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1994 in Australian television

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  • 18 January – Australian police drama series Blue Heelers premieres on Seven Network.
  • 28 January – American animated series Rugrats makes its debut on ABC at 5:30 pm.
  • 31 January – American children's action TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers debuts on Seven Network.
  • February – Network Ten launches Heartbreak High, a brand new schoolroom drama which was a spinoff of the 1993 Australian romantic comedy feature film The Heartbreak Kid.
  • February – Derryn Hinch has taken over Ray Martin's place as host of the Australian award winning reality series Midday.
  • 28 February – Australian long running children's TV series Mr Squiggle returns to ABC for a brand new series at 3:55 pm.
  • 3 March – British long running science fiction series Doctor Who airs on ABC for the last time in its original run at 4:30 am with the fourth and final part of the sixth and final serial of Season 22 Revelation of the Daleks.
  • 21 March – Final episode of the Australian comedy series Mother and Son airs on ABC.
  • 27 March – The Animals of Farthing Wood, a British children's animated series based on the books by Colin Dann premieres on ABC at 8:00 am as part of Couch Potato.
  • 10 April – Australian children's TV series Lift Off has spawned into a game show titled EC Plays Lift Off with Mr. Fish as the host and only running for 13 episodes. It will air on ABC on every Sunday morning as part of Couch Potato.
  • 11 April – Australian children's comedy series The Ferals premieres on ABC.
  • 11 April – Michael Tunn, the host of the ABC's Afternoon Show returns with a brand new music series called Loud as a replacement for the weekday afternoon magazine show that was axed in late 1993. The show includes music videos as well as reviews on movies and video games, feature stories on youth culture, musicians talking about their favourite music videos and on location interviews with bands and will be shown from Monday to Thursday at 5:30 pm.
  • 16 April – American children's TV series Barney and Friends premieres on Nine Network.
  • 29 April – In Neighbours, Jim Robinson dies from a heart attack. The last ever of the original 1985 cast members, Alan Dale departs the series. Anne Haddy becomes the last original cast member in Neighbours 8-year history. Julie Martin is the next character to be killed off the show following the past deaths of characters Daphne Clarke (Elaine Smith, 1988), Kerry Bishop (Linda Hartley, 1990), Harold Bishop (Ian Smith, 1991), Todd Landers (Kristian Schmid, 1992) & Jim Robinson (Alan Dale, 1993) being terminated and written out.
  • 30 April – The Tasmanian television market is aggregated, with TasTV (now WIN Television) taking a Nine Network affiliation & Southern Cross taking a dual Seven and Ten affiliation.
  • 9 May – Frontline a satirical look at current affairs television from Australian comedy group The D-Generation starts airing on ABC.
  • 16 May – A brand new Australian game show for children called A*mazing debuts on Seven Network. Hosted by James Sherry and airing at 4:30 pm, the show pitted teams from two different primary schools against each other during the course of a week. Points gained by each contestant during the week would be totalled up to decide the winning school at the end of each week.
  • 20 May – SBS commences transmission in Darwin.
  • 23 May – Australia's favourite koala Blinky Bill returns to television with a brand new animated series on ABC at 4:30 pm.
  • 20 June – Australian teen game show Vidiot returns to the ABC for a brand new series with Scott McRae taking over as presenter.
  • August – The Commonwealth Games are televised live on Network Ten from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 1 August – Melbourne's ATV10 celebrates 30 years of transmission.
  • 17 August – Australian comedy series Hey Dad..! hosts its final original episode on Seven Network.
  • 18 August – Australian soap opera Neighbours rebrands with new opening and closing titles and a brand new theme song sung by Melbourne-based singer Greg Hind.
  • October – In Neighbours The Kennedy Family (Susan, Karl, Libby, Billy, Mal) arrive at No. 28, Doug & Pam Willis leave for Darwin, Julie Martin is killed in the Murder Mystery Weekend.
  • October 19 - The Very Best Of The Don Lane Show (8.30pm, Nine) features Don Lane introducing some of the memorable segments to have come from the popular variety show that ran from 1975 to 1983, including footage of guest stars Mel Brooks, Billy Connolly, James Randi, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, Robin Williams, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Allen, John Farnham, Peter Sellers and Johnny O’Keefe. This special was remastered for a DVD release in 2004.
  • A Country Practice (1981–1993 on Channel 7) revival attempt on Channel 10 backfires and is swiftly cancelled due to low ratings.
  • Community Television starts with long-term trials of stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
  • Changes to network affiliation

    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.



    ABC TV

  • Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999)
  • Four Corners (1961–present)
  • Rage (1987–beyond)
  • G.P. (1989–1996)
  • Foreign Correspondent (1992–present)
  • The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (1994)
  • Seven Network

  • Wheel of Fortune (1981–1996, 1996–2003, 2004-beyond)
  • A Country Practice (1981–1994)
  • Home and Away (1988–present)
  • Family Feud (1988–1996)
  • Real Life (1992–1994)
  • The Great Outdoors (1993–2006, 2007)
  • Full Frontal (1993–present)
  • Nine Network

  • Sunday (1981–2008)
  • Today (1982 – present)
  • Sale of the Century (1980–2001)
  • A Current Affair (1971–1978, 1988–2005, 2006–present)
  • Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999)
  • The Midday Show (1973–1998)
  • 60 Minutes (1979–present)
  • The Flying Doctors (1986–1991)
  • Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990–2000, 2000–2004, 2005–present)
  • Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999)
  • Getaway (1992–present)
  • Our House (1993–2001)
  • Money (1993–2000)
  • Network Ten

  • Neighbours (1985 – present)
  • E Street (1989–1993)
  • Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton (1991–2005)
  • Sports Tonight (1993–2011)
  • References

    1994 in Australian television Wikipedia

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