of FOX FM.