1992 in Australian television
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- 1 January – The Victorian television market is aggregated, with VIC TV (now WIN Television) becoming the Nine Network affiliate, Prime Television taking a Seven Network affiliation & Southern Cross Network (now Southern Cross Ten) taking the Network Ten affiliation.
- 3 January – The long running British science fiction series Doctor Who airs its finale broadcast on ABC with the fourth and final part of the seventh and final serial of Season 18 Logopolis. For the rest of 1992 there were no more broadcasts of Doctor Who until 8 March 1993 with the first serial of Season 19 Castrovalva. The show will finish airing on 3 March 1994.
- 6 January – Neighbours and Home and Away return for 1992 now both screening against each other in the 7:30 pm timeslot.
- 20 January – Network Ten launches weeknight "First at Five" news on its five capital city stations.
- 20 January – Bert Newton returns to television as host of a new talk show on Network Ten The Morning Show.
- 27 January – Australian evening current affairs program The 7.30 Report returns to ABC for the new year.
- February – Ex-Europe Correspondent Ian Henderson takes over as newsreader for the 7.00 pm ABC News in Victoria after Mary Delahunty left to replace John Jost for the Victoria Edition of The 7.30 Report.
- 8 February – Network Ten's troubled soap opera Neighbours is another attempt to bring back to its former 1980s ratings glory, producers are ramping up the show's storylines as well as writing out four cast members while signing up three new faces. Lorraine Bayly, Jeremy Angerson, Andrew Williams and Gillian being terminated and are all leaving the show in coming weeks – while Ben Mitchell and Felice Arena are joining the series, and former guest star Natalie Imbruglia is returning for an ongoing role. Producer Don Battye is confident of re-signing Melissa Bell when her contract expires mid-year, despite moves to have her swap over to Ten's other evening soap, E Street. Veteran actor Tom Oliver has been re-signed with Neighbours, with plans to romantically match up his character Lou Carpenter to now-widowed Madge Bishop (Anne Charleston). Producers are also casting for two teenagers to enter the series as Carpenter's children. Another romantic storyline being devised by writers is set to involve Lucy Robinson (Melissa Bell) and Brad Willis (Scott Michaelson).
- 9 February – Three of Nine Network's current affairs lineup programmes 60 Minutes, Sunday and Business Sunday return for another year.
- 10 February – Australian comedy series Mother and Son returns for a new series on ABC.
- 10 February – The Nine Network launches a new game show called Supermarket Sweep presented by Ian Turpie, making his last game show appearance before his passing in 2012.
- 12 February – American sitcom Home Improvement starring American stand-up comedian Tim Allen debuts on Seven Network.
- 14 February – Australian gardening and lifestyle series Burke's Backyard returns for another year. This time host Don Burke is joined by presenters Dr. Harry Cooper, Peter Harris and Densey Clyne.
- 14 March – Australian documentary series Foreign Correspondent debuts on the ABC.
- 8 May – Australian children's educational TV series Lift Off debuts on ABC at 2:00 pm every Friday. It later aired weekdays at 4:30 pm in June and on Saturdays at 6:00 pm in November.
- 8 June – Australian teen game show Vidiot presented by Eden Gaha debuts on ABC.
- 18 July – Australian comedy series The Late Show starring The D-Generation starts airing on the ABC running for two seasons.
- 20 July – ABC debuts children's TV series Bananas in Pyjamas.
- 4 September – Kerry Packer and Channel Nine pulls the plug on Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos midway through the show.
- 6 November – Final episode of the Australian children's game show Big Square Eye airs on the ABC.
- 26 November – Accident-prone comedy sketch show Fast forward airs its final episode on Seven Network. It returns in 1993 with the rebranded name Full Frontal, which is the same as FF. Fast Forward continued specials in 1993 and 1994.
- 21 December – Network Ten debuts a new weekday morning program for children called The Big Breakfast.
|Real Life||Seven Network||20 January|
|The Morning Show||Network Ten||20 January|
|Supermarket Sweep||Nine Network||10 February|
|Phoenix||ABC TV||13 February|
|Saturday at Rick's||Nine Network||22 February|
|Sylvania Waters||ABC TV||7 March|
|Foreign Correspondent||ABC TV||14 March|
|Sex||Nine Network||19 March|
|Sunday Football||Nine Network||22 March|
|Ferry Boat Fred||ABC TV||30 March|
|The Adventures of Skippy||Nine Network||4 May|
|Lift Off||ABC TV||8 May|
|Getaway||Nine Network||14 May|
|A Dog's Life||ABC TV||29 May|
|Vidiot||ABC TV||8 June|
|Totally Wild||Network Ten||12 July|
|The Late Show||ABC TV||18 July|
|Bananas in Pyjamas||ABC TV||20 July|
|Bony||Seven Network||15 August|
|My Two Wives||Nine Network||8 September|
|Bingles||Network Ten||5 December|
|The Big Breakfast||Network Ten||21 December|
|Dragnet Today||Network Ten||1 January|
|The Secret Cabaret||SBS TV||2 January|
|Dr. Krankenstein||SBS TV||2 January|
