On This Day

They tried Rove as well in 1999, but in a late night slot. Didn’t work for Nine but it certainly worked out for Rove/Ten later on!


IIRC, Rove didn’t want to host additional projects that Nine had planned and chose to quit the network for Ten.

I also disagree that things ‘worked out’ for him at Ten. Yes, his talk show was a success, but let’s not forget that the show’s success also led him to the US with “Rove L.A.” His career went ‘full circle’ when he quit his show because he didn’t want it to be turned into a Hey Hey It’s Saturday style format. Ironically, he later attempted, failed, and returned from the US to make his TV return hosting a Hey Hey style format, which bombed in the ratings.

Being a fill-in host on The Project isn’t something I’d consider his ‘career highlight,’ especially since his company produces the show.

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Don’t forget he did start up a successful production company, so he didn’t do that bad.

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Mick would return to Nine eight years later with his new comedy discussion show The Nation. It was axed after just 13 episodes. Even a move to 10.30pm couldn’t save it.

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I said “later on”, I didn’t say “indefinitely”. (Although I am sure he’s far from being on the Centrelink line just yet)

I wouldn’t call a prime time show getting a ten-year-run, 3 Gold Logies and a production company in the decade that followed his turn at Nine of things not “working out”.


For someone who got his start on Melbourne’s Channel 31, I say he’s done pretty well for himself.



Good point. However, leaving Ten to go to Foxtel and then returning to Ten to do something similar in concept to a popular program on another network, especially after swearing you’d never do it, was a rather unwise move.

All I’m saying is, if Hey Hey’s reunions were the reason he ended his show, why turn around years later and essentially say, ‘I’m gonna do what they did’?"

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11 July 1992: ABC is the Australian broadcaster for the global television presentation of Puccini’s opera Tosca from the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome — starting with Act One at 8.30pm, Act Two at 4.15am (interrupting Rage), with Act Three shown during the following day. The event is broadcast to 53 countries to an estimated audience of 1.5 billion.

11 July 1994: The Nine Network premieres game show Strike It Lucky with Ronnie Burns.

11 July 1995: The Derryn Hinch special No Means No (Nine) looks at rape and the legal system.

11 July 1997: SBS presents a Front Up special, Inside Out. The subject is Bobby Veen, who has been imprisoned for 22 of his 42 years. Interviewed from Parramatta Correctional Centre, he gives an insight into his childhood and adolescent years.

11 July 1998: The Nine Network presents the special Tina Arena: In Deep Live, featuring interviews and performances with Tina Arena while on tour in Australia and on the eve of the launch of her album in the US.

11 July 2000: The Nine Network presents Somebody’s Mother, a documentary about ovarian cancer as seen through the eyes of a recently diagnosed patient and presented by Tracey Curro, whose mother died of the disease.

11 July 2006: The Nine Network premieres reality series Torvill And Dean Dancing On Ice, featuring contestants Lara Bingle, Jules Lund, Giaan Rooney, Michael Slater, Karl Stefanovic, Jake Wall, Trisha Broadbridge, Annalise Braakensiek, Dermott Brereton and Jackie Kelly. Hosted by Jamie Durie and Sami Lukis.


Still dancing …


Dancing on Ice was notorious for its troubled production…

The show was to be filmed at a specially-built rink at Fox Studios in Sydney, but the ice wouldn’t freeze, forcing production to move to an existing rink in the city’s north (either Macquarie Ice Rink or Sydney Ice Arena) which was much larger than the planned Fox rink, and because the change happened so late, Nine had to use the amount of lighting they’d estimated they needed for Fox, with the result that the rink looked very poorly lit on screen.*

Also, a number of contestants suffered injuries over the course of the show, which became a running gag on Get This.

*source: Broadcast Wars by Michael Bodey


IIRC this was one of Melbourne’s highest rating programs that year


Show was bascially DWTS on ice and it never took off lasting only 8 episodes before being cancelled after one season


I must be thinking of another program. Nine aired an ident in Melbourne during 2006 or 2007, featuring (I thought it was this) but definitely some ice/dancing show or special as one of “Melbourne’s most watched” that year?

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Celebrity Circus?

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13 July 1977: The premiere episode of the 0-10 Network drama Hotel Story. The series had controversially been axed prior to any episodes going to air and with only seven episodes completed. With the premature cancellation of the show generating media coverage, Melbourne’s ATV0 proceeded to rush the completed handful of episodes to air, leaving viewers to see for themselves what all the fuss was about.

