General TV History

In those four years, my viewing habits have changed greaaatly. The only time I watch television is for the news (and sport, barely).

An old shot of Nine News Sydney seen on “Australian Crime Stories” tonight.

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Some Channel Nine Movie Openers:
27/10/2001:

3/11/2001 clip includes Lineup/Sponsor Billboard


April or May 2002:
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Another Herald Sun “New on Ten” promo DVD, this time from 2007.
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(image goes to the eBay seller, not me)

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Tomorrow (March 26) is a significant day in the history of digital television in Australia. Anyone want to guess why? :wink:

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Network Ten launched One HD, as a 24-hour sports channel on Thursday 26 March 2009.

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First digital multichannel launched by a commercial FTA station. One HD began life as a sports channel before rebranding to an entertainment channel in 2011 and now 10 Bold from October last year.

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Yep, that’s correct. I asked because I wasn’t sure if anyone else on these forums still remembered the milestone 10 years on! :slight_smile:

Of course One HD was the first of five digital multichannels to launch in 2009, with SBS TWO (June 1, replacing SBS World News Channel & now SBS VICELAND), GO! (August 9, now 9Go!), 7TWO (November 1, also the only which hasn’t had a name change of these five) and ABC3 (December 4, now ABC ME) also starting that year.

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From today 10 years ago on 10HD

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I wonder how long it was after One HD started that Lachlan Murdoch decided the channel was a threat to Foxtel and decided to charge in and kill it?

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Wasn’t it about about 18 months or so? From memory, non-sports programming started to creep into the schedule even before the SD simulcast was dropped to make way for Eleven.

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Was it a threat though? Ratings were terrible.

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I had forgotten… :stuck_out_tongue:

But here is what went to air on that first night for One HD:

Ratings were not great but I think Murdoch just nobbled it before it became significant

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Didn’t Ten have plans to remedy that by raiding some of the sports rights Foxtel had secured for Fox Sports as renewals came up?

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I’ve never heard that.

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20 years ago, WIN Television also commenced operations on 26 march 1999 in Regional WA. Back in the early 1990s GWN was the sole commercial network in Regional & Remote Western Australia with Seven, Nine & TEN affilates. WIN Western Australia was a dual affiliate of Nine and TEN, hence GWN turned to become a sole Seven Affiliate.


Dual affiliation of Nine/TEN ended in 2010, with TEN West being launched. In mid-2016, WIN WA cut ties with Nine and gone to being a TEN affiliate.
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WIN for a short period of time O&O’ed NWS Adelaide and STW-9 Perh before selling them to Nine in 2013.

First step in Bruce’s failed plan to takeover the Nine Network from PBL media

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That was always the speculation: Ten would come in for the next round of rights, and try to build One that way.

From memory, the NRL and AFL were about half way through their current contracts, and the EPL was off in the distance too. So, it did seem a stretch to believe that Ten could wait it out that long.

Also, didn’t events on the anti-siphoning list have to be simulcast on the analogue and SD channels back then?

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Imagine what it would be like if WIN Corporation owner, Mr Bruce Gordon took over Nine Sydney, Nine Melbourne, Nine Brisbane and Nine Darwin. Things will be completely different with their on-air looks. Thankfully, I was very happy that Nine severed ties with WIN TV because they didn’t follow suit with Nine reinstating dots.

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But we’d get premium programming like Kojack, Colombo an Tom Sellleck’s Magnum PI on Nine metro stations every Saturday night.

I never realised the original season one of Magnum PI had a different opening theme to the seasons that followed. I would never have known this if I hadn’t been in a household with Magnum playing on the TV last weekend. Thanks for enlightening me, Bruce!

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