1993 in Australian television
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- 4 January - Australian long running children's series Mr. Squiggle returns to the ABC for a brand new series with Rebecca Hetherington taking over as presenter and now running for 5 minutes.
- 11 January - The Australian version of the hit game show series Jeopardy! hosted by Tony Barber begins a brief run on Network Ten.
- 1 February - The Morning Show, changing its name to Good Morning Australia after the breakfast show ended. The Morning Show was the future title of a morning programme which made its debut 14 years later
- 7 February - The ABC launches its first foray into early-morning news and current affairs with a brand new programme called First Edition presented by Kate Dunstan and Doug Weller.
- 13 February - Hey Hey It's Saturday and Foreign Correspondent return for another year.
- 1 March - Prime broadcasts a brand new 6:00pm news and current affairs programme called Prime 6 O'Clock News.
- 3 March - The Birthday Cake Interview takes place. This is seen as a crucial factor in the surprise re-election of the ALP in the federal election.
- 8 March - British long running science fiction series Doctor Who returns to the ABC after a very long absence since its last air in January 1992. Now airing weekday mornings at 4:30am, the series will start with the first serial of Season 19 Castrovalva and will continue until March 3 1994 with the fourth and final part of the sixth and final serial of Season 22 Revelation of the Daleks.
- 15 March - Ten News Perth presenter Rachel McNally quits after a pay dispute and is replaced by Mikayla Turner.
- 19 March - TV Week Logie Awards hosted by Bert Newton airs on Network Ten.
- 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 become the last original cast member in Neighbours 8 year history.
- 24 May - Australian teen game show Vidiot presented by Eden Gaha returns for a brand new series on ABC.
- 31 May - A new drama series Paradise Beach begins on the Nine Network.
- 31 May - The Ruby League State of Origin. Queensland vs. NSW games were broadcast on Nine Network.
- 5 July - British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous debuts on the Nine Network.
- 30 August - A new late night sports round-up program Sports Tonight premieres on Network Ten.
- 8 September - American sitcom Seinfeld debuts on the Nine Network.
- 20 September - Australian early morning news program First Edition returns with a revamped format presented by Tony Eastley.
- 22 November - A Country Practice airs on Seven Network for the last time. It will soon be picked by Network Ten for a brief run in 1994.
- 25 November - Ray Martin presents his final episode of Midday. He moves on to A Current Affair in 1994 and is replaced in the Midday role by Derryn Hinch. As a result, Hinch moves from Melbourne to Sydney.
- 1 December - The Seven Network wins the ratings year for the fifth consecutive year in primetime, with a 34.9% share for Total People. The most watched program was Seven's AFL: 1993 AFL Grand Final.
- 7 December - American sitcom Seinfeld switches over to airing on Network Ten.
- 17 December - Australian children's weekday afternoon magazine series The Afternoon Show airs its final episode at 5:00pm on ABC with repeats of Widget and The Adventures of Tintin which were both animated series. It was also presented by Michael Tunn who will later host a replacement music show for the axed program called Loud.
- Canwest buys Network Ten from Westpac.
- Neighbours becomes the least watched drama for the fourth year running.
- ABC begins having a 24-hour transmission for the first time.
|The Great Outdoors||Seven Network||5 February|
|Prime 6 O'Clock News||Prime||1 March|
|Full Frontal||Seven Network||13 May|
|Sports Tonight||Network Ten||30 August|
|The Adventures of Blinky Bill||ABC TV||6 September|
|Our House||Nine Network||1993|
|Dodgem||ABC TV||11 January|
|Wild and Crazy Kids||ABC TV||13 January|
|Troublemakers||ABC TV||19 January|
|Fantastic Max||ABC TV||25 January|
|Spider!||ABC TV||8 February|
|The Adventures of Tintin||ABC TV||5 April|
|Noddy's Toyland Adventures||ABC TV||26 May|
|Absolutely Fabulous||ABC TV||5 July|
|Joshua Jones||ABC TV||4 August|
|Rupert||ABC TV||23 August|
|Seinfeld ||Nine Network||8 September|
|Freddie and Max||ABC TV||8 September|
|The Baby-Sitters Club||ABC||13 September|
|Madeline (TV specials)||ABC||28 September|
|Lamb Chop's Play Along||Seven Network||4 October|
|Truckers||ABC TV||6 October|
|Brum||ABC TV||6 October|
|Ghostwriter||ABC TV||11 October|
|Streetwise||ABC TV||20 October|
|Men Behaving Badly||ABC TV||6 December|
|Goof Troop||Seven Network||1993|
|Disney's The Little Mermaid||Seven Network||1993|
|The Adventures of T-Rex||Network Ten||1993|
|Fievel's American Tails||Network Ten||1993|
|The Ren and Stimpy Show||Network Ten||1993|
|The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends||ABC TV||6 December|
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.
|Program||New network(s)||Previous network(s)||Date|
|Seinfeld ||Network Ten||Nine Network||7 December|
- Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999)
- Four Corners (1961–present)
- Rage (1987–present)
- G.P. (1989–1996)
- Foreign Correspondent (1992–present)
- Wheel of Fortune (1981–1996, 1996–2003, 2004–06)
- A Country Practice (1981–1994)
- Home and Away (1988–present)
- Family Feud (1988–1996)
- Real Life (1992–1994)
- Sunday (1981 – 2008)
- Today (1982 – present)
- Sale of the Century (1980–2001)
- A Current Affair (1971–1978, 1988–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)
- Neighbours (1985 – present)
- E Street (1989–1993)
- Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton (1991–2005)
Ending this year
|November||E Street||Channel Ten||1989|
|17 December||The Afternoon Show||ABC||1987|