Sign-ons and Offs

Here’s an very odd sign off I found youtube for Channel 9 Perth, feels like analogue horror:


Here’s a few more Canadian sign offs, from the late 1990’s to 2000’s. By the looks of things, Canadian tv stations took way longer then there US counterparts, who started 24/7 broadcasting around the mid 1990’s:
CTV Toronto Sign Off 2002:

CKY Winnipeg Sign Off 1996:

CTV Winnipeg (CKY rebranded) Sign off 2001:

CBC Winnipeg Sign Off 2006:

CBC Vancouver Sign Off 1996:

CBC Ontario Sign Off 1998:


Global still briefly “sign off” every night [edit… well, six nights a week at least] even now, but it barely counts - it’s a lazy way to realign their late-night schedule, so instead of finding an odd-shaped show(s) to fill the 23 minutes until the “start of schedule day” at 5am - or indeed, sacrificing or adding ads in the overnight slots to catch up - they just give up and (in past times at least) show a still of the Global logo (at 4.37 on weekday overnights, and similar times on Sat night when SNL sends it off-kilter) and some prod music.

Since no-one turns the transmitter off anymore, it’s not a real sign on/off, but they still call it that in the schedule.

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A sign off from Tas Tv 1987


Sorry to necro this thread, but has anyone seen the last of the TVW7 closedowns? Especially from 2000 with the new logo? Did they bother updating the graphics, were they still using the old Discover branding that was used in the 1997 clip (which was already out of date in 1997), or did they just cut to a testcard/still image?

I get that it’s an extremely long shot, but it’s not archived online, and I assume that my Perth-based family members have chucked out their videos and/or VCRs ages ago. I guess I’m curious because they changed the logo before 24h transmission.


Does anyone know when last closedown for Tvw 7 was etc with the date

i live in Adelaide Ch 10 in Adelaide were still closing down in 1994 not sure on the final date for it i could do a bit research for it etc


They were still closing down in the early 2000s? If they were I would imagine the final closedown could be around 2002 when BCM was opened.

SAS 7 was closing down as late as 1993, closedown video had the 1990 logo at the end.

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This 1986 sign-off from KCRA in Sacramento, California, includes two vaguely creepy films–a rendition of the poem High Flight with electronic music and images of fighter jets, and a film with nature scenes accompanied by a very old recording of the 1940s song Bluebird of Happiness:

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the abc was still too closing down in 1993 sas 7 too in that year

Nws Nine one was around 1984 or 1985


I don’t know the exact date, but everything I’ve read says that TVW7 started 24 hour broadcasting in March 2000.


Another NRTV sign off from the early 90s. Figured it was just before aggregation came in cause the LifeLine plug doesn’t have the Tamworth or Newcastle phone numbers


NBN Sign on and sign off from 1991.

These would have been some of the last times NBN would have signed off before aggregation kicked in on New Years Eve that year. After that instead of going off the air during the overnight hours they just took a direct feed from TCN 9 in Sydney


In March 1986 TVNZ announced plans to extend broadcasting hours on TV One (now TVNZ 1) starting in April. The new schedule would see TV One on air from 9am to midnight every day from Monday to Thursday, and continuously from 9am on Fridays until midnight on Sundays.

The initial plan for the overnight hours on Fridays and Saturdays included music videos, classic movies and reruns of comedies and dramas, leading up to children’s programming in the morning. However, these plans were scrapped due to staffing issues.

A dispute over rosters and extra pay led to technical and presentation directors, telecine and videotape operators and power supply staff at TVNZ’s Wellington studios (Avalon) refusing to work the first 24 hour transmission planned for the first weekend of April 1986. Negotiations throughout the week failed to resolve the dispute.

Darryl Dorrington, TVNZ’s assistant director-general at the time, stated that the plan to extend broadcasting hours on the weekend was indefinitely postponed unless the staff’s demands were met.

“We are not going to go along every week to find at the last minute that staff say they will refuse to work.” - Darryl Dorrington

He argued that the staff’s request for an extra day off on either side of a weekend shift violated TVNZ’s hiring rules.

The dispute triggered alarming threats of disruption to TVNZ’s coverage of an IRB (now World Rugby) centenary match between a World XV and a British team, scheduled for 3.50am on the morning of Thursday 17 April 1986 (nearly four hours after closedown) on TV One. This caused concern as sporting events had been covered by TVNZ for many years under existing staff conditions.

“It would be wrong if the audience were to be prevented from viewing this event because of the actions relating to a different dispute.” - Darryl Dorrington

A spokesperson for the Public Service Association (PSA) stated that, due to time zone differences, TVNZ had no intention of disrupting rugby coverage in the early hours of the morning. However, it would continue to advocate for a rostered day off on either side of weekend shifts in the event of a proposed 24 hour transmission. The PSA expressed its openness to negotiating the introduction of extended hours with TVNZ but emphasised the need to resolve the rostering dispute before staff would agree to work the new schedule.

As a result of the cancellation TV One’s weekend hours were adjusted and the Goodnight Kiwi cartoon, normally shown at closedown until at least 1987 (see below), was reinstated. The channel would run from 9am to 1am on Fridays, 7am to 1am on Saturdays and 8am to midnight on Sundays. The extended hours from Monday to Thursday remained unchanged.


Normally you would employ extra people to cover the regular extra transmission hours. Did they try to do it on the cheap with no new extra staff?

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Anyone who lived in Australia in the early 70’s remember this God Save the Queen film (starts off with the still portrait of the Queen then fades into footage of the Australian flag)?

I found this in the 1987 Australian mini-series called “Vietnam” (it’s set in the late 60’s and early 70’s). I think this might be the God Save the Queen film the ABC used when they closed down nightly back in the early 70’s (before they started using the Advance Australia Fair film).


I thought they would’ve used this version, although could be that they used both: