1987 in Australian television

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The following quote came from Seven National News reporter Alan Murrell on the 27 December 1987 edition regarding the move:

"Tonight will mark the end of the callsigns ADS-7 and SAS-10. Tomorrow, they be rebranded as ADS-10 and SAS-7. It’s the first time such a change has been made. The switch follows a media shake-up earlier this year, which left ADS in the hands of the owners of the Ten Network. Already, the cosmetic changes are being made at Strangways Terrace in Gilberton. But viewers will notice little difference. They’ll still turn the knob to Ten for Channel Ten programs, and to Seven for Seven programs.

"The only difference will be that the local personalities will be seen on different channels. So if you want to watch Steve Witterman and Caroline Ainslie reading the news tomorrow night, you simply turn the dial three positions, from Seven-to ADS-10. And it’s as easy as that."


Program Network Debut date
Hey Dad...! Seven Network 11 February
The Afternoon Show ABC TV 16 February
The Dingo Principle ABC TV 6 April
Rage ABC TV 17 April
Night Shift Network Ten April
MTV Nine Network April
Pals ABC TV 13 July
Burke's Backyard Nine Network 12 September
Kaboodle ABC TV 26 October

New International Programming[edit]

Program Network Debut date
United Kingdom EastEnders ABC TV 5 January
Canada The Kids of Degrassi Street ABC TV 2 February
United States ALF Seven Network 8 February
Canada Today's Special ABC TV 16 February
United Kingdom Henry's Cat ABC TV 16 February
France The Mysterious Cities of Gold ABC TV 16 February
United Kingdom Return of the Antelope ABC TV 16 February
United States Yogi's Treasure Hunt Seven Network 28 February
United Kingdom Barriers ABC TV 9 March
United Kingdom Alias the Jester ABC TV 23 March
United Kingdom Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends ABC TV 6 April
Canada The Campbells ABC TV 13 April
Canada You Can't Do That on Television ABC TV 13 April
United States Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry ABC TV 16 April
United States Defenders of the Earth Seven Network 26 April
Wales SuperTed ABC TV 27 April
United States The Real Ghostbusters Network Ten 2 May
United States Pound Puppies Seven Network 2 May
United Kingdom Jimbo and the Jet-Set ABC TV 11 May
United States Silverhawks Seven Network 4 July
United States Kissyfur Seven Network 5 July
United Kingdom Executive Stress ABC TV 6 July
Norway Teacher Haze ABC TV 6 July
United Kingdom The Adventures of Portland Bill ABC TV 10 August
United States Popples Nine Network 15 August
United Kingdom The Family Ness ABC TV 17 August
France Robo Story ABC TV 17 August
Japan Canada The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ABC TV 17 September
United States The Berenstain Bears ABC TV 21 September
United Kingdom Chocky's Challenge ABC TV 5 October
United States Ghostbusters ABC TV 5 October
United States The Flintstone Kids Seven Network 10 October
United States DuckTales Seven Network 11 October
United Kingdom Slinger's Day ABC TV 16 November
United States The Bold and the Beautiful Network Ten 23 November
Japan Belle and Sebastian ABC TV 8 December
United Kingdom Puddle Lane ABC TV 14 December
United Kingdom Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest ABC TV 14 December

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

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
Mother and Son Network Ten ABC TV February
Butterfly Island Seven Network ABC TV 1987


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Seven Network Nine Network 1987
United States The New Scooby-Doo Movies Seven Network Nine Network 1987
United States Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Seven Network Nine Network 1987

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Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
January World of Sport Seven Melbourne 1959
19 July Countdown ABC 1974
July Sons and Daughters Channel Seven 1982
August The New Adventures of Blinky Bill ABC 1984

Returning this year[edit]

TV movies[edit]