Network Ten

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Network Ten
TV station ( private law )
Program type Full program
reception DVB-C , DVB-S & DVB-T
Image resolution ( Entry missing )
Start of transmission 1964
owner Ten Network Holdings ( ViacomCBS )
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Network Ten (also Channel Ten or Ten , proper spelling TEN ) is one of the three most important Australian commercial broadcasting companies. The private television broadcaster began broadcasting its program on August 1, 1964. Today he is one of five free TV channels in Australia. The television station has its own owned-and-operated stations in Sydney , Melbourne , Brisbane , Adelaide and Perth . The station has been part of the CBS Corporation since 2017 .


Network Ten broadcast center in Sydney.

Australian television knew only two broadcasters until 1965: the National Television Network (now Nine Network ) and the Australian Television Network (now Seven Network ) as well as the public broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation . In 1963 the government decided to allow a third station in all major cities. In April 1963 Reginald Ansetts Austarama Television was licensed in Melbourne . After the first test broadcasts, their program began on August 1, 1964.

In 1963 in Sydney the license to United Telecasters Sydney Limited awarded announcing their station in September as TEN10. TEN10 officially started on April 5, 1965 with the transmission of the music program TV Spells Magic . Further television stations were founded in other cities.

Shortly afterwards, the 0-10 Network was founded, an amalgamation of TVQ0 Brisbane, SAS10 Adelaide, TEN10 and ATV0. Only STW9 remained as the only independent station before joining the Nine Network.

Initially, the 0-10 Network fell short of expectations and could not achieve the ratings of the established programs. The turning point came through the popular television series of the 1970s such as Matlock Police (1971–1976), the soaps Number 96 (1972–1977), The Box (1974–1977) and Prisoner (1979–1986) as well as shows such as The Mike Walsh Show ( 1973–1976), the game shows The Price Is Right (1974) and Blankety Blanks (1977–1978). It wasn't until the mid-1970s that 0-10 switched to color television . Two news programs also competed with the public broadcasters, one on ATV0 entitled Eyewitness News and one on TEN10. In 1978 the Melbourne Cup was also broadcast.

In 1979 media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the network. In 1980 the name was finally changed to Network Ten. After the ratings declined in the 1980s, the network re-established itself strongly by the end of the 1990s. For example, the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were broadcast on Network Ten , with the opening ceremony setting a new record.

In 1985, Ten revitalized the soap Neighbors , which previously aired on the Seven Network, but remained relatively unsuccessful. It became a huge success, both in Australia and in Great Britain and Germany, where it was broadcast on Sat.1 for several years . Further successes were the game show Perfect Match (1984-1989), the mini-series Return to Eden (1983), the breakfast program Good Morning Australia (1981-1992) and the expensive and lavish mini-series The Dismissal (1983), Bodyline (1984), Vietnam (1987) and Bangkok Hilton (1989).

In 1987, both ATV10 and TEN10 came to Frank Lowy's Westfield Corporation, while TVQ0 Brisbane was bought by Darling Downs TV. Kerry Strokes bought NEW10 Perth, Capital Television and ADS7, the station was previously part of the Seven Network. However, all broadcasters remained part of the Ten Network. While in the 1980s it was mainly his own productions, the highest ratings were achieved in the 1990s with American series such as Seinfeld , Beverly Hills 90210 , Melrose Place , The X-Files and The Simpsons . In addition, sporting events such as The Commonwealth Games in 1994 and the Melbourne Cup became a mainstay of the station.

In 2000, late night host Rove McManus joined Ten and produced his show Rove Live (later Rove ), which became hugely popular in Australia. In the same year, Ten started serving the digital market. On January 1, 2001, Ten Digital was first broadcast. Among other things, the program was broadcast in widescreen and had the option of broadcasting various camera angles. A number of licensed shows have been broadcast since 2001, starting with the Australian version of Big Brother , which ran from 2001 to 2008. This was followed by Australian Idol , The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance? .

From 2002 to 2007 there was a collaboration with Foxtel and Nine. The three broadcasters shared the broadcasting rights of the Australian Football League . The partnership was continued from 2007 to 2011 without nine, but with seven.

Series such as the children's and youth series Elephant Princess and H 2 O - Suddenly Mermaid , series such as Rush , Thank God You're Here and Total Genial became new formats .

In 2007, the HD channel Ten HD went into operation for the first time. In 2009 it was renamed One HD. In 2011, the pay TV broadcaster Eleven joined Ten Network.

After Ten filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, it was taken over by its largest creditors, the US-based CBS Corporation (main content provider) and the Australian WIN Television . The acquisition, which cost CBS $ 31 million, resulted in the loss of a contract with long-time partner Fox Network , which subsequently pulled out of its content deal, and the end of shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family on the network.


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  1. a b c d e f g h i j k Network Ten - Television.AU. Retrieved May 22, 2018 (Australian English).
  2. Neighbors (OFF): broadcast dates. In: Retrieved on May 22, 2018 (German).
  3. Jeff Kaye: Australian Soap Comes to US In: Los Angeles Times . June 3, 1991, ISSN  0458-3035 ( [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  4. CBS not in Ten to 'flip' it, commits to long-term . In: Financial Review . April 3, 2018 ( [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  5. CBS Corp. Closes Acquisition of Australia's Ten Network . In: The Hollywood Reporter . ( [accessed May 22, 2018]).
  6. ^ Fox Cancels Content Supply Deal With Australia's Network Ten . In: The Hollywood Reporter . ( [accessed May 22, 2018]).