On This Day — 2 March

2 March 1974: Barbara Rogers (Temptation, The Great Temptation)

2 March 1985: Mike Walsh (The Mike Walsh Show) and Ray Martin (Midday)

2 March 1991: Jennifer Keyte and Steve Vizard (Tonight Live With Steve Vizard)

2 March 1996: Melissa George (Home And Away)

2 March 2002: Dan Paris, Kym Valentine, Noah Sutherland (Neighbours)


2 March 1957: Bob Dyer’s Pick-A-Box, a radio quiz since 1948, launches on ATN7, Sydney, and GTV9, Melbourne. It continues until 1971 — 50 years since Pick-A-Box ended [2021]

2 March 1996: The 1996 Federal Election dominates the night’s viewing with coverage across all networks.

2 March 2005: Les Murray hosts the 25th Australian Sports Awards from the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, broadcast on SBS.

2 March 2014: The Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras is televised on SBS2 — the first time on free-to-air television in 12 years.

2 March 2016: Ten resumes high definition simulcast of its primary channel — Ten’s HD message blurring definition [2016]


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On This Day — 1 March

1 March 1980: Sinan Leong and Adrian Bernotti (Arcade)

1 March 1980: Graham Kennedy

1 March 1985: Rowena Wallace

1 March 1997: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

1 March 2003: Delta Goodrem and Jay Bunyan (Neighbours)

1 March 2008: Callan Mulvey, Indiana Evans, Mark Furze (Home And Away)


1 March 1968: New TV Station — GTS4, Spencer Gulf North, South Australia — Southern Cross GTS-BKN turns 50 [2018]

1 March 1971: Seven‘s breakfast show Sydney Today changes its name to Today with the program extended to Melbourne. Sydney hosts Bruce Webster and Pat Lovell are joined by Melbourne-based host Roland Strong.

1 March 1973: The Melbourne debut of ABC series Certain Women, a six-part series of plays with each focusing on a different female member of the one family. It was so successful that it later spun off into an ongoing serial to run over three years — ABC’s Certain Women [2023]


YouTube: National Archives of Australia

1 March 1975: “C-Day” marks the official changeover to colour television in Australia — 40 years of colour TV [2014]

Julie Dawson, John Derum

1 March 1976: To celebrate the 100th year since the birth of Australian poet CJ Dennis, ABC screens The Life And Times Of CJ Dennis in most states. (Western Australia follows on 3 March and Tasmania on 4 March) John Derum plays the title role in the docu-drama with other cast including Richard Moir, Judy Dick and Julie Dawson. The Life And Times Of CJ Dennis was produced in Adelaide and its airing is timed to coincide with Adelaide Writers’ Week.

1 March 1993: Prime Television re-enters the local news market in Canberra with an aggressive attack on the top-rating Capital Eyewitness News. Prime’s one-hour bulletin combines local and national news and is largely staffed by former Capital employees, including newsreader Geoff Hiscock and news director Ken BeggFlashback to Canberra’s other leadership battle [2013]


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On This Day — 29 February

29 February 1992: Bruce Samazan (E Street)


29 February 1976: The second series of 1850s drama Rush, and the first to be produced in colour, debuts on ABC in Queensland, with other states following on 1 March.

29 February 1980: Network Ten puts the axe to its big-budget series Arcade, after only six weeks on-air. Production is ceased immediately with approximately 20 episodes never to go to air. Sydney’s TEN10 replaces the series with re-runs of MASH, and ATV10, Melbourne, with re-runs of Hogan’s Heroes — Arcade: Going from hero to zero [2020]

29 February 1996: The 38th annual Grammy Awards (Seven), hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, are on delayed telecast from the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

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On This Day — 28 February

28 February 1976: John Waters (Rush)

28 February 1981: John Waters

28 February 1998: Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Nicola Charles (Neighbours)

28 February 2004: Jason Smith, Isabel Lucas, Chris Hemsworth (Home And Away)

28 February 2009: Brett Tucker and Kym Valentine (Neighbours)


28 February 1959: ABC debuts music show Six O’Clock Rock, hosted by Ricki Merriman and featuring Johnny O’Keefe and his band The Dee Jays. O’Keefe took over as host six weeks later.

