TV History


Seven News Updates (+ GWN News Weather Update) from 8/2/2002:



Corey Worthington causing a havoc making headlines across Australia


It was 50 years ago today that a boxing title fight between Lionel Rose and Alan Rudkin clocks up a record-breaking rating of 67 (per cent of households) for ATV0. It was a record not broken until the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

ATV0 owner Reg Ansett orchestrated the title fight as an effort to get people to convert their sets and antennas to receive Channel 0. While it was successful on the night it was still a few more years before the channel recorded any overall ratings growth.


Really miss those days when ABC Asia Pacific was carried for the first time in Vietnam, #myfriends .

The Australian goverment at that time had a very good relationship with Vietnamese TV, so they finally signed with VTV/HTV to distribute much Australian TV stuff in my country. Before then, VTV was seeking at distribute more international stuff, so they “illegally” adjust satellites to receive ATVi (which would be called “ABC Asia Pacific”). Viewers suddenly loved them, and wanted to watch more stuff like that, so ABC finally signed distribution deal with VTV via ATVi. However, it took until 2004/05 to let the ABC Asia Pacific became fully distributed in Vietnam, and most cable listings just called the channel “ABC”, even using ABC logo!

The Ministry of Information and Communication however, stopped renew distribution license of the channel in 2013, but some cable systems continue to carry it until an anouncement from ABC to cease Australia Network resulted the drop, but after those cable systems realized that ABC still have international channel under A+ brand, they renegotiate it and then successful. They still carry ABC Australia to this day.

Those days when VTV got rights to transmit it “freely”, but the “rights” is actually via Australia Network! O_o

During 2008 - 10, VTV6 did buy a lot of Australian TV stuff via Australia Network, which resulted some satellite TV provider listed the channel as “VTV6 - ABC”


I know a couple of months ago we were talking about the “EPG” Channels that existed in the early 2000s. Here is a screenshot of 7’s EPG from around October 2004.


That cap would’ve been from one of the additional channels running during the Athens Olympics, so August 2004.

It’s to my understanding that the commercial networks experimented a bit with multiview/datacast services for sports telecasts during the Early-Mid 2000s, but it faded away after around 2005-ish.


Oh wow! Didn’t realise they did that!

What astounds me is that the bitrate used for that channel in 2004 serves much higher picture quality than the main channels in 2019…


Mostly possible because they shut down the ‘HD’ channel for it.

Here’s a screenshot from what I think was one of the last ones of those - the SBS World Cup channel which replaced the ‘SBS Essential’ VPG.


Did Nine have the same platform as the one back at the 2006 Commonwealth games? I didn’t watch this coverage on digital set top box as I was still in school back on the day.


Another rare logo from CBN-8 Central NSW, 1963-65.



WARNING: Streisland Alert is now in effect.

A sign-off from SAS-7 in its days as SAS-10 back in 1985.


Those promo end caps (shown there with Deal or No Deal) always looked great. Shame Prime never used them.


This is the “TEN Guide” - it was on LCN 11 and 100. 10 HD was on LCN 12.


Just a quick question, how long did Channel Seven use that ‘grunge/red ribbon’ package around for (as shown with the Deal Or No Deal promo in the multiview cap)? I thought it was quite a good package from the little i’ve seen of it, certainly better than the package beforehand.

Did it last until 2005? It was the last before ‘GottaLoveIt’ I believe.


Don’t quote me on this but I think Seven’s “grunge”/“red ribbon” graphics lasted in its original form until the Athens Olympics, with some elements (such as the date/time straps on the Promo Endtags being changed to a cleaner look) being updated after the games or possibly around the same time Nine launched the 2nd generation of their popular “seven colours for seven days” package.


Back in the days 10 used to have a Ten guide channel. That channel ceased broadcasting in late 2007 when it was replaced by a standaway HD channel. Ten HD altered their scheduling with Ten News at 5:30pm on Ten Hd. A few documentaries were shown on that channel. Then in early 2009, Ten HD was replaced by ONE HD with 24-hour sports channel.
I wasn’t a big fan of the layout with the Ten Guide as this removes a bit of the small screen in a few seconds.


Ten HD also had a full night breakaway on Thursdays with a Sci-Fi theme including shows like Battlestar Galactica and Smallville. There was also breakaway drama on other nights at 10:30 like The Shield and Veronica Mars.

Countdown to ONE HD


Nine HD’s breakaway Sci-Fi program late on Friday nights was Invasion.


On a completely separate note, I have been trying to think of all of the short run shows (eg 15 minutes or less) that networks used as fillers aside from cartoons etc

Below are some I thought of. Please add to the list if you can think of some

(Shell) Drive
Queensland Unlimited (screening on QTQ9 and regionals)
Science World/Science International - were they 2 separate shows?
Nine Lives
Aboriginal Australia
Across Australia
Go Health
Stefan (again in QLD as far as I am aware)
Point of View