13 April – ABC weekday afternoon magazine series The Afternoon Show updates its schedule by airing four different programmes on five different days of the week. One show (a brand new Canadian drama series called The Campbells) airs from Monday to Thursdays, the other (which is an Australian children's environmental series called Earthwatch now presented by David Smith) now airs only on Fridays, the next programme, a brand new sketch comedy series from Canada titled You Can't Do That on Television airs weekdays at 5:30pm and the last one includes reruns of the French-American animated series Inspector Gadget being shown weeknights at 6:00pm.
20 April – ABC comedy series The Dingo Principle broadcasts a mock interview with the Ayatollah Khomeini, which results in diplomatic tensions with Iran, including the expulsion of two Australian diplomats. Two weeks later, the ABC receives a letter of complaint from the Soviet embassy regarding a skit lampooning Russian figures Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Lenin.
17 August – The ABC broadcasts a lineup of children's morning programmes for the 7:00am to 10:00am timeslot for the first time.
12 September – Australian gardening and lifestyle programme Burke's Backyard premieres on Nine Network. It was also one of the first of the long line of prime-time “infotainment” and lifestyle programs on commercial television.
26 October – A new Australian children's television series called Kaboodle debuts on ABC.
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."