|Clowning Around||Seven Network||5 January|
|Studs||Network Ten||6 January|
|Hammer, Slammer and Slade||Seven Network||12 January|
|Mad Scientist||Seven Network||18 January|
|Night of the Red Hunter||ABC TV||20 January|
|Cop Rock||Network Ten||23 January|
|WIOU||Network Ten||24 January|
|A Galactic Odyssey||Nine Network||26 January|
|Two by Two||ABC TV||28 January|
|Birds of a Feather||Seven Network||30 January|
|The Generation Game||Seven Network||1 February|
|Dinosaurs||Seven Network||2 February|
|Home Improvement||Seven Network||12 February|
|Freddy's Nightmares||Seven Network||13 February|
|Bicycle||SBS TV||18 February|
|Toxic Crusaders||Seven Network||21 February|
|Pim||SBS TV||22 February|
|The Magic Library||ABC TV||25 February|
|Zardip's Search for Healthy Wellness||ABC TV||26 February|
|Take a Look||ABC TV||26 February|
|Look Up||ABC TV||26 February|
|The Family Man (1990)||Seven Network||26 February|
|A Pup Named Scooby-Doo||Seven Network||3 March|
|Portrait of a Marriage||ABC TV||8 March|
|Gophers!||Network Ten||8 March|
|Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||ABC TV||5 April|
|Girls on Top||ABC TV||13 April|
|Katts and Dog||Nine Network||21 April|
|Heroes II: The Return||Network Ten||27 April|
|My Little Pony 'n Friends||Nine Network||2 May|
|Beetlejuice||Nine Network||2 May|
|Nellie the Elephant||ABC TV||4 May|
|The Darling Buds of May||Seven Network||8 May|
|Small World||ABC TV||11 May|
|Brother Felix and the Virgin Saint||ABC TV||17 May|
|Working Girl||Network Ten||18 May|
|Keeping Up Appearances||ABC TV||18 May|
|Yo Yogi!||Seven Network||22 May|
|The Brollys||ABC TV||25 May|
|This is David Lander||SBS TV||26 May|
|Passengers||SBS TV||28 May|
|Return to the Magic Library||ABC TV||2 June|
|Uncle Buck||Network Ten||7 June|
|Beadle's About||Network Ten||9 June|
|Forget Me Not Farm||ABC TV||11 June|
|Tropical Heat||Network Ten||12 June|
|Best of the Worst||Seven Network||13 June|
|Herman's Head||Seven Network||25 June|
|Murder Squad||ABC TV||25 June|
|Coming of Age||Network Ten||29 June|
|The Red Green Show||SBS TV||30 June|
|Widget||ABC TV||6 July|
|Harry and the Hendersons||ABC TV||6 July|
|Titmuss Regained||ABC TV||12 July|
|One of the Boys (1989)||Seven Network||13 July|
|Watt on Earth||ABC TV||19 July|
|Nature Watch Digest||ABC TV||20 July|
|Tales from the Blue Crystal||ABC TV||30 July|
|The Ginger Tree||ABC TV||2 August|
|The Torkelsons||Seven Network||10 August|
|Central Brigade||SBS TV||12 August|
|Nightmare Cafe||Seven Network||12 August|
|New Guinea: An Island Apart||ABC TV||16 August|
|Step by Step||Seven Network||16 August|
|Pacific Station||Seven Network||25 August|
|Classic Cars||SBS TV||25 August|
|Coach||Network Ten||28 August|
|Parnell and the Englishwoman||ABC TV||30 August|
|Bangers and Mash||ABC TV||31 August|
|A Bit of Fry and Laurie||ABC TV||31 August|
|On the Up||ABC TV||7 September|
|Harris and Company||Network Ten||8 September|
|Worlds Beyond||ABC TV||13 September|
|Windfalls||ABC TV||14 September|
|Close to Home (1989)||Seven Network||17 September|
|Columbus and the Age of Discovery||SBS TV||20 September|
|Walter & Emily||Seven Network||23 September|
|Pyjamas for Three||SBS TV||1 October|
|Gruey||ABC TV||2 October|
|Raven||Nine Network||13 October|
|Kir Royal – Aus dem Leben eines Klatschreporters||SBS TV||30 October|
|Amerika||Nine Network||2 November|
|Cruel Doubt||Seven Network||15 November|
|Mother Love||ABC TV||23 November|
|The Power and the Glory||Nine Network||29 November|
|The Sharp End||ABC TV||1 December|
|The Commish||Nine Network||3 December|
|Nurses||Seven Network||6 December|
|Northern Exposure||Network Ten||10 December|
|May to December||ABC TV||12 December|
|The Trials of Rosie O'Neill||Nine Network||21 December|
|Samurai Pizza Cats||Seven Network||1992|
|The Legend of Prince Valiant||Seven Network||1992|
Changes to network affiliation
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|
|Clowning Around||ABC TV||Seven Network||20 December|
- Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999)
- Four Corners (1961–present)
- Rage (1987–present)
- G.P. (1989–1996)
- Foreign Correspondent (1992–present)
- The Late Show (1992–1993)
- Vidiot (1992–1995)
- Wheel of Fortune (1981–1996, 1996–2003, 2004-beyond)
- A Country Practice (1981–1994)
- Home and Away (1988–present)
- Family Feud (1988–1996)
- Fast forward (1989–1992)
- Sunday (1981–2008)
- Today (1982 – present)
- Sale of the Century (1980–2001)
- A Current Affair (1971–1978, 1988–2005, 2006–present)
- Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999)
- The Midday Show (1973–1998)
- 60 Minutes (1979–present)
- The Flying Doctors (1986–1991)
- Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990–present)
- Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999)
Ending this year
|7 February||The Bugs Bunny Show||Network Nine||1990|
|3 April||Chances||Nine Network||1991|
|1 May||Ferry Boat Fred||ABC||30 March 1992|
|4 May||Heroes II: The Return||Network Ten||27 April 1992|
|28 June||Sylvania Waters||ABC||7 March 1992|
|17 October||Double Dare||Network Ten||1989|
|6 November||Big Square Eye||ABC||1991|
|26 November||Fast forward||Channel Seven||1989|
|5 December||Kelly||Network Ten||1991|