On This Day — 11 February

11 February 1970: Singer Ronnie Burns

11 February 1981: Mike Walsh and Jeanne Little (The Mike Walsh Show)

11 February 1989: Nicolle Dickson and Alex Papps (Home And Away)

11 February 2006: Kate Ritchie and Joel McIlroy (Home And Away)


11 February 1967: Australian soprano June Bronhill stars in her own ABC special, June Bronhill Sings, a variety show with a 19th century theme. The special co-stars Denis Quilley, Tikki Taylor, Alan Tobin and Robert Gard.

11 February 1974: Melbourne’s ATV0 screens the debut episode of The Box, Crawford Productions‘ serial based around the activities of a fictional television station, UCV12. The cast included George Mallaby, Belinda Giblin, Lois Ramsey, Paul Karo, Briony Behets, Fred Betts, Barrie Barkla, Helen Hemingway, Judy Nunn, Ken James, Fred ‘Cul’ Cullen, Kay McFeeter, Peter Regan, Monica Maughan and Ken Snodgrass. Sydney’s TEN10 aired the episode the following night — The Box at 50

11 February 1979: Nine’s big-budget current affairs gamble 60 Minutes makes its debut. Featuring reporters Ray Martin, George Negus and Ian Leslie60 Minutes got off to a slow start in the ratings but soon built up to become one of Nine’s flagship properties in the decades to follow — 60 Minutes turns 40 [2018]

11 February 1985: Midday With Ray Martin makes its debut, replacing The Mike Walsh Show, which moves to night time. Ten’s Good Afternoon Australia, is revamped as After Noon, with Tony Murphy and Katrina Lee. Nine also launches Blankety Blanks with Daryl Somers, a revival of the popular game show hosted by Graham Kennedy in the late 1970s.

11 February 1987: Seven Network sitcom Hey Dad! debuts.

11 February 1990: Ten launches its new comedy double, Larger Than Life with Mark Mitchell and Col’n Carpenter, starring Kym Gyngell.

11 February 1993: The Norman Gunston Show (Seven) marks the return of the self-described Australian TV legend, played by Garry McDonald.

11 February 1996: The Nine Network commences its coverage of the 1996 Cricket World Cup, with the opening ceremony live from Calcutta, India.

11 February 2002: The Nine Network launches quiz show Shafted, hosted by Red Symons. The show replaced Sale Of The Century, which had wrapped up at the end of 2001 after 21 years on air.

11 February 2004: Ten debuts its new reality contest The Resort, hosted by rock singer Jon Stevens, based around a group of individuals building and running a Fijian resort.

11 February 2010: Seven debuts TV-themed game show The White Room, hosted by Tony Moclair and Julian Schiller and panellists including Felicity Ward, Lawrence Mooney, George McEncroe and Dave Thornton. The show lasted two weeks.

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