2016 in Australian television

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This is a list of Australian television related events, debuts, finales, and cancellations that are scheduled to occur in 2016, the 61st year of continuous operation of television in Australia.

List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event Source
1 The ABC's coverage of Sydney New Year's Eve is widely panned for the third consecutive year, with criticism of lame skits and pre-recorded performances. [1][2]
24 The Seven Network controversially broadcasts close up shots of Daria Gavrilova's training notes multiple times during its broadcast of the 2016 Australian Open. [3]
28 Stan signs an exclusive rights agreement with CBS Corporation and Showtime Networks. [4]

February[edit]

Date Event Source
1 Seven Network's breakfast show Sunrise gets a new on-air presentation and studio set, replacing the unchanged package which has been introduced in January 2010. [5]
Samantha Jade is announced as the inaugural TV Week Logie Awards Ambassador [6]
Mark Labbett is "unleashed" as the fifth Chaser on The Chase Australia. [7]
7 The official 2016 OzTam television ratings period begins. [8]
10 Weekend Today co-host Cameron Williams quits the Nine Network after stalled contract negotiations. However, he would return to the network less than twelve months later to replace the retiring Ken Sutcliffe as the sports presenter on Nine News Sydney. [9]
11 WIN Television launch legal action against Nine Network for streaming its metropolitan channels into WIN's regional markets via its 9Now app. [10]
12 Samantha Armytage is dumped from hosting a UNHCR event in Sydney, following an awkward skit on Sunrise a day earlier involving UNHCR spokesperson Kristin Davis. [11]
14 Garry Lyon quits The AFL Footy Show citing mental health issues. [12]
15 OzTAM release the first Video Player Measurement (VPM) ratings, which measure viewership of catch up platforms. [13]
17 Seven West Media report a first half net profit of $135.2 million, despite a 2% decrease in total television revenue (equating to $14.3 million). [14]
19 Foxtel launches legal action to block access to four torrent websites, it accuses of illegally distributing its programs, under recently introduced legislation which can force Australian ISPs to block website access with a Federal Court order. [15]
The Seven and Nine Networks reach a settlement in the Federal Court over a copyright claim on Nine's program The Hot Plate. The settlement sees Nine agree not to produce any further seasons of the program, and to never rebroadcast or distribute the first season. [16]
23 The Turnbull Cabinet approve media reforms proposed by Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield which would see the removal of the 'reach rule' and the 'two out of three' rule from the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. The reforms need to pass the Senate before being enacted. [17]
25 A blackout at TCN causes Nine Network failing to broadcast the national Nine News Now bulletin, while the Sydney Nine Afternoon News bulletin had to be broadcast from the QTQ Brisbane studio. [18]
26 Actor Sam Johnson, best known for The Secret Life of Us and Molly, announces his retirement from acting to focus on fundraising for cancer research. [19]
29 Fetch TV secures exclusive rights to Viacom (VIMN), by confirming plans to launch the Australian version of Comedy Central. [20]

March[edit]

Date Event Source
1 The Coalition partyroom pass Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield's proposed media reforms. In addition to the removal of the 'two out of three' rule and 'reach rule', it is proposed that a quota system be introduced for regional content after a merger event. [21]
A 60 Minutes camerman and producer are assaulted and injured while filming a story in Sweden on the European refugee crisis. [22]
2 Its announced that 14 months after being let go by Nine Network as a result of cost-cutting measures, Emma Freedman who formerly appeared on Weekend Today would return to the network as a presenter on Wide World of Sports. [23]
3 NRL legend Johnathan Thurston signs a five-year deal with Nine Network, which will see him co-host The NRL Footy Show as well as provide commentary on NRL games and stories. [24]
7 Seven West Media sign a content deal with Google to stream their content internationally via YouTube. [25]
10 Billy Brownless reveals on The AFL Footy Show his ex-wife had an affair with his fellow co-host Garry Lyon. [26]
13 Four Corners reporter Linton Besser and camera operator Louie Eroglu are arrested in Kuching, Malaysia after approaching Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for comment on his corruption scandal. [27]
14 14-year-old singer/guitarist Fletcher Pilon wins the eighth season of Australia's Got Talent.
15 Ian Cook, a Melbourne pilot, and Quoc Huong Vu, a Sydney-based cameraman, are killed in an ultralight aircraft crash in northern Victoria while filming The Amazing Race Vietnam. [28]
18 Nine Entertainment Co. purchase a 9.9% stake in regional broadcaster Southern Cross Media from Macquarie Group for $1.15 a share, ahead of expected media reforms which will see the removal of the 'reach rule'. [29]
20 A two-week Easter break in OzTam television ratings begins. [8]
22 New streaming service hayu launches in Australia. The service, owned by NBCUniversal, is dedicated to reality programming, featuring titles from NBCUniversal's library – with titles including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, as well as The Real Housewives and Top Chef franchises. [30]
30 OzTam extend consolidated ratings from 7 days to 28 days. [31]
Network Ten enter regional affiliation discussions with WIN Television, which if are successful would see in June 2016 the end of a 27-year affiliation agreement between Nine Network and WIN Television. [32]

