NAT turns 30 in November 2020!

Published on February 14, 2019

NAT 30 years in 2020 page.

Welcome to the Northern Access Television 30 years page!  This page will be updated with information on special activities associated with our upcoming 30th Anniversary!

Northern Access Television first went to air as a “Test Broadcaster” on 26th November 1990.  The low powered TV transmission was seen in the Preston, Reservoir and West Heidelberg areas.  This marked the start of the group’s broadcasts, which, of course, moved across to the current C31 service in 1994, and have been on air ever since!.

The following activities are planned at this time for the 30th Anniversary.

To keep updated, please join our 30th Birthday Contact Facebook Group
or email Michael Costello :-

NOTE: Revised plans for the anniversary year as below.  “TV Special” to now be a special series of “NAT Chat” interviews & the “Book” project to now be a special edition of “NAT Matters” newsletter.

NAT 30 years celebration – NEW DATE:-
Saturday, 13th February 2021 at 4pm
@ Thornbury Community Church

PLEASE NOTE:- This event has been postponed, and is now to be held on the above date.

This event will be open to all past and present NAT members, volunteers, producers and supporters.  To let us know your interest in attending, please use the Event Facebook page, or contact Michael Costello by email:-

Further details of this event are “to be advised….”

Suggestions for the “Celebration Night” welcome to Michael at

Event Pre-Meeting – Sunday January 24th @ 2pm.

A Pre-Meeting will be held via ZOOM on January 24th at 2pm.  This will be for persons interested in contributing to the planning of the Celebration Night.  Further details of this meeting will be available closer to the meeting.

“NAT Chat” – Origins series.

The “NAT Chat” program will return in the coming months, with a special series of programs featuring interviews with various people who have made up Northern Access Television in the past, and a number of our current members, to be called “NAT Chat – Origins”.

Production on the new series of programs will start from late January/early February, and hopefully will start airing on C31 Melbourne around May.  The finished episodes will also be archived with written information about each person on the new NAT History website.

If you are asked to take part in one of the interviews, please consider the request, as we would like to talk to a wide variety of our past and present members as possible.
To express interest in taking part in the new series, or to book an interview time, please contact David McLauchlan – email – Mobile:- 0430 314 213

Special edition of “NAT Matters” newsletter.

We will be publishing a “Special” edition of our November 2020 newsletter “NAT Matters”.  Contributions to this issue from past and present members are being called for.  To discuss possible content, please contact Michael –

Call for old NAT footage and still photos, etc.

If you have any old footage or photos of NAT programs, NAT people at work, etc, please let us know  –  if you can help,  please email Michael Costello :-

Digitising and Uploading a selection of “Test Transmission” Programs, and other NAT programs where available.

We are working on uploading a selection of “Test Transmission” programs from the early 1990s to a new YouTube “NAT history” channel.  To see what is uploaded, and to be alerted to new uploads, please subscribe at

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