In 1952 the last 18 seconds of Charles Williams's Majestic Fanfare became the news theme of the ABC, Australia's government-owned broadcaster. It was later reduced to a 9-second version, and was twice re-orchestrated in the 1980s, notably by Richard Mills in 1988. The Majestic Fanfare excerpt has been used in one form or another on ABC Radio to this day
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 from the ABC website [archived page].
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.
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.
Listen: Audio interview with the creators of the JJJ news theme, Paul Mckercher and John Jacobs from the ABC’s 30 Years of Triple J: News Theme [archived from defunct page].