A few new additions to our YouTube channel, this time from two significant days – 31 December 1999 and 1 January 2000 – that threatened to end all civilisation as we knew it with the possibility of the Y2K bug coming to bite computer systems all around the world.
First, from the Nine Network, a promo for the program Millennium Live which aired for over 24 hours with live coverage of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world as the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000. The promo is followed by Nine’s station identification with the tagline “new millennium television” that was used through both 1999 and 2000.
Then from the Ten Network was a station identification – one of a series of promos that was used over Summer 1999/2000 – followed by the opener of the New Year’s Eve edition of Melbourne’s Ten News with Darren Lunny and Mary Gearin sitting in for regular newsreaders Mal Walden and Jennifer Hansen.
Finally, from the Seven Network on the evening of 1 January 2000, a promo and station identification showing the network’s new logo which had launched that day – catching many by surprise including, seemingly, the news department who still had their opening titles and studio set for Seven Nightly News decorated with the now-former 7 logo.