April[edit]

Date Event Source
1 TV historian Ken McKay is honoured for his work to the field and presented with the WA Heritage Award. [33]
3 Former Network Ten sports reporter Mel McLaughlin makes her debut appearance on Seven News Sydney. As a result, Jim Wilson moves to the Friday & Saturday role on the bulletin, and Ryan Phelan is removed. [34]
Television presenter Daryl Somers makes a television comeback on the Nine Network as host of You're Back in the Room. [35]
Official OzTam ratings resume after a two-week non-ratings period over Easter. [8]
5 Nine Network report an 11% drop in revenue for their third quarter, which saw their share price drop 24.7% to $1.14. [36]
6 A power outage in Mackay, Queensland caused by bamboo touching the high voltage power lines saw the area lose TV reception as the lines affected serviced the local TV transmitters and the back up generators failed to work. [37]
7 Former Seven News presenter Rebecca Maddern debuts as the first permanent female co-host on The AFL Footy Show. [38][39][40]
A 60 Minutes crew, including co-host Tara Brown, are detained in Beirut while filming a story on a custody battle. [41][42][43]
13 The four 60 Minutes crew members (reporter Tara Brown, senior producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Ballment) who had been detained in Beirut, Lebanon (see 7 April) are charged with four separate charges, including kidnapping, causing harm and not respecting local authority. If pleaded guilty, they could each face a maximum of over 20 years in jail. [44][45]
Seven Network's Commercial Manager of Programming John Fitzgerald is charged with falsifying invoices to steal company funds. [46]
Former At the Movies presenters Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton receive honorary doctorates from Macquarie University for their contribution to the film industry. [47]
Australian actor Jack Charles is racially discriminated against in Melbourne, where he is refused taxi admittance twice in a single day. Charles had experienced this same form of racial prejudice in October 2015. [48]
16 Journalist and broadcaster Stan Grant is appointed to the federal government's Referendum Council. [49]
20 The 60 Minutes crew are released from Lebanese custody, with the personal charges against them dropped and Nine Network paying compensation for their release. However, they still face criminal charges. [50]
21 Network Ten report a first half profit of $13.4 million – the first time in four years they have reported a rise in profit. [51]
22 Commercial broadcasters Network Ten, Nine Network and Seven Network announce the launch of a new joint venture marketing company called Think TV which aims to persuade advertisers to continue to invest in free-to-air television. [52]
Legendary Australian broadcaster David Hill is honoured at the New York Festival, presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. [53]
27 Senior Constable Aaron Minns, who formerly appeared on Gold Coast Cops, pleads not guilty to four counts of common assault. [54]
28 In a landmark decision, the NSW Supreme Court ruled in favor of Nine Network over WIN Network in relation to Nine's online streaming of its metropolitan stations into WIN regions. The judge found streaming to not fall under the definition of broadcasting. [55]
A number of WIN Network Tasmania personnel are recognised at the Tasmanian Media Awards – namely sports reporter Brent Costelloe and cameraman Steve Fisher who won in the Best Sports Journalist and Best News Image categories respectively. [56]
29 Nine Entertainment Co. ends a 27-year affiliation agreement with WIN Corporation, instead partnering with Southern Cross Austereo in parts of regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, after securing a 50% revenue sharing deal with Southern Cross, higher than its 39% deal with WIN. [57][58]

May[edit]