13 July 1985: ABC presents Oz For Africa, the Australian component of the worldwide Live Aid concerts. The ABC telecast is in co-operation with the Seven Network, Telecom Australia and the Overseas Telecommunications Commission.

13 July 1992: ABC premieres sketch comedy series Kittson, Fahey featuring Jean Kittson (The Big Gig, Let The Blood Run Free) and Maryanne Fahey (The Comedy Company).

13 July 1994: The Seven Network premieres two-part mini-series The Battlers, starring Gary Sweet, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marcus Graham and Peter Stonham. World Series Debating (ABC) covers the topic ‘That Beauty Is Better Than Brains’, featuring Wendy Harmer, Tim Ferguson, Margaret Scott, Jean Kittson, Ita Buttrose and Lex Marinos.

13 July 2003: The Seven Network debuts game show Deal Or No Deal. Hosted by Andrew O’Keefe, the show begins as a weekly program before later being adapted to a weeknight format.

13 July 2007: National Indigenous Television (NITV) begins transmission via the Optus satellite platform, covering remote and central Australia.

13 July 2009: Network Ten presents the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Debate — ‘That Money is The Root Of All Evil’ — featuring Paul McDermott, Arj Barker, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Janeane Garofalo and Jason Byrne.


The $2,000,000 prize that was on offer was the largest amount that could be won on Australian television at the time, but it was never won.

In fact, in a rather embarrassing piece of TV history, that amount ended up being the first ever amount knocked out in the Australian franchise’s history.

On the second or third episode, however, a journalist by the name of Nathan Cochrane took home the largest amount ever won in the show’s history, taking a deal for $515,000.

With the reformatting of the show to five-nights-a-week in 2004, came the reduction of the top prize to $200,000, and when 10 revived it this year the top prize became $100,000.


18 Years Ago Last Week, Children’s Fantasy Drama Series H2O Just Add Water Starring Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, & Cariba Heine Premiered On Network Ten.


14 July 1980: Sale Of The Century, a remake of the 1970s Great Temptation hosted by Tony Barber and Victoria Nicolls, starts on Nine. A huge ratings success, the show continued through to 2001.

14 July 1991: Ten in Melbourne presents daytime coverage of its annual Deafness Appeal Telethon, with live crosses during Video Hits and two-hour presentation in the afternoon, featuring personalities from Network Ten programs and Melbourne radio station 3AW.

14 July 1993: Wendy Harmer, Robyn Archer, Andrew Denton, Hugh Lunn, Ruth Ostrow and Ignatius Jones feature in World Series Debating — “That Men Deserve More Respect”.

14 July 1996: ABC premieres children’s series children’s series Sun On The Stubble, the story of a youth from a German immigrant family growing up in a small wheat farming community in South Australia during the 1930s.

14 July 2002: Network Ten airs the special Perfect Match: Was There Any Romance?, paying tribute to the popular dating game show that ran from 1984 to 1989 and revisiting some of the show’s former contestants. Hosted by Amanda Keller with former Perfect Match presenters Greg Evans, Debbie Newsome, Tiffany Lamb and Kerrie Friend and their robotic matchmaker, Dexter.

14 July 2009: The Seven Network premieres Air Ways, a factual series about the day-to-day running of Tiger Airways.


Next year will be Oz for Africa’s 40th anniversary. It may be worth revisiting the event with a documentary.


15 July 1990: Network Ten’s The Comedy Company returns after a half-year break. The revamped show features a number of new cast members but is not renewed at the end of the year.

15 July 1991: Seven launches a new afternoon quiz show, Blockbusters, hosted by Michael Pope. The Doug Anthony All Stars make their return to TV in a new comedy series, DAAS Kapital.

15 July 1992: The Nine Network presents the special Ray Martin With Paul Hogan, featuring footage from Paul Hogan’s early career including his commentaries on the original A Current Affair in the 1970s and his later comedy specials.

15 July 2001: ABC premieres Sunday morning current affairs discussion program Insiders, hosted by Barrie Cassidy.

15 July 2008: ABC premieres four-part documentary series Family Fortunes. The series looks at how reversals in fortune have affected Australian families. The first episode focuses on the family of the late Peter Brock and how his death not only affected their daily lives but also how his disorganised financial affairs are making it difficult for them to move forward.

15 July 2009: The Nine Network presents coverage of Game Three of the Rugby League State Of Origin — Queensland versus NSW — from Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.