1998 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

  • February – Kim Kilbey starts hosting Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, replacing long-time host Jo Beth Taylor.
  • 12 February – British Swiss children's animated TV series Pingu (which started off as a segment on Seven Network's The Book Place) makes its air on ABC for the very first time starting off with the first two episodes at 8:25am. It will later broadcast several more episodes on 24 March at 3:55pm and again in several months on weekdays at 10:25am, 9:25am, 7:25am (for Sundays), 8:25am (for a second time) and at 4:55pm (until 1 January 1999 in all states and on 8 January 1999 in Western Australia).
  • 16 February – The pink rabbit Mixy from The Ferals/Feral TV presents her very own children's weekday morning block on ABC starting from 7:30am to 10:00am.
  • 16 February – British children's TV series Teletubbies debuts on ABC.
  • 18 February – Australian talk show The Panel debuts on Network Ten.
  • 24 February – Australian hospital drama series All Saints debuts on Seven Network.
  • 27 March – Darwin finally gets a second commercial television station when TND-34 opens, taking a Seven Network affiliation.
  • WIN Television WA is granted a licence to broadcast to regional & remote Western Australia.
  • 10 May – Australian drama series SeaChange debuts on ABC.
  • 24 June – In the magic moment is Neighbours 13-year history here was one incident, Karl Kennedy has a massive fight with Susan Kennedy about his feud with serial bombshell Sarah Beaumont, and slaps him in the face very hard.
  • 20 July - Hey Hey It's Saturday launches its Red Faces documentary series and spin off Gonged But Not Forgotten, premieres at 8.30pm, on the Nine Network
  • 31 July – The Wiggles' first self-titled television series, screens on the Seven Network.
  • 5 October – Pokémon makes it debut on Network Ten.
  • 27 November – After 25 years, The Midday Show is retired by the Nine Network. A Current Affair draws with a final goodbye with Ray Martin in the hot-seat before retiring for the very last time. Martin was replaced by Mike Munro from December 1998. Martin returns to the program 5 years later. On the same night, Brian Naylor retires from reading Melbourne's National Nine News after 20 years.
  • December – The remote Central & Eastern Australia markets are aggregated, with Imparja taking a Nine Network affiliation & Seven Central (formerly QSTV) taking a joint Seven & Network Ten affiliation.
  • 20 December – The pay television station, Disney Channel Australia launch the Wiggles in a TV special taking place in Disneyland, California titled The Wiggles Live at Disneyland, this was later screened on the Seven Network. Future Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman hosts the 1998 Carols In The Domain, live on the Seven Network.
  • 21 December – Network Ten debuts a brand new children's series aimed at pre-schoolers called In the Box.

Debuts[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Breakers Network Ten 2 February
Mixy ABC TV 16 February
The Panel Network Ten 18 February
All Saints Seven Network 24 February
Lil' Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers ABC TV 6 March
Denise Seven Network 20 April
Battle of the Sexes Network Ten 27 April
SeaChange ABC TV 10 May
The Micallef P(r)ogram(me) ABC TV 11 May
Live and Kicking Seven Network 20 May
Petals ABC TV 1 June
Tabaluga Seven Network 13 June
Gonged But Not Forgotten: Australia's Best & Worst Of Red Faces Nine Network 20 July
The Wiggles Seven Network 31 July
Minty ABC TV 20 August
Something Stupid Seven Network 31 August
Stingers Nine Network 29 September
Skippy: Adventures in Bushtown Nine Network 8 October
House From Hell Network Ten 8 October
The Toothbrush Family (season 2) Network Ten 10 October
Ketchup: Cats Who Cook Network Ten 10 October
The Big Cheez Network Ten 10 October
Strassman Nine Network 12 October
The Russell Gilbert Show Nine Network 19 October
Global Village SBS TV 30 November
In the Box Network Ten 21 December
Misery Guts Nine Network 31 December

