Seven Network (commonly known as Channel Seven or simply Seven) is
an Australian commercial free-to-air television network. It is owned
Seven West Media
Seven West Media Limited, and is one of five main free-to-air
television networks in Australia.
Between the late 1980s and the mid 1990s, and again in 2007-2015, the
Seven Network was the highest rated television network and primary
channel in Australia. However Seven has begun to lose ground to the
Nine Network. Seven's news programs have fallen victim to this
slight decline, with 7 News and Sunrise losing to Nine's rival
Seven Network is the broadcaster of popular
franchises and programs, including the AFL, the Olympics, the
Melbourne Cup, Sunrise, My Kitchen Rules, The Chase Australia, House
Rules, Home and Away, Better Homes & Gardens and Seven News. In
Seven Network won all 40 out of 40 weeks of the ratings
season for total viewers. Seven is the first to achieve this since
the introduction of the
OzTAM ratings system in 2001. As of 2014,
it is the second largest network in the country in terms of population
2.6 Additional programs
3.1 Local programs
3.2 Foreign programs
3.3 Former Companies
4 News and current affairs
7 Logo and identity history
7.1 Identity history
8 See also
9 References and notes
10 External links
Seven's administration headquarters are in a converted warehouse at
Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont, Sydney, completed in 2003. The
network's main playout centre is located in Docklands, Melbourne.
National news and current affairs programming are based between
HSV-7 in Melbourne. In 2009,
Seven moved its Sydney-based production operations from Epping to a
purpose-built high-definition television production facility at the
Australian Technology Park
Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh.
Seven Network began as a group of independent stations in
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,
Adelaide and Perth.
The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd
The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (owners of two local
papers at the time, The Herald and The Sun), was launched on 4
November 1956, the first station in the country to use the VHF7
ATN-7 Sydney, licensed to Amalgamated Television
Services, a subsidiary of Fairfax, was launched on 2 December
1956. The two stations did not immediately share resources,
and instead formed content-sharing partnerships with their VHF9
counterparts by 1957:
ATN-7 partnered with Melbourne's GTV-9, while
HSV-7 paired up with Sydney's TCN-9. TVW-7 Perth, licensed to
TVW Limited, a subsidiary of West Australian Newspapers, publisher of
The West Australian, began broadcasting almost two years later, on 16
October 1959, as the city's first commercial station. BTQ-7
Brisbane followed on 1 November, signing on as Brisbane's second
commercial television station. ADS-7
Adelaide was launched on
24 October 1959 as the final capital city VHF7 station. The
station later swapped frequencies with SAS-10, however, with the
latter becoming SAS-7
HSV-7 began its relationship with the Victorian Football League (now
the Australian Football League) in April 1957, when the station
broadcast the first live
Australian rules football
Australian rules football match. Throughout
this time, the stations operated independently of each other, with
schedules made up of various simple, and relatively inexpensive,
programs, such as Pick a Box and spinoffs of popular radio shows.
In the early 1960s, coaxial cable links, formed initially between
Sydney and Melbourne, allowed the sharing of programmes and
simultaneous broadcasts of live shows.
In 1960, Frank Packer, the owner of Sydney's TCN-9, bought a
controlling share of Melbourne's GTV-9, in the process creating the
country's first television network (unofficially called "the
National Nine Network") and dissolving the ATN-7/GTV-9 and HSV-7/TCN-9
partnerships. Left without their original partners,
ATN-7 and HSV-7
joined to form the Australian Television Network in 1963. The new
grouping was soon joined by other capital-city channel 7 stations,
BTQ-7 Brisbane. The new network began to produce
and screen higher-budget programs to attract viewers, most notably
Homicide, a series which would continue for another 12 years to
become the nation's longest running drama series. However, it was
not until 1970 that a national network logo was adopted, albeit still
with independently owned and operated stations with local advertising
Colour television was introduced across the network in 1975, when a
new colour logo was adopted.
