My Old TV Guide Magazine

Do you keep your old TV guide magazines? My mother kept hers, above (176)  is just one of the many and she still had the 1st copy. Funny thing is that I don’t remember her buying those TV guide magazines and she is also not keen in watching TV programmes…

What so special about the above TV guide? Well that issue was published on 2 Jun 1984 and about 25 years ago. Coindentally, on the cover you can find the 25 years of Nation Building logo (1959 to 1984) and it was going to be National Day celebration in a month plus. I will talk about this Nation Buidling topic nearer to National Day.

But now, what were popular then? OK, video tapes were probably still popular as can be seen on the back cover page advertisement by TDK;

Now even you can hardly find a video cassette player on sale at Courts, Harvey or Best, etc.

Of course, my used to be idol Maggie Teng was very popular then as can be seen on the cover page. Not forgetting her 2 sisters Judy and ….(forgotten oh).

Let’s take a peek at the old TV programmes in the 80s;

Channel 5 and 8;

Even on Sunday, the Channel 5 started broadcasting at 8.30am and ended at 11.40pm, while Channel 8 from 2.30pm to 11.30pm. It was still SBC then and you can see at 8.30am, they are showng you the SBC Text (Teletext) on Channel 5, probably still new and promoting it then. Channel 8 programmes seem very boring also starting with sample pages of SBC Text. Lucky there was the afternoon Mandarin matinee at 3.25pm. Evening time was the Chinese variety show ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ at 8.30pm. Channel 8 ended early at 11.30pm. I wonder if they were trying to boost population then…else why the TV shows end so early before midnight?

Back then, Channel 3 and 10 (Malaysia channels) were also included in our TV guide including newspaper;

Oh before I forget, there was this ever changing channel – it was called Channel 12 at that time;

Do you still remember what was that Channel 12 for?

Browsing thru the guide, I saw this very popular car model back then;

And I believed Chun See and his gang will know what car was that haha.

Now there are so many types of TV guides from the various Channels. Example the iWeeklly from Channel 8;

or U guide and the English TV guide, but most of us will discard them after a week…

Before I end, the price of the 1984 176 issue TV guide was 50cents then, and 25 years later, the iWeekly price is $2 (though with 2 sets of magazines).

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13 Responses to “My Old TV Guide Magazine”


  1. 1 kelvin Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 12:19 am

    电视广播周刊!!accompanied me throughout my childhood cos my mum reads it too!! last time i can only see the pictures and my aunt has to read out the synopsis to me cos we are not allowed to watch the dramas at 7 and 9pm..

  2. 2 Timothy Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

    i think that car is a mazada 323 probably in the early 80s? It’s amazing your mom can collect so many things LKK? My mom threw away all my student world etc. In fact, i think it cost a bomb now to buy them probably at these 2nd hand bookshops, what with limited copies(most are turned to recylced paper).

  3. 4 laokokok Friday, July 17, 2009 at 7:49 am

    You are right Kelvin, this 电视广播周刊 seems to have accompanied most of us during our younger times.

  4. 5 J Cheung Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Channel 12 was launched for “cultural” programming.

  5. 6 London Caller Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Oh my God! Your Mum still keeps those old magazines at home?!
    The TV guide reminded me of 《一加一》!

    Back then, SBC8 was not 100% Chinese. I remember there were also some Tamil programmes! And it’s always Tamil News before my One Plus One dramas kicked off!!

    Alamak, so nostalgic!!

  6. 7 laokokok Friday, August 7, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I think I’ve forgotten about that 一加一. Thanks for the reminder London Caller.

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