2001 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television


  • 1 January – Digital Television arrives in the major state capitals of Australia, with the ABC and SBS permitted to operate multi-channel services.
  • 1 February – The Network Ten undergoes a major revamp in its production and circle logo and on air graphics as a part of a new network re-launch, with the launch of its motto Seriously Ten, which are both currently in use to the 2012 revamp.
  • 5 February – The Weakest Link premieres on the Seven Network, airing twice a week, Mondays and Fridays. After the AFL season concludes, the latter show is shifted to Thursdays.
  • 24 April – The Australian version of Big Brother premieres on Network Ten.
  • 25 April - Brooke Marshall wins the second season of The Mole, taking home $100,000 in prize money. Michael Laffy is revealed as the Mole, and Hal Pritchard is the runner-up.
  • 2 June - The ABBA Tribute Show goes to air live on the Nine Network.
  • 24 June – Australian children's Sunday morning wrapper programme Couch Potato airs its final episode on ABC hosted by Abby Coleman and David Heinrich and finishing up with a rerun of SimsalaGrimm.
  • 16 July –
  • 1 August – The ABC launches its very first digital multi-channel service ABC Kids. The channel airs programmes aimed at children and runs from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
  • 11 September – Television networks relay coverage from CNN, NBC, ABC America and the BBC for up to 48 hours in the wake of the 11 September attacks. Ten News made the record books as the first Australian Television News Service to ever cover the Coverage on its Late News bulletin with Sandra Sully.
  • November – After Prime Television axes Regional television news bulletins in Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra, and Southern Cross Ten axes regional bulletins in Canberra and North Queensland, the ABA holds an inquiry into the adequacy of regional news services. Bulletins eventually return to those areas in 2004, albeit in the form of two-minute updates during weekdays in the ratings season.
  • 1 November – The ABC launches another digital multi-channel service called Fly TV. Airing from 6:00pm to 6:00am, the channel broadcasts music videos, reviews, comedy, drama, news programming, sport programmes, cartoons and current affairs for teenagers and young adults.
  • December – After 21 years, Sale of the Century is "rested". It later returns to the Nine Network as Temptation in 2005 and runs until 2007.
  • December – The Nine Network will introduce a watermark on its programs. Until now, the Channel Nine watermark will now be broadcast on all news (until 2008 for the major revamp of its news bulletins, but reinstated in late 2009), current affairs and Live programs.
  • December - A record $72,900 is won on The Weakest Link's special titled The Best of the Best.




Program Channel Debut date
The Big Arvo Seven Network 1 February
The Weakest Link Seven Network 5 February
Cash Bonanza Nine Network 3 March
Big Brother Network Ten 23 April
Insiders ABC 15 July
Cybergirl Network Ten 21 July
All Aussie Adventures Network Ten 5 August
McLeod's Daughters Nine Network 8 August
The Glass House ABC 10 August
Always Greener Seven Network 9 September
Catalyst ABC 2001
Fishing Australia WIN Television 2001
The Great South East Seven Network (Queensland) 2001
Hook, Line and Sinker Southern Cross Tasmania 2001
The World Game SBS TV 2001
Greed Network Ten 2001


Program Channel Debut date
United States Passions Seven Network 29 January
United States Malcolm in the Middle Nine Network February
Canada Shadow Raiders ABC TV 13 February
United Kingdom Canada France The Baskervilles ABC TV 26 February
Canada Angela Anaconda ABC TV 27 February
United States Sheep in the Big City Nine Network 14 May
United States The Zeta Project Nine Network 16 May
Japan Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 SBS TV 19 May
United States X-Men: Evolution Nine Network 25 May
United States House of Mouse Seven Network 2 June
United States Jackie Chan Adventures Network Ten 1 July
United Kingdom Cubeez ABC TV 2 July
United Kingdom Titch ABC TV 16 July
United Kingdom Rosie and Jim ABC TV 1 August
United Kingdom Preston Pig ABC TV 7 August
United States Rocket Power Network Ten 31 August
United States Butt-Ugly Martians Network Ten 1 October
United Kingdom Bill and Ben ABC TV 3 October
United Kingdom Tiny Planets ABC TV 30 October
United Kingdom El Nombre ABC TV 19 November
United States Canada Sitting Ducks ABC TV 19 November
United Kingdom Albie ABC TV 6 December

Subscription television[edit]


Program Channel Debut date
Kate & Julia[1] Arena 8 August


Program Channel Debut date
Maury United States Maury[2] Arena March
Custer's Last Stand Up United Kingdom Custer's Last Stand Up[3] Nickelodeon 16 March
As Told by Ginger United States As Told by Ginger[3][4] Nickelodeon 6 April
Being Eve New Zealand Being Eve[5] Nickelodeon 24 August
Invader Zim United States Invader Zim[6] Nickelodeon Q3/Q4

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
Eugénie Sandler P.I.[6] Nickelodeon ABC TV 3 August


Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United Kingdom An Actor's Life For Me[7][8] UKTV ABC TV 10 April
United States Angel[9] Fox8 Seven Network[citation needed] 24 April
United Kingdom Full Wax[10][11] UKTV ABC TV 1 June
Brittas Empire, The United Kingdom The Brittas Empire[10][12] UKTV ABC TV 6 June
United States Friends[13] Oh! Nine Network 3 July
Drew Carey Show, The United States The Drew Carey Show[13] Oh! Nine Network July
United States ER[13] Oh! Nine Network August


Program Channel Debut date
2001 Kids' Choice Awards United States 2001 Kids' Choice Awards[3] Nickelodeon 12 May

Television shows[edit]


Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
24 June Couch Potato ABC 1991
6 August Water Rats Channel Nine 1996
September Burgo's Catch Phrase Channel Nine 1997
29 November Sale Of The Century Channel Nine 1980


  1. ^ "Funnygirls pairing up". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). 8 August 2001. p. H02. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Kerrie (19 April 2001). "ScreenWatch – Pep talk for kids". The Australian (Sydney, Australia: News Limited). p. M26. 
  3. ^ a b c Nick Nooze (Nickelodeon (Australia)). Autumn. 2001. 
  4. ^ "What's New On Nick? – April 2001". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2001. Archived from the original on 11 April 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "What's New On Nick? – August 2001". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2001. Archived from the original on 5 August 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Nick Nooze (Nickelodeon (Australia)). October. 2001. 
  7. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2001. Archived from the original on 28 April 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Simon (16 January 1995). "A state of being – gag after gag". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 15. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Englund, Vicki (24 April 2001). "TV Reviews". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia: News Limited). p. 22. 
  10. ^ a b "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2001. Archived from the original on 16 June 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Gill, Raymond (31 March 1993). "Ruby is a comic gem". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Stewart, Alison (21 December 1992). "THE BRITTAS EMPIRE". The Sydney Morning Herald (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c Idato, Michael (17 June 2001). "Briefs". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 3. Retrieved 27 December 2009. Friends, makes its long overdue cable premiere in Australia on July 3. The cable channel Oh! will also premiere The Drew Carey Show in July and E.R. in August.