Ken McKay wins WA Heritage Award for preserving television


Bull Creek resident Ken McKay has won a WA Heritage Award for preserving television
history. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d450425
Bull Creek resident Ken McKay has won a WA Heritage Award for preserving television history. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d450425

The awards, now in their 24th year, recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive re-use, promotion, tourism and interpretation.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob praised Mr McKay for his tireless work salvaging an important aspect of WA’s cultural history.

“Ken saw there was a risk that the history of the early television industry in WA might be lost,” Mr Jacob said.

“He set about collecting the stories, photographs and video footage and sharing them with the public through the website he founded.”

Working with TVW Channel 7 from 1962 and then at the ABC from 1973 to 1993, Mr McKay had a front row seat to the early days of television in WA.

Despite leaving the industry to start his own internet service provider, the Bull Creek resident never lost his passion for the small screen and now runs website watvhistory.com.

Mr McKay said he was pleased to have won the award and chronicling WA’s television and broadcasting past was a labour of love.

“I never really needed validation because the enjoyment I get from speaking with the broadcasting veterans is quite sufficient,” he said.

“Putting the website together was such a good time; the opportunity to catch up and mingle with old friends and colleagues was reward in itself. The Heritage Award is just an unexpected bonus.”

Mr McKay’s work is far from over, with the treasure trove of information stored on his website growing every month.