25 January 1975: Gerard Kennedy (Division 4)

25 January 1975: Peita Toppano, Angela Punch, Sharon Higgins, Gordon Glenwright (Class Of ’75)

25 January 1992: Jana Wendt (A Current Affair)

25 January 1997: Lisa McCune and Martin Sacks (Blue Heelers)

25 January 2003: Aaron Jeffery and Lisa Chappell (McLeod’s Daughters)

25 January 1963: GTV9, Melbourne, in partnership with ABC carries the first television link from Adelaide for coverage of the Fourth Test cricket. The link was achieved by means of a “satellite” transmitter, located on the base of a DC-3 aircraft circling over the town of Serviceton, which will receive the television signal from Mt Lofty in Adelaide and then relay to a receiver on Mount Ben Nevis, near Ararat, then to Mount Buninyong, near Ballarat, and then to GTV9’s transmission tower on Mount Dandenong.

25 January 1976: Nine previews its new season of programming with a half-hour special, 1976: Have We Got A Year For You!, hosted by Bert Newton. Among the new shows being launched by Nine are Starsky And Hutch, Baretta, SWAT, Joe Forrester, Chopper One, The Invisible Man, Little House On The Prairie and Swiss Family Robinson.

25 January 1977: The end of an era as Homicide signs off after 12 years and 510 episodes — making it the longest running weekly drama series on Australian TV, a record it maintained until it was equalled by Blue Heelers‘ 510th episode in 2006. The final episode, titled The Last Task, featured guest appearances by Jacki Weaver, Cheryl Rixon, Jill Perryman and former cast member Leonard Teale — Homicide: 50 years on [2014]

25 January 1989: Network Ten launches its new soap, E Street, starring Penny Cook, Tony Martin, Vic Rooney, Cecily Polson, Warren Jones, Noel Hodda, Brooke ‘Mikey’ Anderson, Katrina Sedgwick, Paul Kelman, Alyssa-Jane Cook and Melanie Salomon.

25 January 1993: Mike Willesee takes over as host of A Current Affair, a role he held when the show first launched in 1971.

25 January 1998: Jade Gatt hosts Ten’s one-hour special, Loud Film Festival, as part of the Loud Media Festival of Youth Culture and Arts.

25 January 2000: Stan Grant hosts The Australian Of The Year Concert on Seven, from the Hordern Pavilion at Fox Studios. Performers include Vanessa Amorosi, Christine Anu, Belinda Emmett, The Seekers, Todd McKenney, Troy Cassar-Daly, Adam Brand and The Three Tenors, with Prime Minister John Howard announcing the Australian Of The Year.

25 January 2004: Sandra Sully and Bill Woods host The Australian Of The Year Awards on Ten. Later in the evening Celebrate! Australia Day Live features performances by Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Bob Downe, Tripod and Marcia Hines from Parliament House, Canberra.

25 January 2007: Gretel Killeen hosts Australia Day Live ’07 from the lawns of Federation Mall, Canberra. Performers include The Whitlams, Guy Sebastian, Bobby Flynn and TV Rock.

25 January 2008: The Australia Day Concert (Nine) from the front of Parliament House, Canberra, includes performances from Ben Lee, Richard Clapton, Ricki Lee, Gotye and The Veronicas.

25 January 2010: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson to announce the 50th Australian Of The Year award, telecast on Nine.

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