1985 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television



  • 11 February – Ray Martin takes over Mike Walsh's old daytime slot, replacing The Mike Walsh Show with Midday with Ray Martin. The Mike Walsh Show continues and moves to 10:30pm weekdays as a late night talk show until Walsh departs the network in November.
  • 18 February – Network 0/28 becomes known as SBS.
  • 4 March – The ABC launches a one-hour news and current affairs program called The National as a replacement for the traditional 7:00pm state-based news bulletins as well as its former current affairs program Nationwide. The new format, costing the national broadcaster a budgeted $25 million, turned out to be an expensive failure and lasted less than twelve months.
  • 18 March – Neighbours premieres on the Seven Network. Six months later Neighbours is axed by HSV-7, but Network Ten bought the rights and picks up the soap and it becomes a massive hit for them.
  • 25 March – Neighbours debuts in Brisbane.
  • 8 June – Hey Hey It's Saturday moves to 6:30pm Saturdays. Then Hey Hey It's Saturday Night rebrands back to its original title.
  • 30 June – SBS expands to Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Gold Coast.
  • 13–14 July – ABC televises the worldwide Live Aid event, featuring concerts held around the world.
  • Seven Network screens a late night sketchy comedy series called The Eleventh Hour featuring a number of performers who later appear in The Comedy Company and Fast Forward.


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Date Show Channel Debut
November New Faces Nine Network 1963
November (Late Night) The Mike Walsh Show Nine Network 1973
November The Ernie Sigley Show Nine Network 1968

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