The decade starts as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc around the world and whole cities and countries go into lockdown. No sector is left unscathed, and the television and creative arts industries are brought to a standstill. But international eyes become focussed on Australia as it becomes one of the first countries to establish COVID-safe production models. The widespread ramifications of the pandemic are set to take years to recover from.
- TV At 60: TV comes to Hobart
- Neighbours and MasterChef Australia gain international attention as being among the first productions in the English-speaking world to resume under COVID-safe conditions.
- March: Neighbours celebrates its 35th anniversary with a five-episode spin-off, Neighbours: End Game.
- 5 April: The Nine Network launches a new reality channel, 9Rush.
- 11 September: Ten News First axes presentation of news bulletins in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, in favour of a centralised model based in Sydney and Melbourne.
- 27 September: The Ten Network launches a new youth-focussed channel, 10 Shake.
- 21 November: Nine’s Sydney studios in the suburb of Willoughby sign off for the last time.
- TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Not Awarded (Awards cancelled due to pandemic)
January 1: ABC Comedy re-brands as ABC TV Plus
July 1: Regional affiliations change: WIN switches from the Ten Network to Nine Network for program supply. Southern Cross switches from Nine to Ten in the Regional Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Regional Victoria markets.