2006 in Australian television

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Events[edit]

  • 2 January – The Seven and Ten Networks outbid Channel Nine and are awarded the rights to broadcast the AFL from 2007–2011 for a record $780 million. Also around this time, Seven announce that they have won the rights to broadcast the V8 Supercars from 2007 onwards.
  • 30 January – Channel Nine launches a new logo and major revamp, dropping the famous dots and replacing it with a stand-alone nine in a blue box.
  • 9 February – The Nine Network announces Eddie McGuire in his new role as the network's new CEO.
  • 3 April - After weeks of poor ratings Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? airs for the final time on Monday Nights. It returns for a short period following an 18-month break due to McGuire's role as CEO for the Nine Network.
  • 4 June – After 12 years and a record-breaking 510 episodes, the last episode of the Seven Network show Blue Heelers goes to air.
  • 30 June – Australian soap opera Neighbours Broadcasts its 5000th episode, which sees Paul Robinson trapped in a mineshaft by his son Robert.
  • 14 September – Today Tonight host Naomi Robson is deported from Indonesia after doing a story on a West Papuan boy called Wa Wa who, supposedly, was going to be eaten by cannibals. This sparks a war of words between Seven and Nine, who ran the original story on Wa Wa in May on 60 Minutes. Naomi presents her final edition of Today Tonight on 1 December.
  • 18 October – PBL announces the sale of 50% of the Nine Network, including its 50% stake in ninemsn and ACP to CVC Asia Pacific for $4.5 billion.

Ratings[edit]

New Channels[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Free-to-air television[edit]

Program Network Debut date
RAN – Remote Area Nurse SBS TV 5 January
The Chaser's War on Everything [3] ABC TV 17 February
Head 2 Head [4] ABC TV 18 February
Can We Help? ABC TV 9 June
jtv ABC TV 29 July
First Tuesday Book Club ABC TV 1 August
Good Game [5] ABC2 19 September
Operatunity Oz [6] ABC TV 8 October
Speaking in Tongues SBS TV 7 November
Food Safari SBS TV 6 December

Seven Network[edit]

Date Program
26 February Where Are They Now
28 May It Takes Two
13 August You May Be Right
Axed after four episodes
16 August The Master
Axed after one episode but returned later in the year
22 August The Force: Behind the Line
6 September Police Files: Unlocked
8 October The Real Seachange

Nine Network[edit]

Date Program
13 February Bert's Family Feud
19 February Clever
21 February Magda's Funny Bits
11 May Hello/Goodbye
29 May What's Good For You
21 June Wine Me, Dine Me [7]
30 June Mortified
11 July Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice
25 July Quizmania
14 August Two Twisted
2 October What a Year
19 October Big Questions
5 November Do It

Network Ten[edit]

Date Program
30 January 9am with David and Kim
13 February The Biggest Loser [8]
15 February Bondi Rescue
5 April Thank God You're Here
30 May The Wedge
7 July H2O: Just Add Water
12 July Honey, We're Killing the Kids
1 August Cyber Shack [5]
17 August David Tench Tonight [9]
22 August Real Stories
25 October Tripping Over [10]
21 December Puzzle Play

Pay TV[edit]

Date Program Channel
5 January Crown Australian Celebrity Poker Challenge[11] FOX8
29 November An Aussie Goes Barmy FOX8 [12]

New International Programming[edit]

ABC TV[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Doc Martin [13] ABC TV 18 February
Worst Week of My Life, TheUnited Kingdom The Worst Week of My Life [14] ABC TV 5 April
United Kingdom Bleak House [15] ABC TV 9 July
Sensitive SkinUnited Kingdom Sensitive Skin [16][17] ABC TV 15 September
IT Crowd, TheUnited Kingdom The IT Crowd[18] ABC TV 27 September

SBS TV[edit]

Date Program
30 January United Kingdom Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
17 July Brazil City of Men
2 December Belgium Russian Dolls: Sex Trade
12 December United Kingdom Top Gear

Seven Network[edit]

Date Program
1 February United States Prison Break
25 October United States The Unit
5 December New Zealand SCU: Serious Crash Unit
5 December United States Life As We Know It

Network Ten[edit]

Date Program
21 September United States Jericho
3 December United Kingdom Wild at Heart [19]

Subscription television[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Entourage[20] Arena 1 January
United States Hannah Montana[21] Disney Channel 21 April
Surreal Life, The United States The Surreal Life (Beginning with season 3, seasons 1[22] and 2 aired later)[23] VH1 June
United States Kept [24] VH1 June
United Kingdom Emmerdale [25] UKTV 2 July
United States Strange Love [26] VH1 5 September
United States SuperGroup [27] VH1 6 September
United States So NoTORIous [28] VH1 2 October
United States House of Carters[29] E! 4 November
Celebrity Fit Club United States Celebrity Fit Club [30][31] VH1 2 December

Programming Changes[edit]

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.

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United States Lost [32] Fox8 Seven Network 27 November

Television shows[edit]

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2000s[edit]

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Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
4 June Blue Heelers Seven Network 18 January 1994
28 July Wheel of Fortune Seven Network 21 July 1981
27 August Business Sunday Nine Network 2 March 1986
4 September You May Be Right Seven Network 13 August 2006
29 October 2006 Operatunity Oz ABC TV 8 October 2006
26 November Sportsworld Seven Network 1987
9 December Head 2 Head ABC TV 18 February 2006
20 December In the Box Network Ten 21 December 1998

TV movies[edit]

References[edit]

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