2003 in Australian television

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Events[edit]

  • 10 February – 5 years since the last show, Ray Martin returns to the hosting role on Nine's A Current Affair.
  • 19 April – Rove McManus wins the 2003 TV WEEK Gold Logie.
  • 23 June – The Price Is Right revived on the Nine Network at 5.30pm weeknights after 5 years off the air, Larry Emdur returned as hosting and Shawn Cosgrove returned as voiceover, earlier news reports had speculated that former A*mazing host James Sherry would be the star, but it never happened.
  • 25 June – Neighbours producers has announced that star Delta Goodrem will not renew her contract with the Network Ten series when it expires in next month. She is expected to be seen on-air until September.
  • 27 June – TEN axes vintage episode reruns of Neighbours earlier through the 1991 series after very bad ratings and on the following Monday June 30, TEN launches the one-hour afternoon news bulletin instead. In 2002 Neighbours rated only 70,000 viewers during the whole 1990 series.
  • 30 June – Two of the ABC's digital television service channels ABC Kids and Fly TV closed down due to funding cuts from the Federal Government.
  • 30 June – American animated series Rugrats switches over to airing on Network Ten as part of Cheez TV after Ten acquired the rights from the ABC. However the series will air on ABC one last time in November.
  • 13 July – The Australian version of the Endemol-hit decision making game: Deal or No Deal, premieres on the Seven Network hosted by Weekend Sunrise host Andrew O'Keefe, offering a top prize of a staggering two million dollars before lowering the top prize to $200,000 next year.
  • 21 July – Regina Bird wins season 3 of Big Brother, becoming the show's first female winner.
  • 27 July – The Australian version of Pop Idol debuts on Network Ten.
  • 28 September – Shaun Faulkner wins the fourth season of The Mole, taking home $104,000 in prize money. Petrina Edge is revealed as the Mole, and Nathan Beves is the runner-up.
  • 10 October – After protests from the community during the Vietnam War, SBS TV has chosen to cancel its broadcasts of the state-run news service across Vietnam.
  • 23 October – Axed-Neighbours star Delta Goodrem wins the GOLD ARIA for Single of the Year at the 2003 ARIA Awards, along with 6 trophies, including John Farnham being inducted to the Hall of Fame and blasted the speakers loud to 1985's "You're The Voice".
  • 19 November – The first series of Australian Idol was won by Guy Sebastian defeating Shannon Noll, along with his very first single, Angels Brought Me Here debuting at #1 on the ARIA Top 50 singles and Video Hits Top 20 singles chart reaching 4 time Platinum and album Just as I Am debuted at #1 and was reached 6 times Platinum. In 2010, Angels Brought Me Here ranked #1 on the ARIA end of decade singles chart.
  • 5 December – After six years of reading the news together, Ross Symonds and Ann Sanders are both stood down as presenters of Seven News Sydney following years of dismal ratings to rival National Nine News Sydney. Ian Ross replaced them as of 2004. Symonds subsequently left the network, while Sanders remains with Seven, reading the national morning news.
  • 22 December – Australian children's comedy series The Ferals returns to air on ABC after a very long absence since 1995. Rather than airing in the afternoons on Mondays at 5:00pm, the series now airs at 11:20am weekday mornings.
  • December – Channel Nine takes a new record as the network wins all 40 weeks of ratings.

Debuts[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Skithouse Network Ten 9 February
Ocean Star Network Ten 10 February
Comedy Inc. Nine Network 19 February
Your Life on the Lawn Seven Network February
After the Game Network Ten 1 March
Enough Rope ABC 19 March
Greeks on the Roof[1] Seven Network 1 May
Micallef Tonight Nine Network 12 May
Big Bite[2] Seven Network 8 May
The Block Nine Network 1 June
The Price Is Right Nine Network 23 June
Deal or No Deal (2003 series)[3] Seven Network 13 July
Australian Idol Network Ten 27 July
Merrick and Rosso Unplanned Nine Network 3 September
Yakkity Yak Network Ten 28 September
Inside Australia SBS 12 October
Seaside Hotel Seven Network 18 October

New International Programming[edit]

