Neighbours makes international headlines when it resumes production amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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)


  • TV At 60: TV comes to Regional Victoria
  • 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.
  • October 30: Bert Newton dies, age 83
  • December: Seven West Media completes the takeover of the Prime Media Group, including regional affiliates Prime7 and GWN7.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Not Awarded (Awards cancelled due to pandemic)


  • March 3: Neighbours is axed after 37 years and 8903 episodes.
  • March 12: The Seven, Nine and Ten networks present the telethon Australia Unites: Australian Red Cross Flood Appeal to aid people and communities affected by the devastating floods across Queensland and New South Wales. The telethon raised over $25 million.
  • May 23: SBS launches a separate news channel, Worldwatch.
  • July 28: The “final” episode of Neighbours.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Hamish Blake (Lego Masters, Nine)


  • January 15: Seven launches reality channel 7Bravo
  • February 8: The Nine Network is announced as the Australian broadcast rights holder to the Summer and Winter Olympic Games for 2024 to 2032.
  • August 1: Ten’s younger demographic entertainment channel 10 Shake is re-launched as Nickelodeon.
  • August 16: The Semi Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup — Australia versus England — is reported to be the most watched program on Australian television since OzTAM records commenced in 2001.
  • September 18: Neighbours returns to Ten, with episodes dropping a week later on Amazon Prime.
  • TV Week Gold Logie Winner: Sonia Kruger (Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, Seven)


  • June 3: ABC replaces ABC TV Plus and ABC Me with new channels ABC Family and ABC Entertains.