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States The Lazarus Man Seven Network 8 January
United States All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series Seven Network 20 January
United States The Last Frontier Seven Network 22 January
United States Big Bad Beetleborgs Network Ten 2 February
United States Jumanji Network Ten 6 February
United States Men in Black: The Series Network Ten 6 February
United Kingdom/Italy Nostromo ABC TV 6 February
Canada Stickin' Around (TV series) ABC TV 8 February
United States Veronica's Closet Nine Network 9 February
United States Just Shoot Me! Network Ten 11 February
United Kingdom/Switzerland Pingu ABC TV 12 February
United Kingdom Teletubbies ABC TV 16 February
United States Extreme Dinosaurs Network Ten 16 February
United States Dharma and Greg Seven Network 1 March
United States Goode Behavior Seven Network 2 March
United States/Canada The Little Lulu Show ABC TV 6 March
United Kingdom Kipper ABC TV 8 April
United Kingdom Soul Music ABC TV 17 April
United States The Angry Beavers ABC TV 21 April
United States/Canada Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Network Ten 4 May
United States Mummies Alive! Seven Network 5 May
United States Bureau of Alien Detectors Network Ten 15 May
United States Extreme Ghostbusters Network Ten 18 May
United States Power Rangers Turbo Seven Network 21 May
United Kingdom True Tilda ABC TV 24 May
New Zealand Hairy Maclary ABC TV 1 June
United Kingdom The Forgotten Toys ABC TV 1 June
United Kingdom The Morph Files ABC TV 1 June
United Kingdom Wyrd Sisters ABC TV 5 June
Canada Freaky Stories ABC TV 8 June
United States Space: Above and Beyond SBS 28 June
Canada/New Zealand The Adventures of the Black Stallion Seven Network 28 June
United States Baywatch Nights Network Ten 30 June
United Kingdom Silent Witness ABC TV 3 July
United Kingdom Animal Shelf ABC TV 7 July
United Kingdom Enid Blyton's Enchanted Lands ABC TV 7 July
United States EZ Streets Network Ten 8 July
United States Deadly Games Seven Network 14 July
United States Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist SBS TV 18 July
United Kingdom Game On ABC TV 23 July
United States Working Seven Network 9 August
United Kingdom Reckless Seven Network 12 August
New Zealand Oscar and Friends ABC TV 12 August
United Kingdom The Scold's Bridle ABC TV 16 August
United States Ally McBeal Seven Network 24 August
United Kingdom The Fast Show SBS TV 12 September
United States Cow and Chicken Seven Network 24 September
New Zealand The Magical World of Margaret Mahy ABC TV 28 September
United States Mr. Rhodes Seven Network 1 October
United States USA High Seven Network 3 October
Japan Pokémon Network Ten 5 October
United Kingdom How Do You Want Me? ABC TV 2 November
United States Felicity Seven Network 30 November
United States The Net Network Ten 2 December
Canada PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Network Ten 2 December
United States V.I.P. Network Ten 4 December
United Kingdom Brambly Hedge Nine Network 5 December
United States Kids Say the Darndest Things Nine Network 8 December
United States The Gregory Hines Show Nine Network 19 December
United States Meego Nine Network 19 December
United Kingdom/France Oscar's Orchestra ABC TV 28 December
Spain Koki ABC TV 31 December
United States Jungle Cubs Seven Network 1998

Subscription television[edit]

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Good & Evil[1] thecomedychannel January
United States The Wacky World of Tex Avery The Disney Channel January
United States Pepper Ann The Disney Channel January
United States Nightmare Ned The Disney Channel January
United Kingdom Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's[2] arena 1 January
United States Extreme Machines[3] Discovery Channel 6 January
United States Guiding Light[4] FOX Soap 12 January
United States Singled Out[5] MTV Australia 1 April
United Kingdom Renford Rejects[6] Nickelodeon 5 June
Journey of Allen Strange, The United States The Journey of Allen Strange[6] Nickelodeon 1 July
United Kingdom Family Affairs[7] UKTV 3 July
United States CatDog[8] Nickelodeon 10 October
Wild Thornberrys, The United States The Wild Thornberrys[9] Nickelodeon 12 December
Canada Franklin Nickelodeon 1998
Canada/United Kingdom/France The Adventures of Paddington Bear Nickelodeon 1998
Sweden/United Kingdom The 3 Friends and Jerry Nickelodeon 1998
United States/Canada The Adventures of Sinbad Fox Kids 1998
United States Bear in the Big Blue House The Disney Channel 1998
Canada/United States/France The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures Nickelodeon 1998
France Kassai and Luk Nickelodeon 1998
United Kingdom Rex the Runt The Comedy Channel 1998

Telemovies[edit]

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom King Leek[2] arena 29 January

Specials[edit]

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Paul Reiser: Three and Half Blocks From Home[1] thecomedychannel 18 January

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.

