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History of popular culture television timeline in Australia

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  • 1920s

  • 1930s

  • 1940s

  • 1950s

  • 1950s

  • 1950s

  • 1950s

    Test transmissions commence in Sydney on TCN-9 in monochrome.Melbourne commences test transmissions in monochrome.TCN-9 Sydney launches at 7pm. Introduction of This is Television.TCN-9 officially opens.HSV-7 Melbourne officially launches.The Australian Broadcasting Commission begins television broadcasting with ABN-2 Sydney.
    Melbourne's ABV-2 launches.Summer Olympics in Melbourne commence, televised by ABV-2&HSV-7 and during GTV-9 test transmissions.
  • 1950s

  • 1950s

    Melbourne and Sydney are linked by microwave for the first time, allowing programs to be broadcast live to both cities concurrently. Mr. Squiggle and Friends begins on ABC.QTQ-9 Brisbane begins transmission.NWS-9 Adelaide officially launches.TVW-7 Perth launches.BTQ-7 Brisbane launches.ABQ-2 Brisbane launches.
  • 1960s

    11 March: ABS-2 Adelaide launches.
    7 May: ABW-2 Perth begins transmission.
    23 May: TVT-6 Hobart opens, bringing television to Tasmania.
    4 June: ABT-2 Hobart commences broadcasting.
  • 1960s

    19 August: Current affairs program Four Corners begins on ABC.[21]
    9 December: GLV-10 Traralgon is the first regional station to open.
    23 December: BCV-8 launches in Bendigo while GMV-6 began in Shepparton.
  • 1960s

    NBN-3 Newcastle begins broadcasting.CBN-8 Orange launches.WIN-4 Wollongong begins.BTV-6 Ballarat begins transmission.RTN-8 Lismore begins broadcasting.TNT-9 begins transmission to Launceston and northern Tasmania.CTC-7 Canberra officially commences transmissions.Frank Packer (owner of TCN-9 Sydney) buys GTV-9 Melbourne, forming the National Television Network, the first in the country.DDQ-10 Toowoomba begins transmission.TNQ-7 launches in Townsville.ABC-3 Canberra launches.
  • 1960s

    7 September: RTQ-7 Rockhampton begins broadcasting.
  • 1960s

    19 June: RVN-2 Wagga Wagga launches.
    1 August: ATV-0, Melbourne's third commercial station, launches.
    7 September: AMV-4 Albury commences broadcasting.
  • 1960s

    NRN-11 Coffs Harbour begins broadcasting.TEN-10 Sydney begins transmission.WBQ-8 Wide Bay/Maryborough and NEN-9 Tamworth begin transmission.NRN-11 Coffs Harbour begins broadcasting.STW-9 Perth opens.TVQ-0 Brisbane launches.
    26 July: SAS-10 Adelaide launches.NEN-9 Tamworth begins transmission.STV-8 Mildura launches.Australia's first regional television network is formed when CWN-6 Dubbo opens as a direct relay of CBN-8 Orange.MTN-9 Griffith commences transmission.
  • 1960s

    25 March: SES-8 Mount Gambier officially launches.
    18 July: Play School begins on ABC
    27 May: ECN-8 Taree launches.
    7 September: FNQ-10 begins transmission in and around Cairns.
  • 1960s

    10 March: BTW-3 Bunbury becomes the first regional television station in Western Australia.
    10 April: ABC TV current affairs program This Day Tonight premieres.
    15 June: Test colour television transmissions are made for the first time in Australia by ATV-0.
  • 1960s

  • 1970s

    Long running US children's educational series Sesame Street begins on ABC.
    VEW-8 Kalgoorlie begins broadcasting.
    ABD-6 launches as Darwin's first television station.
    TQ-8 Mount Isa begins broadcasting. Oct: Hey Hey It's Saturday starts off as a Saturday morning cartoon programme for children on Nine Network.
    A Current Affair, hosted by Mike Willesee, makes its first appearance on the Nine Network.Nov: NTD-8 is officially launched by Administrator of the Northern Territory, Fred Chaney.
  • 1970s

  • 1970s

    In 1973, the only Australian designed and made precision colour television monitor, was produced for local use and international export. The broadcast quality monitor (LDN5006) was developed by Willem Sparrius, Project Engineer at Philips subsidiary company Electronics Engineering Communications and produced at their South Oakleigh plant.
  • 1970s

  • 1970s

    1 March: At midnight, colour television is introduced across the country. The main networks celebrate with their own unique slogan - Come to Colour (ABC TV), Seven Colors Your World (Seven Network), Living Color (Nine Network) and 0 - First in Color (0-10 Network).
  • 1970s

  • 1970s

  • 1970s

  • 1980s

  • 1980s

  • 1980s

  • 1980s

  • 1980s

    18 February: Network 0-28 once again changes its name to SBS, and begins daytime transmissions. 4 March: ABC National, a one-hour national news and current affairs program shown from 6.30 pm, replaces ABC TV's half-hour 7.00pm state news bulletins. 18 March: Soap opera Neighbours begins on the Seven Network. 30 June: SBS Television expands into Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Wollongong, and the Gold Coast. 24 October: The ABC Board elects to abandon ABC National.
  • 1980s

    5 January: SBS Television phases out its second VHF 0 channel. 16 March: SBS launches in Perth and Hobart. 19 August: Treasurer Paul Keating, in his budget speech, announces the amalgamation of the ABC and SBS.
  • 1980s