Date Event Source
3 The 2016 Australian federal budget gives commercial broadcasters receive a 25% reduction in licence fees, while renewed tri-annual funding arrangements will see the ABC receive $3.1 billion and SBS $814 million over the next three years. [59]
6 Home and Away director Geoffrey Nottage is awarded the Australian Directors Guild Awards' The Michael Carson Award. [60]
8 The Logie Awards of 2016 are held, with Waleed Aly winning the Gold Logie and Noni Hazlehurst inducted into the Hall of Fame. [61][62]
15 Former The X Factor winner Dami Im comes second in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. [63]
20 Network Ten renew their affiliation agreement with Southern Cross Ten for Northern New South Wales for an additional five years. The new agreement begins 1 July 2016. [64]
29 For the first time in the history of the Australian Directors Guild Awards the ceremony is broadcast on television, airing on Aurora. [65]

June[edit]

Date Event Source
1 Studio 10 is found to have breached its PG classification in a January episode. [66]
2 Former ABC boss Mark Scott accepts role as head of the NSW Department of Education. [67]
7flix changes from broadcasting in MPEG4 format to MPEG2, increasing its availability on older television sets. [68]
15 Seven decides not to proceed with program The Day the Cash Came, just a week before similar format The Briefcase premiered on Nine. [69]
21 SBS closes its internal international sales division [70]
28 Seven News US bureau chief Mike Amor is named television journalist of the year at the 58th Southern California Journalism Awards [71]
30 A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw marks 35 years at the Nine Network. [72]

July[edit]

Date Event Source
3 Luke and Cody are named winners of the fourth season of House Rules. [73]
4 Seven News launch a Gold Coast bulletin. Its debut wins its timeslot with 49,000 viewers, defeating long-standing rival bulletin Nine Gold Coast News with 34,000 viewers. [74]
6 Catalyst presenter Maryanne Demasi is suspended, following an internal review of a February episode of the program found it breached impartiality standards. [75]
10 Alfie Arcuri wins the fifth season of The Voice.

August[edit]

Date Event Source
2 Seven West Media announces a $207.3 million profit for the 2015-16 financial year, a fall of 0.9%. [76]
5 The Seven Network will broadcast the 2016 Summer Olympics. [77]
9 Former 60 Minutes reporter Michael Usher leaves the Nine Network and joins the Seven Network. He will present Seven News Investigates.
22 Australia Plus, operated by the ABC, announce international partnerships with Monash University, the Victorian State Government and commercial company Swisse. [78]
23 Prime Media Group announce a $93.5 million loss for the 2015-16 financial year. [79]
25 Southern Cross Austereo announce a $77.2 million profit for the 2015-16 financial year, a rise of 19%. [80]
Nine Entertainment Co. announce a $324.8 million profit for the 2015-16 financial year. [81]
29 Edwin Daly wins $1 million on Millionaire Hot Seat, becoming the first contestant to do so in the program's seven-year history. [82]

September[edit]

Date Event Source
2 Southern Cross Television in Tasmania is found to have breached election advertising rules [83]
13 The Seven and Nine Networks agree to share aerial visions in capital city markets, saving helicopter operating expenses [84]
16 Television in Australia turns 60. [85]
19 ABC's kids channel ABC3 is rebranded as ABC ME. [86]
21 Matt Eagles wins the second season of The Recruit [87]
24 Saturday Disney ends after a 26-year run on the Seven Network. [88]
27 Kate wins the inaugural season of Zumbo's Just Desserts [89]
28 A power outage affecting the entire state of South Australia for several hours sees dramatically low viewership figures from Adelaide viewers, including ratings of zero for many programs. [90]

October[edit]

November[edit]

Date Event Source
26 The last day of the official 2016 OzTam television ratings period. [8]
The Seven Network wins the ratings season for the tenth consecutive year. [91]

December[edit]

Date Event Source
1 News Corp Australia becomes sole owner of Sky News Australia's parent company. Former co-owners Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Co. and Sky plc will continue to supply content to Sky News and its sister channels. [92]

Television channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Channel closures[edit]

Affiliation Change[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Domestic series[edit]