28 February 1975: The last day of black and white television with colour transmission officially launching at 12.00am on Saturday 1 March 1975 — 40 years of colour TV [2014]

28 February 1978: ABC debuts the late night music show, Rocturnal, hosted by David Woodhall and produced at ABS2, Adelaide. The program was inspired by the ABCFM radio show of the same name.

28 February 1982: Greg Evans hosts ATV10’s live coverage of Moomba Festival’s Birdman Rally. This was followed by highlights of the Mushroom Evolution Concert, which was held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in January as a celebration of ten years of Mushroom Records. Performers at the concert included Renee Geyer, Russell Morris, The Sports, Jo Jo Zep And The Falcons and FJ Holden And The Fives. The concert telecast was simulcast with radio station 3XY.

28 February 1993: ABC documentary series True Stories presents Feed Them To Cannibals, a colourful review of Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

28 February 1995: Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show celebrates its 200th show with a guest appearance by Geoff Harvey and a 20-piece brass band.

28 February 2005: Nine broadcasts a delayed prime time telecast of the 77th Academy Awards from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

28 February 2010: Rebecca Gibney, Vince Colosimo, Maya Stange and Jessica Tovey star in the Nine Network telemovie Wicked Love; The Maria Korp Story — a dramatised account of the attempted murder and disappearance of Melbourne woman Maria Korp.

28 February 2016: The Seven Network launches new channel 7flix, offering an emphasis on movies and kids entertainment — New channel 7flix debuts 28 February

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On This Day — 27 February

27 February 1963: Johnny O’Keefe (Sing, Sing, Sing)

27 February 2010: Jodi Gordon (Home And Away)


27 February 1975: ABC screens the movie Who Killed Jenny Langby?, a documentary and dramatised account of the pressures and breakdown of a working class family and the death of wife and mother Jenny Langsby (Julie Dawson, pictured). The movie was based on a mix of real-life case histories and included interviews and commentary by journalist Anne Deveson.

27 February 1979: The 0-10 Network‘s new drama Prisoner debuts on ATV0, Melbourne, TVQ0, Brisbane, and SAS10, Adelaide, following its premiere in Sydney the previous night — 40 years of Prisoner [2019]

27 February 1984: Nine debuts its new late evening lineup — current affairs show Willesee at 9.30pm and variety show Tonight With Bert Newton at 10.00pm. Both shows airing Monday to Thursday nights.

27 February 2000: Seven debuts The Olympic Show, a series featuring news on the upcoming Games Of The XXVII Olympiad to be held in Sydney. The series is presented by Tracey Holmes, Mike Whitney and Dawn Fraser.

27 February 2007: The premiere of ABC‘s four-part documentary series Not All Tea And Scones, about the New South Wales Country Women’s Association.

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On This Day — 26 February

26 February 1972: Gerard Kennedy (Division 4)

26 February 1977: Norman Yemm (The Sullivans)

26 February 1977: John Cornell and Paul Hogan (The Paul Hogan Show)


26 February 1966: New TV station — SDQ4, Southern Downs, Queensland.

26 February 1975: The ABC sketch comedy special Basically Black features members of the National Black Theatre: Bindi Williams, Gary Foley, Zac Martin and Aileen Corpus. 

26 February 1977: The annual GTV9 Yooralla Telethon is officially opened by newsreader Eric Pearce and personalities featured during the day included Don Lane, Mike Walsh, Daryl Somers, Paul Hogan and Bert Newton. The 1977 telethon raised a total of $594,741.21.

26 February 1979: The 0-10 Network‘s new drama series Prisoner debuts on TEN10, Sydney. The other stations in the 0-10 network screen the premiere episode the following night — 40 years of Prisoner [2019]

26 February 2006: Sunrise hosts David Koch and Melissa Doyle host Seven‘s new nostalgia show Where Are They Now?

26 February 2007: The Nine Network launches daytime talk show The Catch-Up, featuring Libbi Gorr, Zoe Sheridan, Lisa Oldfield and Mary Moody — The Year That Was… #1: Nine’s The Catch-Up [2007]


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On This Day — 25 February

25 February 1970: John Laws (Beauty And The Beast)

25 February 1981: Rosemary Paul (The Restless Years)

25 February 2006: Ada Nicodemou (Home And Away)


25 February 1971: The first episode of the 0-10 Network police drama Matlock Police, based around a fictional town in country Victoria. The series starred Paul Cronin, Vic Gordon, Grigor Taylor and Michael Pate. The debut episode, titled 26 Hours, featured a guest appearance by Sheila FloranceMatlock Police: TV’s country cops [2021]

25 February 1996: In the lead up to the Federal Election, ABC screens The Debate: The Prime Minister Paul Keating Vs The Leader Of The Opposition, John Howard.