    26 March: Bob Hawke calls off the proposed amalgamation of the ABC and SBS. 17 April: Rage begins on ABC. 27 December: Adelaide stations SAS-10 and ADS-7 swap frequencies to become SAS-7 and ADS-10.
  • 1980s

    2 January: Imparja Television launches in remote eastern and central Australia from studios in Alice Springs. 17 January: Home and Away premieres on the Seven Network as a two-hour pilot and begins as a regular weeknight soap opera the following evening. 20 May: NEW-10 launches in Perth. 10 September: TVQ-0 Brisbane becomes TVQ-10.
  • 1980s

    31 March: Aggregation begins in southern New South Wales.
  • 1990s

    Imparja Television begins producing 15-minute local news bulletins inserted into its National Nine News simulcast, entitled Imparja Local News.Long running children's wrapper programme Saturday Disney which airs television shows from The Walt Disney Company begins on Seven Network.Children's TV series Johnson and Friends begins on ABC.WIN Television purchases Network Ten affiliate-to-be Star Television and switches its affiliation to the Nine Network for Queensland.
  • 1990s

    10 February: US animated comedy series The Simpsons begins on Network Ten. 14 June: SBS TV is permitted by the government to broadcast five minutes of advertising per hour, as a form of additional funding. 31 December: Northern New South Wales is aggregated.
  • 1990s

    Aggregation begins to take place in Victoria.Midday news program The World at Noon is launched on ABC TV.Former Europe correspondent for the ABC Ian Henderson takes over as newsreader for the 7.00 pm weeknights ABC News in Victoria.An educational television series for children called Lift Off begins being broadcast on ABC every Friday afternoon.Children's TV series Bananas in Pyjamas begins on ABC.Parliament passes a bill permitting the ABC to provide subscription television services.
  • 1990s

  • 1990s

    Southern Cross Broadcasting purchases Canberra-based station Capital Television. 20 May: Darwin is the last capital city to begin receiving SBS. 30 April: Tasmania is aggregated, as a two-station market. 31 July: Community station Briz 31 commences transmission. October: WIN Television expands into Victoria and Tasmania, purchasing ENT Limited, owners of TasTV and Vic Television. 6 October: Community station C31 Melbourne launches.
  • 1990s

    26 January: Galaxy launches Australia's first subscription television service on MMDS. 19 September: Australia's first cable TV provider, Optus Vision, begins broadcasting. 22 October - Foxtel was founded and introduced into Australia. 4 December: State editions of The 7.30 Report are merged into a single national program, presented from Sydney by Kerry O'Brien.
  • 1990s

    Prime Television expands into Mildura as PTV-31, after being granted the area's second commercial licence. December: Prime Television purchases the Golden West Network for $71 million.
  • 1990s

    8 July: Ownership of Australia Television International moves from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to the Seven Network. December: Prime Television Limited purchases Canal 9 in Argentina.
  • 1990s

    UK children's television series Teletubbies begins on ABC.TND-34 Darwin, a Seven Network affiliate[,Shane Stone.Drama SeaChange begins on ABC.The WIN Corporation acquires MTN-9 Griffith and supplementary licence AMN-31.The Wiggles' television show is launched on Seven Network.Prime Television New Zealand is launched, owned by Prime Television's parent company Prime Television Limited.Pokémon begins on Network Ten.The Disney Channel Australia premieres a TV special
  • 1990s

    26 March: WOW, regional Western Australia's second commercial television network owned by WIN Television, launches.
    18 June: Perth community station Access 31 officially commences transmission.
    15 August: WIN South Australia is established following the buyout SES-8 Mount Gambier and RTS-5A Loxton by WIN Corporation.
    31 December: ABC is the Australian broadcaster of the global television event 2000 Today.
  • 2000s

    15 September: The 2000 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony is broadcast by the Seven Network - one of the highest-rating programs ever shown on Australian television.
  • 2000s

    Digital terrestrial television is introduced to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.Prime Television axes local news services in Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle.Southern Cross Broadcasting acquires Telecasters Australia, gaining control of Ten Queensland, Ten Northern NSW, Seven Darwin and Seven Central.ABC Television launches its first digital-only multichannel, ABC Kids.Fly TV launches, sharing bandwidth with ABC Kids.Ten Capital's local news bulletin.
  • 2000s

    18 February: Prime Television New Zealand and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited form a partnership for the supply of Nine Network programming to the New Zealand network.
    1 April: Southern Cross Broadcasting acquires Spencer Gulf Telecasters, gaining control of Central GTS/BKN in parts of regional South Australia and Broken Hill.
    22 June: The SBS World News Channel is officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston.
  • 2000s

    22 May: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation decides to close the ABC Kids and Fly TV channels. 22 December: Tasmanian Digital Television, a Network Ten affiliate, launches.
  • 2000s

    17 March: Trial datacast service Digital Forty Four begins in Sydney. 23 April: Community station C31 Adelaide launches. 18 July: Senator Helen Coonan becomes the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
  • 2000s

    ABC2 launches with an episode of Landline at 6.35 am.
    ABC2 is officially inaugurated by Senator Helen Coonan, at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra.
    The Australian Broadcasting Authority and Australian Communications Authority are replaced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
    Community station Television Sydney commences broadcasting.
    The Australian Government renews ABC Television's contract to manage the Asia Pacific television service for five years.
  • 2000s

    1 January: Mildura Digital Television, a Network Ten affiliate, launches.
    8 February: Prime Television Limited sells Prime Television New Zealand to Sky Television for NZ$30 million.
    18 July: Play School celebrates 40 years
    16 September: Australian Television's 50th anniversary.