|Covid-19|5 January - SBS ceases VHF transmissions on Channel 0 in Sydney and Melbourne.
20 January - Neighbours makes its debut on Network Ten and comes to dominate the 7:00pm weeknight timeslot.
28 January - Australian news and current affairs program The 7.30 Report debuts on ABC.
11 February - Australian soap opera Return to Eden premieres on Network Ten.
13 March - Australia's popular and influential TV sketch comedy The D-Generation which was created and written by a group of students from Melbourne University who had gained local notoriety for their stage work such as Marg Downey, Michael Veitch and Tom Gleisner debuts on ABC.
16 March - SBS expands into Perth and Hobart.
31 March - ABC airs extra morning programs for children for the first time due to school term breaks from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
8 July - Last and final episode of the Australian soap opera Return to Eden airs on Network Ten.
23 July - The Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson is broadcast on all television stations except for SBS.
5 August - British police procedural television series The Bill premieres on ABC.
19 September - Nine Network celebrates 30 years of television with a two-hour special featuring footage from some of TV's most popular and most remembered programs and personalities.
27 October - Neighbours airs on the BBC in the UK for the first time.
30 October - The Movie Show begins on SBS.
November - Pbl Mini series Cyclone Tracy + The Great Bookie Robbery air on Channel Nine
11 December - Final episode of the Australian soap opera Prisoner airs on Network Ten.
15 December - ABC airs extra morning programs for children during the Summer Holidays from 10:00am to 12:00pm until February where School Term 1 will begin.
December - The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, owners of HSV-7 & ADS-7 are sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Limited for $1.8 billion. As News Limited owned ATV-10 at this time, HSV-7 is sold to Fairfax (already owners of ATN-7 & BTQ-7) in February 1987 for $320 million.
Australian children's series Mr. Squiggle returns with a brand new series with Roxanne Kimmorley taking over as presenter.
AUSSAT satellites are launched, bringing television to remote areas for the first time.
The 1986 Commonwealth Games are telecast live on ABC from Edinburgh, Scotland.
20 January - Off the Dish (Network Ten)
28 January - The 7.30 Report (ABC-TV)
30 January - Prime Time (Nine Network)
10 February - C'mon Kids (Nine Network)
11 February - Return to Eden (Network Ten)
13 March - The D-Generation (ABC-TV)
20 March - The Girl from Steel City (SBS)
31 March - Edge of the Wedge (ABC-TV)
6 May - The Video Comedy Show (ABC-TV)
15 May - Fame and Misfortune (ABC-TV)
26 May - The Flying Doctors (Nine Network)
15 June - Don Spencer's Feathers, Furs or Fins (ABC-TV)
19 July - The Cartoon Company (Nine Network)
29 July - The Noise (SBS)
30 September - Studio 86 (ABC-TV)
30 September - Whose Baby? (Channel Seven)
2 October - The Haunted School (ABC-TV)
30 October - The Movie Show (SBS)
10 November - Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin (Nine Network)
2 January - Malibu (Nine Network)
4 January - La Linea (ABC TV)
5 January - The Mighty Orbots (Channel Seven)
5 January - Snorks (Channel Seven)
6 January - Eye to Eye (Nine Network)
7 January - Kennedy (Nine Network)
8 January - The Return (SBS)
11 January - The Transformers (Network Ten)
23 January - The Jockey School (ABC TV)
25 January - Punky Brewster (Channel Seven)
31 January - Submarine (ABC TV)
31 January - Highway to Heaven (Network Ten)
3 February - Lucky Luke (ABC TV)
10 February - Kane and Abel (Network Ten)
11 February - Tales from the Darkside (Network Ten)
12 February - Growing Pains (Nine Network)
12 February - Who's the Boss? (Nine Network)
24 February - Inside China (SBS)
27 February - The Twilight Zone (1985) (Nine Network)