List of domestic television series premieres
Program Original airdate Network Source
The Shapes 4 January ABC ME [131]
Tiny House Australia 4 January LifeStyle Home [132]
Food Safari Fire 7 January SBS [133]
The Family Law 14 January SBS [134]
The Latest with Laura Jayes 18 January Sky News Live [135]
Speers Tonight 28 January Sky News Live [136][137]
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Now! 31 January Eleven [138]
First Dates 3 February Seven Network [139]
Pyne & Marles 6 February Sky News Live [140]
Karvelas 7 February Sky News Live [141]
Here Come the Habibs 9 February Nine Network [142]
Wanted 9 February Seven Network [143]
The Point with Stan Grant 29 February NITV [144]
All Star Family Feud 14 March Network Ten [145]
Seven Year Switch 15 March Seven Network [146]
Best Bits 15 March Seven Network [147]
Long Lost Family 16 March Network Ten [148][149]
Inside Heston's World 31 March SBS [144]
You're Back in the Room 3 April Nine Network [150]
Airlock 16 April Syfy [151]
Tomorrow When the War Began 23 April ABC ME [152]
MTV Upload 5 May MTV Music [153]
Trendy 6 May Comedy Central [154]
Stage & Screen 11 May Foxtel Arts [155]
Wolf Creek 12 May Stan [156]
Tweet the Beat 16 May V Hits [157]
Surfing The Menu: The Next Generation 22 May ABC [158]
DNA Nation 17 May SBS [159]
Kiss Bang Love 24 May Seven Network [160]
Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance 24 May LifeStyle Food [161]
The NRL Rookie 31 May 9Go! [162][163]
Cleverman 2 June ABC [164]
Melbourne Comedy Festival's Big Three-Oh! 3 June The Comedy Channel [165][166]
Secret City 5 June Showcase [167]
The Briefcase 20 June Nine Network [168]
Slime Cup 1 July Nickelodeon [169]
The Kettering Incident 4 July Showcase [170]
Saturday Edition 9 July Sky News Live [171]
Sunday Edition 10 July Sky News Live [171]
The B Team with Peter Berner 16 July Sky News Live [172]
Zumbo's Just Desserts 22 August Seven Network [173][174]
Anh's Brush with Fame 24 August ABC [175]
Doctor Doctor 14 September Nine Network [176]
Unreal Estate 27 September Nine Network [177]
I Own Australia's Best Home 28 September LifeStyle Home [178]
The Wrong Girl 28 September Network Ten [148]
The Secret Daughter 3 October Seven Network [179]
Hyde & Seek 3 October Nine Network [162]
Deep Water 5 October SBS [144]
Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia 7 October Seven Network [180]
Deadline Design with Shaynna Blaze 19 October LifeStyle Home [178]
Say Yes to the Dress: Australia 26 October TLC [181]
Sydney Harbour Patrol 30 October Discovery Channel [182][183]
Credlin & Keneally 16 November Sky News Live [184]
Pacific Heat 27 November The Comedy Channel [185][186]
Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia 27 November The Comedy Channel [187][186]
Prison: First & Last 24 Hours Planned for 2016
but did not air
Nine Network [162]
Sex Ed Planned for 2016
but did not air
Nine Network [188]
Sunday Night Takeaway Planned for 2016
but did not air
Seven Network [179]
The Day the Cash Came Production cancelled[189] Seven Network [179]
This Time Next Year Delayed to 2017[190] Nine Network [162]
Travel Guides Delayed to 2017[190] Nine Network [177]
Bride of Jaws TBA Discovery Channel [178]
Question Everything TBA Discovery Channel [182]

International series[edit]

