Tuesday 16 February 1999 — MELBOURNE

The Seven Network launches two new weekly comedy shows — The Big News, a sketch comedy series featuring former Fast Forward stars Marg Downey, Michael Veitch and Peter Moon with Matt Tilley; and The Late Report, a current affairs spoof with Richard Stubbs, John Safran, Emma Tom and Sandy George.

Nine competed in the same timeslot with the debut of four-part comedy series Super Debate. The first episode featured the topic “The Aussie Bloke Is A Hopeless Bloke”, hosted by Paul Lyneham and featuring HG Nelson (Greig Pickhaver), Wendy Harmer, Judith Lucy, Jean Kitson, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Peter FitzSimons, Paul Clitheroe, Sam Newman, Graham Richardson and Nova Peris-Kneebone.

Seven’s new comedy double struggled and after a few weeks The Big News was cancelled as a standalone show and segments became incorporated into an extended The Late Report, before it too was axed shortly after.

(This listing excludes community Channel 31 which is not listed in TV Week)

Source: TV Week, 13 February 1999

6AM 6am Open Learning: Australian Environmental Studies, A Sense Of Place, Time To Grow 6am Sunrise (News) 6am National Nine Early News 6am Aerobics Oz Style
6.30 Sports Tonight (Rpt)
6am Worldwatch: 6am Cantonese News, 6.20 Mandarin News, 6.55 Telegiornale, 7.30 Das Journal, 8am Ta Nea Ton Ennea, 9am Le Journal, 9.30 Sevodnia, 10.15 Telediario, 11am Siaran Berita, 11.30 The Journal, 12pm Business Report
7AM 7.30 Mixy
7.35 Teletubbies
7am Sailor Moon
7.30 Shnookums And Meat Funny Cartoon Show
7am Today. Tracy Grimshaw, Steve Liebmann 7am Cheez TV
8AM 8am Johnson And Friends
8.10 Small Stories
8.15 Noddy
8.30 Sesame Street
8am The Adventures Of Mickey And Donald
8.30 The Book Place
8.30 In The Box
9AM 9.30 Play School 9am A Country Practice 9am Here’s Humphrey
9.30 Hardcastle And McCormick
9am Good Morning Australia. Bert Newton
10AM 10am More Than Words
10.15 Numbers Count
10.30 Picture This
10.45 Behind The News
10am The Village
10.30 Acropolis Now
10.30 News
11AM 11am Ancient Civilisations
11.30 Behind The News
11am Eleven AM 11am Remington Steele 11.30 Ten News
12PM 12pm World At Noon
12.30 Australian Story (Rpt)
12pm Movie: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. 1992 [IMDB] 12pm Days Of Our Lives 12pm The Roseanne Show 12.30pm Movie: The Lighthouse. 1996 (Netherlands) [IMDB]
1PM 1pm Four Corners (Rpt)
1.45 Art Attack
1pm The Young And The Restless 1pm Judge Joe Brown
1.30 Beauty And The Beast
2PM 2pm Parliament Question Time: House Of Representatives 2.30 Ricki Lake 2pm Movie: A Private Matter. 1992 [IMDB] 2.30 Oprah Winfrey 2.15 Weatherwatch, Music
3PM 3pm Sesame Street
3.25 Pingu
3.30 Play School
3.30 Disney Adventures 3.30 Breakers (Rpt) 3pm TV Ed
3.30 World Sports (Rpt)
4PM 4pm Arthur
4.25 Thomas The Tank Engine
4.30 Neverending Story
4.55 The Trap Door
4pm Wipeout
4.30 I Dream Of Jeannie
4pm Spellbinder
4.30 What’s Up Doc?
4pm Totally Wild
4.30 The Bold And The Beautiful
4pm Sportswoman
4.30 Nancy Lam
5PM 5pm The Secret World Of Alex Mack
5.25 Feral TV
5.30 Daria
5.55 Gogs
5pm Bewitched (B&W)
5.30 Wheel Of Fortune
5pm Full House
5.30 Catch Phrase
5pm Ten News 5pm Newshour (PBS)
6PM 6pm Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
6.50 Consuming Passions
6pm Seven Nightly News
6.30 Today Tonight
6pm National Nine News
6.30 A Current Affair. Mike Munro
6pm Happy Days
6.30 Neighbours
6pm Global Village
6.30 World News
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.30 The 7.30 Report. Kerry O’Brien
7pm Home And Away
7.30 Better Homes And Gardens
7pm Sale Of The Century. Includes Keno
7.30 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show. Kim Kilbey
7pm Judge Judy
7.30 Party Of Five
7pm World Sports
7.30 Front Up
8PM  8pm The Bill
8.30 Inside Story
8pm The Great Outdoors. Includes OzLotto
8.30 All Saints
8pm The Drew Carey Show
8.30 Water Rats
8.30 Dawson’s Creek 8pm The Cutting Edge
9PM  9.30 Foreign Correspondent 9.30 The Big News. Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Peter Moon, Matt Tilley PREMIERE 9.30 The Super Debate PREMIERE 9.30 Melrose Place 9pm World News At Nine
9.30 Movie: Clando. 1996 (Cameroon) [IMDB]
10PM  10.30 Lateline. Tony Jones 10pm The Late Report. Richard Stubbs, John Safran, Tony Wilson, Emma Tom, Sandy George PREMIERE
10.30 Buffy
10.30 Nightline. Jim Waley 10.30 Ten News. Sandra Sully
11PM  11.05 People’s Century 11.30 Seven Nightly News 11pm Star Trek Voyager 11pm Sports Tonight
11.30 Breakers
11.20 Fine Cut
12AM  12am Parliament Question Time: The Senate 12am Today (NBC) 12am The Late Show With David Letterman 12am Sunset Beach 12.15am Movie: Caruga. 1991 (Croatia) [IMDB]
1AM  1am Australia Television News
1.30 Movie: It’s Hard To Be Good. 1948 (B&W) [IMDB]
1am Movie: Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones. 1990 [IMDB]
2AM  2am Telemall Shopping 2am Telemall Shopping 2.05 Close
3AM  3am Open Learning: Marketing, Dragon’s Tongue, French In Action, Aboriginal Studies, English Have A Go Destinos
(Continues to 6am)
3am Movie: Father. 1990 [IMDB] 3.10 Celebrity Home Shopping 3am Home Shopping
4AM  4.10 Catholic TV
4.35 Court TV
4am Life In The Word
4.30 Kenneth Copeland
5AM  5.10 Promised Land
(Continues to 6am)
5am 20/20
(Continues to 6am)
5am Marilyn Hickey
5.30 Benny Hinn
(Continues to 6am)
5am Weatherwatch, Music
5.30 Worldwatch: Japanese News
(Continues to 6am)