The Seven Network’s new digital channel 7TWO launches tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 12.00pm.
After an introduction to the channel, the first program will be Michael Jackson’s last ever televised concert, with the pop icon reunited with his brothers onstage as the Jackson Five for the first time in over 20 years.
Two Disney films, The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2, follow at 2.00pm and 4.00pm respectively. Then, from 6.00pm, three episodes of US comedy Scrubs.
7TWO’s first evening will then include a triple movie feature: McHale’s Navy (1997), the premiere of The Ringer (2003) and the original The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1974).
Then from 1.30am, 7TWO continues overnight with classic AFL games.
Meanwhile, regional affiliate Southern Cross Television has announced that it will be broadcasting 7TWO to viewers in Darwin from December. It will be the first of the range of commercial Freeview channels to go to Darwin, as One HD and GO! have yet to appear there. Though Darwin already has a digital-only channel, Darwin Digital Television, which relays the Ten Network.
Southern Cross’ announcement for 7TWO into Darwin follows last week’s news that they will also carry 7TWO into Tasmania from December. Meanwhile, the Seven Network’s largest regional affiliate, Prime Television, has not made any announcement about its plans to broadcast 7TWO into its digital broadcast areas which includes regional NSW, Victoria, the Gold Coast and the Australian Capital Territory.