QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
ABC News Theme (excerpt from 'The Majestic Fanfare')
(Charles Williams)
1952

The last 18 seconds of Charles Williams's Majestic Fanfare became the news theme of the ABC, Australia's government-owned broadcaster, in 1952. It was later reduced to a 9-second version, and was twice re-orchestrated in the 1980s, notably by Richard Mills in 1988.

Although The Majestic Fanfare has been used in one form or another on ABC Radio to this day, it was dropped for ABC-TV news in 1985. The latest ABC-TV News theme by Martin Armiger was launched in 2005 with the note that it was "retaining references to... The Majestic Fanfare".

References: 1. National Film and Sound Archive (includes audio of The Majestic Fanfare). 2. Wikipedia entry on The Majestic Fanfare.  

ABC: Not to be confused with the American TV network or with the defunct British TV company. This is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, originally the Australian Broadcasting Commission (1932-1983). See the history of ABC Radio at the ABC website.

QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA
The Majestic Fanfare
(Charles Williams)
UK 1943
Original version

First recording of a work written in 1935 by British violinist, light music conductor and film composer Charles Williams (1893-1978), conductor of the orchestra here.

Later versions:

VARIOUS
JJJ NEWS THEME
(Mix by Paul Mckercher with John Jacobs)
1990
Later version

The news theme for ABC's youth-oriented radio network Triple J includes original guitar, sound effects, samples from Prince and NWA, and a scratch of the last few seconds of The Majestic Fanfare, long familiar as the News theme on ABC radio.

Reference: Audio interview with Paul Mckercher and John Jacobs at 30 Years of Triple J: News Theme.

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