2000 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television


  • 1 January – The Seven Network introduces a new logo, the first one not to have the 7 inside a circle, which is still in use as of today.
  • 17 January – Australia soap opera Something in the Air premieres on ABC. It was the very first Australian television series to be filmed in widescreen.
  • 31 January – Dragon Ball Z premieres on Network Ten as part of Cheez TV. Originally using the censored Ocean dub before switching to the uncut Funimation dub.
  • 1 February – Popstars becomes the first Australian reality talent show, earning massive ratings for the Seven Network, leading to Bardot, the end product of the show. It becomes the first Australian act to debut at the number 1 position with both its debut single and debut album.
  • 8 February – Due to GTV-9's Burgo's Catch Phrase losing its ratings, the Seven Network's smash-hit puzzle show, Wheel Of Fortune changes the new cash values on the Wheel. The changes to top Dollars were from $500 to $750 in Round 1, $1000 to $1500 in Rounds 2 & 3 and $2000 to $2500 in Round 4. The Proton car Wedge is introduced on the wheel. The show's highest-rating 4000th Episode was screened on 13 June, then the Battle Of The Champions special was screened in September, before it followed with the Sydney Olympics.
  • 8 February – Australia's Funniest Home Video Show returns and starts in 2000 with a new look format, a new theme song and a relocation from Sydney to Melbourne. Also on that month, it moved to "Every Saturday Nights" at 6:30 PM.
  • 21 February – Nine Network's Australian game show Sale of the Century returns by rebranding their name to Sale of the New Century and celebrates 20 years on air.
  • 27 February – The first ever reality TV show to debut in Australia, The Mole debuts on the Seven Network. Five more seasons follow.
  • 6 March – Foxtel introduces a new sports channel called The Fox Footy Channel. It runs until 4:00 AM on 1 October 2006, with the final ever broadcast being the 2006 AFL Grand Final.
  • 24 April – Jan Moody wins the first season of The Mole, taking home $115,000 in prize money. Alan Mason is revealed as the Mole, and Abby Coleman is the runner-up.
  • 18 July – Former Hey Hey It's Saturday team member/Red Faces gong master judge Red Symons, became the first celebrity to miss the $500,000 question on the three-hour celebrity special on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
  • 27 August – Australian drama series SeaChange returns for a third season on ABC.
  • 28 August – Then-58-year-old Brisbane resident Trevor Sauer becomes the first person to win $500,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
  • September – The Sydney Olympics earn record ratings for Channel 7 with the Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and its continuous coverage.
  • 9 October – Rove McManus's weekly talk show Rove Live makes its debut on Network Ten after it was axed by Nine Network in 1999.
  • 9 December – Final episode of the Australian drama series SeaChange is broadcast on the ABC.
  • 19 December – The Seven Network loses the TV rights to the AFL for the first time, since televised football began in 1957. The rights are won by a Nine Network-Network Ten-Foxtel consortium.
  • TV stations conduct test transmissions in digital.


New channels[edit]



Program Channel Debut date
Something in the Air ABC 17 January
Gloria's House Seven Network 16 September
Eugenie Sandler P.I. ABC 30 October
Fresh Nine Network 2000
Li'l Horrors Seven Network 2000


Program Channel Debut date
United States Canada Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad Network Ten 3 January
Japan Dragon Ball Z Network Ten 31 January
Canada Daring and Grace: Teen Detectives ABC 14 March
United States Bear in the Big Blue House ABC 3 April
Canada The Adventures of Sam and Max: Freelance Police Network Ten 27 April
Australia United States Farscape Nine Network 20 May
United Kingdom Little Monsters ABC 3 July
United Kingdom Tweenies ABC 4 July
Canada Franklin ABC 6 July
United Kingdom Animal Stories ABC 31 July
United Kingdom France Pablo the Little Red Fox ABC 30 August
United Kingdom Tales of the Little Grey Rabbit ABC 18 September
United Kingdom Sheeep ABC 3 November
United States The West Wing Nine Network 28 November
France Walter Melon Network Ten 29 November
United States The Avengers: United They Stand Network Ten 29 November
Germany SimsalaGrimm ABC 6 December
Japan Willow Town Network Ten 18 December
Japan Digimon: Digital Monsters Network Ten 2000
Canada Bad Dog Network Ten 2000
United States The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Network Ten 2000
United States Canada Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy Seven Network 2000
United States Sonic Underground Seven Network 2000
United States Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Seven Network 2000
United States Detention Nine Network 2000
United States Mickey Mouse Works Seven Network 2000

Subscription Television[edit]


Program Channel Debut date
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd United States 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd[2] Nickelodeon 3 March
Rotten Ralph United Kingdom Rotten Ralph[2][3] Nickelodeon 4 March
SpongeBob SquarePants United States SpongeBob SquarePants[2][3] Nickelodeon 6 March
Just A Kid United States Just a Kid[4] Nickelodeon 7 April
United States Highlander: The Raven[5] Fox8 20 November
Grange Hill United Kingdom Grange Hill[6] Nickelodeon December
Radio Active Canada Radio Active[6] Nickelodeon December
Pelswick Canada Pelswick[6] Nickelodeon 1 December
Noah Knows Best United States Noah Knows Best[6] Nickelodeon 15 December
Canada Mega Babies Fox Kids 2000
Canada Mona the Vampire Nickelodeon 2000
United Kingdom Canada Anthony Ant Nickelodeon 2000
United States Courage the Cowardly Dog Cartoon Network 2000
United States Mission Hill The Comedy Channel 2000


Program Channel Debut date
United States 2000 American Comedy Awards[7] The Comedy Channel 6 August
United States Latin Grammy Awards 2000[5] Arena 4 November

Documentary Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Africa's Deadly Dozen[8] National Geographic Channel 4 November
When Dinosaurs Ruled: At the Ends of the Earth[8] Discovery Channel 16 November
Destination Space[8] National Geographic Channel 20 November
Wings: Hindenburg: Fire in the Sky[8] Discovery Channel 26 November

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
United States The Littles Network Ten Nine Network 2000

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.


Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Popstars[6] Nickelodeon Seven Network December


Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Moonlighting United States Moonlighting[9] TV1 Unknown 4 February
Miami 7 United Kingdom Miami 7[2] Nickelodeon Seven Network[citation needed] 3 March
United States Frasier[10] TV1 Nine Network 3 July
Angela Anaconda Canada Angela Anaconda[4] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] August

Ending This Year[edit]

Program Channel End date Debut date
SeaChange ABC 9 December 10 May 1998
Lizzie's Library ABC 29 May 6 November 1995
Good News Week Network Ten 27 May 19 April 1996


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  8. ^ a b c d "FOXTEL Highlights (Documentaries)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 9 December 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
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