2003 in Australian television

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Events[edit]

  • 10 February5 years since the last show, Ray Martin returns to the hosting role on Nine's A Current Affair.
  • 19 AprilRove McManus wins the 2003 TV WEEK Gold Logie.
  • 25 JuneNeighbours producers has announced that star Delta Goodrem will not renew her contract with the Network Ten series when it expires in next month. He is expected to be seen on-air until September.
  • 27 June – TEN axes vintage episode reruns of Neighbours earlier through the 1991 series after very bad ratings and on the following Monday June 30, TEN launches the one hour afternoon news bulletin instead. In 2002 Neighbours rated only 70,000 viewers during the whole 1990 series.
  • 30 June – Two of the ABC's digital television service channels ABC Kids and Fly TV closed down due to funding cuts from the Federal Government.
  • 28 September – Shaun Faulkner wins the fourth and final season of The Mole, taking home $104,000 in prize money. Petrina Edge is revealed as the Mole, and Nathan Beves is the runner-up.
  • 10 October - After protests from the community during the Vietnam War, SBS TV has chosen to cancel its broadcasts of the state-run news service across Vietnam.
  • 23 October – Axed-Neighbours star Delta Goodrem wins the GOLD ARIA for Single of the Year at the 2003 ARIA Awards, along with 6 trophies, including John Farnham being inducted to the Hall of Fame and blasted the speakers loud to 1985's "You're The Voice".
  • 19 November – The first series of Australian Idol was won by Guy Sebastian defeating Shannon Noll, along with his very first single, Angels Brought Me Here debuting at #1 on the ARIA Top 50 singles and Video Hits Top 20 singles chart reaching 4 time Platinum and album Just as I Am debuted at #1 and was reached 6 times Platinum. In 2010, Angels Brought Me Here ranked #1 on the ARIA end of decade singles chart.
  • 5 December - After six years of reading the news together, Ross Symonds and Ann Sanders are both stood down as presenters of Seven News Sydney following years of dismal ratings to rival National Nine News Sydney. Ian Ross replace them as of 2004.
  • 22 December – Australian children's comedy series The Ferals returns to air on ABC after a very long absence since 1995. Rather than airing in the afternoons on Mondays at 5:00pm, the series now airs at 11:20am weekday mornings.
  • December - Channel Nine takes a new record as the network wins all 40 weeks of ratings.

Debuts[edit]

Seven Network[edit]

Date Program
February Your Life on the Lawn
1 May Greeks on the Roof [1]
8 May Big Bite [2]
13 July (Sunday 7.30pm) Deal or No Deal [3]

Network Ten[edit]

Date Program
27 July Australian Idol

New International Programming[edit]

Program Network Debut date
Red Cap United Kingdom Red Cap [4] ABC TV 19 September
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy United States Queer Eye for the Straight Guy [5] Network Ten 29 September
Wire, The United States The Wire [6] Nine Network 18 November
United Kingdom Fimbles ABC TV 3 February
United Kingdom Rubberdubbers ABC TV 11 August
Japan Beyblade Network Ten 2003

Subscription television[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Islandares[7] Nickelodeon 7 February

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Bruiser[8] UKTV 4 January
United Kingdom World of Pub[9] UKTV 1 February
United Kingdom Roger Roger[9] UKTV 25 February
United States Punk'd [10] MTV 1 July
United Kingdom Chalk[11] UKTV 19 July
United States That's So Raven[12] Disney Channel 18 August

Free-to-air premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian free-to-air television that had previously premiered on Australian subscription television. Programs may still air on the original subscription television network.

International[edit]

Program Free-to-air network Subscription network Date
United States Jackass [13] Network Ten MTV 5 February

Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian subscription television that had previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air on the original free-to-air television network.

Domestic[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Outriders [7] Nickelodeon Nine Network 28 January
Hi-5 [14] Nickelodeon Nine Network Q4

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Degrassi Junior High Canada Degrassi Junior High [7] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 28 January
United Kingdom Pie in the Sky [15] UKTV ABC TV[citation needed] 1 February
United Kingdom Sunburn[16] UKTV [citation needed] 16 March
Sk8 Canada/United States Sk8 [17] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 5 May
Kids of Degrassi Street, The Canada The Kids of Degrassi Street [18] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 28 July
Viva S Club United Kingdom Viva S Club [18] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 28 July
Blobheads Canada Blobheads [14] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 17 October
United Kingdom North Square[19][20] UKTV ABC TV 12 November
Henry's World Canada Henry's World [14] Nickelodeon ABC TV 1 October

Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States 2003 Kids' Choice Awards[17] Nickelodeon 10 May
United States 2003 Teen Choice Awards[21] Fox Kids 25 October

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eff 'n' bewdiful, The Age, 1 May 2003.
  2. ^ Race for year's worst show, The Age, 8 May 2003.
  3. ^ Who wants to be a multimillionaire?, The Age, 10 July 2003.
  4. ^ Hassall, Greg (19 September 2003). "Red Cap". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Warneke, Ross (2 October 2003). "Gay gurus make a splash". The Age. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Hassall, Greg (24 November 2003). "TV previews". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 10. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? - February 2003". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 7 February 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 8 January 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 16 February 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Trading in Star Misery". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). 26 June 2003. p. I02. "Punk'd debuts on MTV this Tuesday at 9.30pm." 
  11. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 15 July 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Charlotte, Charlotte (17 August 2003). TV Guide. "Playing in the zone". Sunday Herald Sun. p. X06. 
  13. ^ ADAMS, CAMERON (5 February 2003). "Here comes trouble - Jackass hits Australia". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). p. H07. 
  14. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? - Term 4". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 4 December 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Today's Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 1 February 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  16. ^ ellis, scott (16 March 2003). "PAY TV HIGHLIGHTS". The Sunday Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 8. 
  17. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? - Term 2 2003". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 8 June 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  18. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? - Term 3". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 3 August 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  19. ^ Schembri, Jim; Paul Kalina (6 November 2003). "Wednesday". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 27. 
  20. ^ Courtis, Brian (20 February 2002). "Silky briefs and stolen Y-fronts". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 12. 
  21. ^ "FOXTEL Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 7 October 2003. Retrieved 18 January 2010.