List of international television series premieres
Program Original airdate Network Country of origin Source
Men, Women, Wild 5 January Discovery Channel United States [132]
Brainstormers 6 January Discovery Science United States [132]
Midwinter of the Spirit 6 January BBC First United Kingdom [132]
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 7 January Discovery Science United States [132]
Sweets Made Simple 8 January LifeStyle Food United Kingdom [132]
Family Guns 9 January A&E United States [132]
My Big Redneck Vacation 9 January A&E United States [132]
The Getaway 9 January Nat Geo People United States [132]
Shadowhunters 13 January Netflix United States [191]
Kate & Mim-Mim 14 January Disney Junior Canada [192]
Bunk'd 14 January Disney Channel United States [192]
Mighty Magiswords 16 January Cartoon Network United States [192]
The Shannara Chronicles 16 January Syfy United States [193]
Idiot Sitter 18 January The Comedy Channel United States [194]
The Real Housewives of Potomac 18 January Arena United States [194]
Grossbusters 20 January MTV United States [194]
Just Jillian 20 January E! United States [194]
DC's Legends of Tomorrow 22 January FOX8 United States [195]
Recipe for Deception 22 January Arena United States [194]
Life on Marbs 24 January Arena United Kingdom [194]
PJ Masks 25 January 9Go! France [196]
Earth to Luna! 25 January Discovery Kids Brazil [192]
Billions 25 January Stan United States [197]
Baskets 26 January The Comedy Channel United States [198]
The Brokenwood Mysteries 27 January 13th Street New Zealand [199]
Killjoys 30 January Syfy United States [199]
The X-Files 31 January Network Ten United States [200]
War & Peace 31 January BBC First United Kingdom [178]
Fresh Beat Band of Spies 1 February Nick Jr. United States [201]
Jay Leno's Garage 1 February Discovery Turbo United States [202]
Supernoobs 1 February Cartoon Network Canada [203]
Angel from Hell 2 February Eleven United States [204]
Hollywood Medium 2 February E! United States [205]
Next Step Realty: NYC 2 February Arena United States [205]
Bordertown 3 February Eleven United States [204]
Ellen's Design Challenge 3 February Style United States [206]
Black Gold 4 February A&E United States [205]
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 4 February Eleven United States [207]
Food Porn 5 February LifeStyle Food United States [205]
LEGO Nexo Knights 6 February Cartoon Network Denmark [203]
Dickensian 7 February BBC First United Kingdom [205]
Game Shakers 8 February Nickelodeon United States [201]
Cuffs 13 February ABC United Kingdom [208]
Vinyl 15 February showcase United States [209]
WITS Academy 15 February Nickelodeon United States [201]
Impossible Engineering 16 February Discovery Science United States [210]
Animals. 17 February The Comedy Channel United States [211]
The Frankenstein Chronicles 18 February BBC First United Kingdom [212]
Love 19 February Netflix United States [213]
Her Story: The Female Revolution 20 February BBC World News United Kingdom [214]
Judge Rinder 22 February LifeStyle You United Kingdom [215]
Fuller House 26 February Netflix United States [216]
The Lion Guard 28 February Disney Junior United States [217]
The Hunt 2 March Nine Network United Kingdom [162]
Happyish 3 March Stan United States [218]
American Crime Story 6 March Network Ten United States [219]
Flaked 11 March Netflix United States [213]
Gigolos 11 March Stan United States [220]
Queens of Pop 12 March Foxtel Arts United States [221]
Capital 15 March BBC First United Kingdom [222]
Odyssey 20 March Seven Network United States [223]
Hemsley & Hemsley: Healthy & Delicious 21 March LifeStyle Food United Kingdom [224]
Galavant 22 March 7flix United States [225][226]
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce 23 March Presto United States [227]
Lost & Found Music Studio 1 April Netflix United States [213]
The Ranch 1 April Netflix United States [213][228]
Car Crash Couples 5 April MTV United Kingdom [229]
Heartbeat 7 April Universal Channel United States [230]
The Powerpuff Girls 9 April Cartoon Network United States [231]
Dice 10 April Stan United States [232]
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 10 April 7flix United States [233]
The Girlfriend Experience 11 April Stan United States [234]
Kong: King of the Apes 15 April Netflix United States [213]
Containment 20 April Stan United States [235]
Mad Dogs 22 April Stan United States [236]
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 25 April Seven Network United States [237]
Hoff the Record 27 April The Comedy Channel United Kingdom [238]
Bugging Out 28 April MTV United States [239]
Lucifer 4 May FX United States [240]
Hap and Leonard 5 May Showcase United States [241]
Marseille 5 May Netflix France [213][242]
The Unexplained Files 8 May Discovery Science United States [243]
Coast New Zealand 9 May History New Zealand [244]
60 Days In 11 May CI United States [245][246]
Chelsea 11 May Netflix United States [247]
The Magicians 13 May Syfy United States [248]
Blunt Talk 19 May Stan United States [249]
Great Wild North 25 May A&E United States [250]
Agent Carter June 7flix United States [225]
Guitar Star 2 June Foxtel Arts United Kingdom [251]
Word Party 3 June Netflix United States [213]
Outcast 4 June FX United States [252]
Rush Hour 9 June Seven Network United States [253]
Famously Single 16 June E! United States [254]
Undercover 19 June BBC First United Kingdom [255]
The Grinder July Eleven United States [148]
Stranger Things 15 July Netflix United States [213]
Life in Pieces 27 July Network Ten United States [148]
Shades of Blue 2 August Universal Channel United States [256]
Queen of the South 4 August showcase United States [256]
Botched by Nature 11 August E! United States [257]
The Get Down 12 August Netflix United States [213]
Code Black 25 August Seven Network United States
Rob & Chyna 12 September E! United States [258]
Million Dollar Listing New York 25 September Arena United States [259]
Quarry 3 October showcase United States [260]
Race for the White House 3 October History United States [260]
WAGS Miami 5 October E! United States [260]
Total Bellas 6 October E! United States [260]
The Catch 10 October Seven Network United States [261]
Catching Kelce 11 October E! United States [262]
Mum 11 October BBC First United Kingdom [262]
The American West 11 October History United States [262]
Divorce 12 October showcase United States [262]
Teachers 24 October The Comedy Channel United States [263]
Love, Nina 1 November BBC First United Kingdom [264]
High Maintenance 3 November showcase United States [264]
Insert Name Here 8 November UKTV United Kingdom [265]
Mars 13 November National Geographic Channel United States [265]
The Exorcist 4 December showcase United States [266]
Mariah's World 5 December E! United States [267]
Paranormal Lockdown 24 December TLC United States [268]
Grandfathered TBA 7flix United States [225]
The Family TBA Seven Network United States [269]
Weather Gone Viral TBA Nine Network United Kingdom [270]
Westworld TBA showcase United States [271]