5 March - Cold Warrior (ABC TV)
20 March - Office Gossip (SBS)
2 April - Spooky (ABC TV)
3 April - Cuckoo Land (ABC TV)
4 April - Nobody's Hero (ABC TV)
4 April - It's Punky Brewster (Channel Seven)
12 April - Star Wars: Ewoks (Network Ten)
12 April - Star Wars: Droids (Network Ten)
12 April - Robotech (Network Ten)
15 April - Moonlighting (Nine Network)
27 April - The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (Channel Seven)
28 April - The Challenge of the Machine Men (Channel Seven)
30 April - Bits and Bytes (ABC TV)
3 May - SuperTed (ABC TV)
3 May - Do It (ABC TV)
5 May - The Colbys (Nine Network)
8 May - Sunday Blues (SBS)
12 May - Longing to Fly (SBS)
23 May - Smiley's People (ABC TV)
23 May - Letty (ABC TV)
31 May - Berrenger's (Channel Seven)
5 June - Wil Cwac Cwac (ABC TV)
5 June - The Bear, the Tiger and the Others
10 June - Edge of Darkness (ABC TV)
14 June - Treffpunkt: Deutschland (ABC TV)
24 June - 'Allo 'Allo (Channel Seven)
30 June - Fast Forward (ABC TV)
10 July - Vayia's Treasure (SBS)
15 July - Floyd on Fish (SBS)
17 July - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (ABC TV)
20 July - Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Channel Seven)
27 July - The Wuzzles (Channel Seven)
2 August - T-Bag (ABC TV)
4 August - Willo the Wisp (ABC TV)
5 August - The Bill (ABC TV)
10 August - Me and My Girl (Channel Seven)
11 August - Yes Prime Minister (ABC TV)
12 August - Terry and the Gunrunners (ABC TV)
13 August - The Morca Mystery (SBS)
13 August - Fiery Skies (SBS)
13 August - Doubletake (Network Ten)
13 August - The Haunting of Cassie Palmer (ABC TV)
16 August - The Irish R.M. (ABC TV)
17 August - Spearfield's Daughter (Channel Seven)
21 August - Victoria Wood as Seen on TV (ABC TV)
23 August - M.A.S.K. (Nine Network)
24 August - The Centurions (Network Ten)
26 August - Street Hawk (Network Ten)
6 September - ThunderCats (Channel Seven)
11 September - Anna of the Five Towns (ABC TV)
18 September - Spenser: For Hire (Nine Network)
22 September - Going Bananas (ABC TV)
23 September - The Croc-Note Show (ABC TV)
29 September - Small Wonder (Nine Network)
30 September - Chessgame (Nine Network)
6 October - All at No 20 (ABC TV)
26 October - Galtar and the Golden Lance (Channel Seven)
4 November - Lady Blue (Channel Seven)
7 November - Airwolf (Channel Seven)
10 November - 227 (Network Ten)
10 November - Call to Glory (Network Ten)
10 November - The Magical World of Gigi (Network Ten)
11 November - Foley Square (Nine Network)
11 November - Mary (Nine Network)
11 November - Lime Street (Channel Seven)
12 November - Our Family Honor (Channel Seven)
12 November - Detective in the House (Channel Seven)
13 November - Call to Glory (Network Ten)
14 November - Riptide (Network Ten)
17 November - Relative Strangers (ABC TV)
23 November - Jem (Network Ten)
25 November - MacGruder and Loud (Nine Network)
27 November - Hawaiian Heat (Nine Network)
12 December - Aspel and Co. (ABC TV)
15 December - Roland Rat (ABC TV)
15 December - Country GP (ABC TV)
15 December - Quaq Quao (ABC TV)
15 December - Let's Read with Basil Brush (ABC TV)
18 December - You Again? (Network Ten)
22 December - The Care Bears (Network Ten)
29 December - The Hot Shoe Show (ABC TV)
29 December - Television Parts (ABC TV)
1986 in Australian television Wikipedia
This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had previously premiered on another Australian television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959 – 1999)
Four Corners (1961 – present)
Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971 – 1999, 2009 – 2010)
Young Talent Time (1971 – 1989)
Countdown (1974 – 1987)
60 Minutes (1979 – present)
Prisoner (1979 – 1986)
Sale of the Century (1980 – 2001)
Wheel of Fortune (1981 – 2008)
Sunday (1981 – 2008)
Today (1982 – present)
Perfect Match (1984 – 1989)
Neighbours (1985 – present)
The Flying Doctors (1986 – 1993)