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On This Day — 24 February

24 February 1971: Elspeth Ballantyne and Dennis Miller (Bellbird)

24 February 1973: Tony Barber (Temptation / The Great Temptation)

24 February 1979: John Orcsik and Paula Duncan (Cop Shop)

24 February 1979: Peter Lochran, Chris Orchard, Diana McLean (The Young Doctors)

24 February 1990: Simone Buchanan (Hey Dad!)

24 February 1996: Kimberley Davies (Neighbours)


24 February 1962: BP Super Show presents a special tribute to Australia’s top radio presenter Jack Davey, hosted by his friend and rival Bob Dyer. Davey was incredibly popular and prolific during the ‘golden days’ of radio in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s but due to ill-health only had a short career in television. He passed away in 1959 at the age of 52.

24 February 1992: ABC debuts sketch comedy series Gillies And Company and arts program Review.

24 February 1998: Georgie Parker leads the cast in Seven‘s new drama All Saints. The series focused on the staff of Ward 17 at the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital. The series also debuted with cast Judith McGrath, Ben Tari, Libby Tanner, Jeremy Cumpston, Kirrily White, Andrew McKaige, Sam Healy and Martin Lynes.


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On This Day — 23 February

23 February 1966: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight)

23 February 1974: Carl Bleazby and Dorothy Bradley (Bellbird)

23 February 1980: Anne Semler and Syd Heylen (Arcade)

23 February 1980: George Negus, Ray Martin, Gerald Stone, Ian Leslie (60 Minutes)

23 February 1991: Tammy MacIntosh (Chances)

23 February 2002: Ada Nicodemou and Max Theoharis (Home And Away)

23 February 2008: Ryan Moloney and Carla Bonner (Neighbours)


23 February 1981: Network Ten revives the breakfast news format with the debut of Good Morning Australia, hosted by Gordon Elliott and Sue Kellaway.

23 February 1993: Hugo Weaving, Heather Mitchell, Andy Anderson and Victoria Longley star in Lust, the opening episode of the ABC anthology series Seven Deadly Sins.

23 February 1995: The daily adventures of vet Peter Trembath are covered in the new six-part documentary series The Flying Vet (ABC).

23 February 1998: James O’Neil hosts Seven‘s new afternoon game show, Hot Streak.

23 February 2000: The Mole, a reality competition based on a Belgian format, debuts on Seven, hosted by Grant Bowler.

23 February 2009: The Cut, a six-part drama exploring the sometimes murky world of sports management, debuts on ABC. Starring John Wood, Matt Passmore, Ben Oxenbould and Julieanne Newbould.

23 February 2012: Network Ten launches its new morning show Breakfast with Paul Henry, Andrew Rochford, Kathryn Robinson and Magdalena Roze (pictured) Breakfast battle takes on an early start [2012]


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On This Day — 22 February

22 February 1962: Bert Newton (The Channel Nine Show) and Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight)

22 February 1967: Bobby Limb (Sound Of Music)

22 February 1975: Mike Preston (Bellbird)

22 February 1975: Denise Drysdale (The Ernie Sigley Show)

22 February 1992: Sophie Lee

22 February 1997: Colin Friels and Catherine McClements (Water Rats)

22 February 2003: Erik Thomson and Georgie Parker (All Saints)


22 February 1990: SBS launches a new series, Viva World Cup, hosted by Les Murray and Andy Paschalidis in the lead-up to the 1990 World Cup, including reports on the venues, personalities and the final 24 teams.

22 February 1992: Nine debuts its new Saturday morning show, Saturday At Rick’s, featuring Steven Jacobs with Tania Lacy, featuring cartoons, video clips and interviews.

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