Telemovies and miniseries[edit]

List of domestic telemovie and miniseries premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network Source
Molly 7 February Seven Network [179]
The Second TBA Stan [272]
List of international telemovie and miniseries premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network Country of origin Source
Stakes 18 January Cartoon Network United States [192]
Long Live the Royals 26 January Cartoon Network United States [192]
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar 6 February Disney Junior United States [217]
11.22.63 16 February Stan United States [273]
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny 26 February Netflix United States/China [274]
Pee-wee's Big Holiday 18 March Netflix United States [275]
The Night Manager 20 March BBC First United Kingdom [276]
Murder 23 March BBC First United Kingdom [277]
And Then There Were None 23 April BBC First United Kingdom/United States [278]
Special Correspondents 29 April Netflix United States [279]
Confirmation 22 May Showcase United States [280]
The Do-Over 27 May Netflix United States [281]
All the Way 29 May Showcase United States [282]
Maigret 12 June BBC First United Kingdom [283]
Looking: The Movie 28 July Showcase United States [284]
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens 1 August Syfy United States [285]

Documentaries[edit]

List of domestic television documentary premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network Source
Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches 11 February Foxtel Arts [286]
List of international television documentary premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network Country of origin Source
Hollywood Censored 18 February Foxtel Arts United States [287]
Women He's Undressed 28 February Showcase United States [288]
Back on Board: Greg Louganis 6 March Showcase United States [289]
The Paedophile Hunters 23 March CI United Kingdom [290]
Only the Dead 3 April Showcase United States [291]
Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty? 8 April Discovery Channel United States [292]
Springsteen & I 19 April Max United States [293]
In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali 4 June History United States [294]

Specials[edit]

List of domestic television special premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network(s) Source
Australia Day 2016: Live at Sydney Opera House 26 January Network Ten [295]
What Really Happens on the Gold Coast 26 January Seven Network [296]
5th AACTA International Awards 31 January Foxtel Arts [297]
An Audience with the Cast of Wentworth 3 May SoHo [298]
The People's Forum with Malcolm Turnbull & Bill Shorten 13 May Sky News [299]
Peter Garrett: A Version of Now – The Full Story 12 July Max [300]
Home and Away: Revenge 19 December Presto/Foxtel Play [301][302]
Home and Away: All or Nothing Delayed to 26 January 2017 Presto/Foxtel Play [301][302]
List of international television special premieres
Program Original airdate(s) Network(s) Country of origin Source
LEGO Scooby-Doo: Knight Time Terror 26 January Boomerang United States [192]
Grease: Live 2 February Nine Network United States [303]
69th British Academy Film Awards 15 February UKTV United Kingdom [304]
58th Annual Grammy Awards 16 February Fox8 United States [305]
Liza Minnelli Plays the AVO Session 19 February Foxtel Arts United States [306]
2016 Brit Awards 25 February UKTV United Kingdom [307]
Jethro Tull: Live AVO Session 27 February Foxtel Arts United States [308]
Nashville: On The Record 3 3 March SoHo United States [309][310]
2016 Kids' Choice Awards 13 March Nickelodeon United States [311]
The Passion 25 March Foxtel Arts United States [312]
Game of Thrones: The Story so Far 6 April Showcase United States [313]
2016 MTV Movie Awards 11 April MTV United States [314]
2016 Billboard Music Awards 23 May V Hits United States [315]
Sinatra 100: An All Star Grammy Concert 29 May Foxtel Arts United States [316]
Linguini Brothers Tarantella 2000 25 December 9Go! Canada [301][302]
Kid Bass featuring Sincere Goodgirls Love Rudeboys 25 December Nine Network South Africa [301][302]

