18 February 1970: Terry McDermott, Margaret Cruickshank, Mark Albiston (Bellbird)

18 February 1981: Don Lane and Graham Kennedy

18 February 1989: Rachel Friend and Ashley Paske (Neighbours)

18 February 1995: Isla Fisher and Daniel Amalm (Home And Away)

18 February 2006: Dancing With The Stars

18 February 1972: Bert Newton hosts the 14th annual TV Week Logie Awards at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel. The Nine Network telecast was shown live to Sydney and Melbourne and for the first time to Brisbane and Adelaide — TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago [2022]

18 February 1979: The Sydney premiere of the Seven Network documentary series This Fabulous Century hosted by Peter Luck. The new series, including footage from Cinesound, Movietone and the National Film and Sound Archive to illustrate the history of Australia from Federation to the present day, debuts with a one-hour episode. The series debuted in Melbourne the following Sunday.

18 February 1980: Melbourne’s ATV10 screens the telemovie The Franky Doyle Story, tracing the story of the notorious Prisoner character played by Carol Burns.

18 February 1984: After over a decade on Saturday mornings, Hey Hey It’s Saturday moves to prime time and is re-named Hey Hey It’s Saturday Night.

18 February 1985: After 12 years at midday, The Mike Walsh Show makes its prime time debut. Network 0-28 is re-branded as SBS in anticipation of the network’s expansion to Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong later in the year and the eventual removal of the VHF Channel 0 transmissions in Sydney and Melbourne. The re-launch also coincides with the debut of regular daytime programming on the channel — SBS Television turns 40 [2020]

18 February 1987: Don Lane returns to television with the debut of You’ve Got To Be Joking, a weekly series of practical jokes and hidden camera stunts.

18 February 2007: The debut of the first series of Australia’s Got Talent, with contestants vying for a grand final prize of $250,000. Judging the contestants are Red Symons, Dannii Minogue and Tom Burlinson.

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