Australian television broadcasting has a rich history. One of the most significant channels in the history of establishing and continuing Australia’s original broadcast industry is the Nine Network. Being one of the most popular channels in the history of Australian broadcasting has helped to make channel 9 a significant player in Australian culture. This channel has been there for many of the most important events in national and international history and over the years, they have delivered some of the most memorable moments in Australian television.
While being best known for their coverage of news and current events, the Nine Network actually covers a wide range of programming genres. They broadcast many of the world’s most popular sporting events and they offer a great selection of entertainment programming, including shows that are produced nationally and internationally.
Though test broadcasts and occasional programming had appeared in Australia before the launch of the Nine Network, this channel was the first commercial television company to offer regular programming in Australia. The channel’s first transmission was on September 16, 1956 and the first program was This is Television. Following the early years of Australian television, Nine Network established itself as the most popular network in the country. The network’s years at the top spot ran from 1977-2006 and they still enjoy a position as one of the nation’s most popular broadcast networks.
In recent years the Nine Network has lost the #1 spot in Australian broadcasting, but they still offer a range of programs that are highly popular amongst the public. Between having their own original programming, major sporting events and some of the best shows from overseas, the Nine Network looks to remain one of Australia’s television leaders.