Programming changes[edit]

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

Criteria for inclusion in the following list is that Australian premiere episodes will air in Australia for the first time on a new channel. This includes when a program is moved from a free-to-air network's primary channel to a digital multi-channel, as well as when a program moves between subscription television channels – provided the preceding criteria is met. Ended television series which change networks for repeat broadcasts are not included in the list.

List of domestic television series which changed network affiliation
Program Date New network Previous network(s) Source
Saturday Disney 19 March 7flix 7TWO
The Bolt Report 25 April Sky News Network Ten [317]
Australian Survivor 21 August Network Ten Nine Network
Seven Network
[148]
The Great Australian Spelling Bee 27 August Eleven Network Ten
List of international television series which changed network affiliation
Program Date New network Previous network Country of origin Source
American Idol 7 January FOX8 Eleven United States [318]
Pokémon 1 February Boomerang Cartoon Network Japan [319]
Once Upon a Time 29 February 7flix 7TWO United States [225]
The Muppets 1 March 7flix Seven Network United States [225]
The Mindy Project 2 March 7flix Seven Network United States [225]
The Amazing Race 3 March 7flix Seven Network United States [225]
Grey's Anatomy 21 March 7flix Seven Network United States [225][320]
How To Get Away With Murder 21 March 7flix Seven Network United States [225][320]
The Mindy Project 1 April Presto 7flix United States [321][322]
Sparkle Friends 30 April 9Go! ABC3 New Zealand [225][320]
Pocket Protectors 30 April 7TWO ABC3 New Zealand [225][320]
Sonic Boom 20 June Boomerang Cartoon Network United States, France [323]

Free-to-air premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian free-to-air television that had previously premiered on Australian subscription television. Programs may still air on the original subscription television network.

List of international television series which premiered on free-to-air television for the first time
Program Date Free-to-air network Subscription network(s) Country of origin Source
Ultimate Airport Dubai 5 February Nine Network National Geographic Channel United Arab Emirates [324]
Cristela 6 February Eleven Fox8 United States [204]
Fresh Off the Boat 7 March Eleven Fox8 United States [204]
Scandal 21 March 7flix Presto United States [225][320]
PJ Masks 4 April 9Go! Disney Junior France [196]

Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their debut on Australian subscription television, having previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air (first or repeat) on the original free-to-air television network.

List of domestic television series which premiered on subscription television for the first time
Program Date Free-to-air network Subscription network(s) Source
Winter 31 May Seven Network 13th Street

[325]

Bringing Sexy Back 31 May Seven Network Style Network

[325]

List of international television series which premiered on subscription television for the first time
Program Date Free-to-air network Subscription network(s) Country of origin Source
The Blacklist 22 March Seven Network FX United States

[326]

The Mysteries of Laura 19 September Nine Network Universal Channel United States [259]
Blindspot 18 October Seven Network Universal Channel United States [327]

Returning programs[edit]

Australian produced programs which are returning with a new season after being absent from television from the previous calendar year.

List of returning domestic television series
Program Return date Network Original run Source
Australia's Got Talent 1 February Nine Network 2007–2013; intermittently [162][328]
Saturday Live 30 April Sky News Live 2013 [329][330]
20 to 1 31 May Nine Network 2005–2011 [177]
Offspring 29 June Network Ten 2010–2014 [331]
Australian Survivor 21 August Network Ten 2002–2006; intermittently [148]

Endings[edit]

List of domestic television series endings
Program End date Network Start date Ref
Reporting Live 21 April Sky News Live 28 January 2016 [332]
Richo April Sky News Live 23 February 2011 [333]
Kiss Bang Love 5 July Seven Network 24 May [334]
Saturday Disney 24 September Seven Network
7TWO
7flix
27 January 1990
Good Game 6 December ABC2 19 September 2006 [335]
SportsNight with James Bracey 16 December Sky News Live 27 January 2013 [336]

See also[edit]

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