Domestic[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
The Gift ABC TV Nine Network 28 December

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United Kingdom Keeping Up Appearances Seven Network ABC 28 March
United States The New Archies Network Ten Nine Network 8 May
United Kingdom Jim Henson's The Storyteller ABC Network Ten 7 July

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.

Domestic[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Crocodoo[10] Cartoon Network Nine Network 5 January

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United Kingdom Taffik[11] UKTV [citation needed] 4 January
Adventures of Tintin, TheFrance/Canada The Adventures of Tintin[10] Cartoon Network ABC TV[citation needed] 5 January
United Kingdom 99 - 1[2] arena [citation needed] 11 January
United Kingdom Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit[11] UKTV ABC TV[citation needed] 17 January
United Kingdom The Fear[11] UKTV [citation needed] 22 January
United Kingdom Lillie[12] UKTV Seven Network[citation needed] 2 April
United States South Park[13] The Comedy Channel SBS TV 2 June
United States Seinfeld[14][15] TV1 Network Ten[citation needed] 6 July
United Kingdom Woof![8] Nickelodeon Nine Network
ABC TV[citation needed]
5 September
Demon Headmaster, The United Kingdom The Demon Headmaster [8] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 5 September
United Kingdom Delta Wave [8] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 5 September
United States American Gothic[16] TV1 Network Ten 5 December
Chronicles of Narnia, The United Kingdom The Chronicles of Narnia [9] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 6 December

Television shows[edit]

ABC

Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
27 November The Midday Show Channel Nine 1985
27 November In Melbourne Tonight Channel Nine 1996 (II)
1998 A*mazing Seven Network 1994
1998 Time Masters Seven Network 1996
1998 The Price Is Right Nine Network 1993

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "thecomedychannel Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "arena Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Discovery Channel Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "FOX Soap Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Shaw, Meaghan; Harris, Paul; Kalina, Paul; Farrant, Darrin (26 March 1998). "Programs – Wednesday". The Age Green Guide. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 44. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Nickelodeon (Australia) (1998). Nick Nooze. 1. 
  7. ^ Schembri, Jim; Harris, Paul; Kalina, Paul (30 July 1998). "Programs – Monday". The Age Green Guide. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 32. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d Nickelodeon (Australia) (1998). Nick Nooze. 2. 
  9. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? – December 1998". Nickelodeon (Australia). 1998. Archived from the original on 6 December 1998. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Cartoon Network Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c "UKTV Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 17 January 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Shaw, Meaghan; Harris, Paul; Kalina, Paul (2 April 1998). "Programs – Thursday". The Age Green Guide. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 42. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Freeman, Jane (11 May 1998). "A high-flier takes a walk". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 27 December 2009. And thecomedychannel on Foxtel has already snapped up the show for pay television from June 2. 
  14. ^ Elder, Bruce (1997-03-30). "The new MUSIC WARS". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 13. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  15. ^ TIPPET, GARY; PAUL HARRIS; PAUL KALINA; DARRIN FARRANT (2 July 1998). "Programs – Wednesday". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 32. Retrieved 27 December 2009. For those who tuned in to this re-run of the sitcom – which kicked off on Monday with the rarely-seen pilot 
  16. ^ Joyce, James (11 July 1998). "Prime skips Heartbeat". Newcastle Herald. Newcastle, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 27 December 2009. TV1 has picked up the rerun rights to Shaun Cassidy's short-lived American terror series American Gothic (originally screened on Ten) and will air the twisted drama from December 5.