Program Network Debut date
United States The Lionhearts Seven Network 25 January
United States Kim Possible Seven Network 1 February
United States Adventures from the Book of Virtues Seven Network 1 February
United Kingdom Fimbles ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 3 February
United Kingdom Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 24 February
United States God, the Devil and Bob Seven Network 24 March
United Kingdom Eddy and the Bear ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 17 April
France Mamemo ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 18 April
Japan Yu-Gi-Oh! Network Ten 21 April
Japan Digimon Frontier Network Ten 21 April
Canada Girlstuff/Boystuff ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 3 June
France Martin Morning ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 3 June
France/United Kingdom Corneil and Bernie ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 3 June
Denmark The Fairytaler ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 9 June
United States Lloyd in Space Seven Network 28 June
United States Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Network Ten 4 July
United States Teamo Supremo Seven Network 26 July
United States Transformers: Armada Network Ten 9 August
United Kingdom Rubbadubbers ABC TV 11 August
France/United States Gadget and the Gadgetinis Network Ten 15 August
France/United Kingdom Jasper the Penguin ABC TV 25 August
Canada King ABC TV 3 September
Red Cap United Kingdom Red Cap [4] ABC TV 19 September
United States Static Shock Nine Network 20 September
Japan Beyblade V-Force Network Ten 22 September
Japan Crush Gear Turbo Network Ten 26 September
United States Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible Nine Network 28 September
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy United States Queer Eye for the Straight Guy [5] Network Ten 29 September
United Kingdom The Koala Brothers ABC TV 8 October
United States Samurai Jack Nine Network 16 October
United States Justice League Unlimited Nine Network 17 October
United States What's New Scooby-Doo? Nine Network 19 October
United Kingdom Rotten Ralph ABC TV 3 November
Wire, The United States The Wire [6] Nine Network 18 November
United States Strawberry Shortcake Network Ten 6 December
Canada Roboroach Network Ten 19 December
United Kingdom Microscopic Milton ABC Kids (digital only) 2 May
United Kingdom Mopatop's Shop ABC Kids (digital only) 7 April

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.

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) Nine Network 28 April
United States Rugrats Network Ten ABC TV 30 June
Japan Speed Racer ABC Kids (digital only) ABC TV, Seven Network, Network Ten 7 April
United States Batfink ABC Kids (digital only), ABC TV Network Ten 9 June (ABC Kids), 15 September (ABC TV)

Subscription television[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Islandares[7] Nickelodeon 7 February

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Bruiser[8] UKTV 4 January
United Kingdom World of Pub[9] UKTV 1 February
United Kingdom Roger Roger[9] UKTV 25 February
United States Punk'd [10] MTV 1 July
United Kingdom Chalk[11] UKTV 19 July
United States That's So Raven[12] Disney Channel 18 August

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.

International[edit]

Program Free-to-air network Subscription network Date
United States Jackass [13] Network Ten MTV 5 February

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
Outriders [7] Nickelodeon Nine Network 28 January
Hi-5 [14] Nickelodeon Nine Network Q4

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Degrassi Junior High Canada Degrassi Junior High [7] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 28 January
United Kingdom Pie in the Sky [15] UKTV ABC TV[citation needed] 1 February
United Kingdom Sunburn[16] UKTV [citation needed] 16 March
Sk8 Canada/United States Sk8 [17] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 5 May
Kids of Degrassi Street, The Canada The Kids of Degrassi Street [18] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] 28 July
Viva S Club United Kingdom Viva S Club [18] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 28 July
Blobheads Canada Blobheads [14] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 17 October
United Kingdom North Square[19][20] UKTV ABC TV 12 November
Henry's World Canada Henry's World [14] Nickelodeon ABC TV 1 October

Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States 2003 Kids' Choice Awards[17] Nickelodeon 10 May
United States 2003 Teen Choice Awards[21] Fox Kids 25 October

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
2003 Burgo's Catch Phrase Nine Network 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eff 'n' bewdiful, The Age, 1 May 2003.
  2. ^ Race for year's worst show, The Age, 8 May 2003.
  3. ^ Who wants to be a multimillionaire?, The Age, 10 July 2003.
  4. ^ Hassall, Greg (19 September 2003). "Red Cap". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Warneke, Ross (2 October 2003). "Gay gurus make a splash". The Age. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Hassall, Greg (24 November 2003). "TV previews". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 10. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? – February 2003". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 7 February 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 8 January 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 16 February 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Trading in Star Misery". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia: News Limited. 26 June 2003. p. I02. Punk'd debuts on MTV this Tuesday at 9.30pm. 
  11. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2003. Archived from the original on 15 July 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Charlotte (17 August 2003). "Playing in the zone". TV Guide. Sunday Herald Sun. p. X06. 
  13. ^ Adams, Cameron (5 February 2003). "Here comes trouble – Jackass hits Australia". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia: News Limited. p. H07. 
  14. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? – Term 4". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 11 December 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Today's Highlights". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 1 February 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  16. ^ ellis, scott (16 March 2003). "PAY TV HIGHLIGHTS". The Sunday Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 8. 
  17. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? – Term 2 2003". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 8 June 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  18. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? – Term 3". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2003. Archived from the original on 3 August 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  19. ^ Schembri, Jim; Paul Kalina (6 November 2003). "Wednesday". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 27. 
  20. ^ Courtis, Brian (20 February 2002). "Silky briefs and stolen Y-fronts". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 12. 
  21. ^ "FOXTEL Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 7 October 2003. Retrieved 18 January 2010.