Rupert Murdoch made an unsuccessful bid
for the Herald and Weekly Times, owners of HSV-7, in 1979, later going
on to gain control of rival ATV-10. Fairfax, however, successfully
bought a 14.9% share of the company later in the same year.
The 1980s saw the introduction of stereo sound, as well as a number of
successful shows, most notably
A Country Practice
A Country Practice in 1981, and Sons
and Daughters, which began in 1982. Wheel of Fortune began its
25-year run in July 1981, produced from ADS-7's studios in Adelaide.
The 1980 Summer
Olympics in Moscow were shown live on the network the
Neighbours began on Seven in 1985, but low ratings in
Sydney led to the cancellation of the new series at the end of the
year, which later moved to
Network Ten and went on to achieve
Perth based businessman Robert Holmes à Court, through his business
the Bell Group, bought TVW-7 from its original owners, West Australian
Newspapers in 1982. The Herald and Weekly Times, owner of HSV-7
and ADS-7, was sold to
Rupert Murdoch in December 1986 for an
estimated A$1.8 billion. Murdoch's company, News Limited,
HSV-7 to Fairfax soon afterwards, for $320 million.
Fairfax went on to axe a number of locally produced shows in favour of
networked content from its
ATN-7 (also owned by
Fairfax at the time).
Cross-media ownership laws introduced in 1987 forced Fairfax to choose
between its print and television operations – it chose the former,
and later sold off its stations to
Qintex Ltd., owned by businessman
Qintex had previously bought, and subsequently
sold off, stations in
Brisbane and regional Queensland before taking
control of the network. The next year, another new logo was
introduced along with evening soap
Home and Away
Home and Away and a relaunched
Seven Nightly News, now known as Seven News. The network became truly
national in 1988 when Skase bought TVW-7 for $130 million. In
1989, the network changed its name to simply the Seven Network, though
it had been unofficially using that name for some time before then.
Despite the network's successes, a failed $1.5 billion bid for
MGM Studios in the same year sent
Qintex into receivership.
Christopher Skase fled
Australia in 1990 to escape extradition.
The business' assets were bundled together by receivers and made into
a new company, the
Seven Network Limited, in 1991.
Real Life, a national current-affairs programme hosted by Stan Grant,
similar in format to the Nine Network's A Current Affair, was launched
in 1992 but was later replaced by the more successful Today
The network was listed on the stock exchange in 1993, soon after the
entry of subscription television provider Australis. One of Seven's
most popular series, A Country Practice, ended in 1993 after 1058
episodes. 1994 saw the introduction of Blue Heelers, which after a
number of timeslot changes, was moved in 1998 to Wednesdays. This was
to make room for a new series, medical drama All Saints. Both dramas
rated quite highly, and along with new lifestyle shows Better Homes
and Gardens and The Great Outdoors, resulted in a stronger ratings
position for the network.
In 1995, Sunshine Television, a Seven
Network affiliate in regional
Queensland, was purchased by the network's parent company, Seven
Network Limited. Sunshine Television's regional stations effectively
became a part of the Seven Network, identical in appearance and
programming to the rest of the business' stations. Seven Queensland
won the annual audience ratings for the first time in 1998.
A successful $1.3 billion bid for
United Artists was made in
Kirk Kerkorian in 1996; the network sold its stake
two years later for $US389 million. Seven took control of
Australia Television, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Asian
satellite channel, in 1997. The ABC still maintained a share in the
network, and continued to produce news and current affairs programming
The network's centralised digital playout facility, Broadcast Centre
Melbourne, located in the city's Docklands precinct.
Seven's news studios at Martin Place, Sydney
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, a state-of-the-art high
definition national broadcast facility was constructed in Docklands,
Melbourne, replacing the previous facility in Epping, Sydney. This new
facility would also house HSV-7's
Melbourne offices and studios.
The year 2000 saw former Nine executive
David Leckie appointed as head
of television operations, re-launching the network with an updated
logo, new advertising campaign in time for the network's coverage of
the 2000 Summer
Olympics in Sydney. The opening ceremony was one of
the highest-ever rating television programmes in the country, with
6.5 million viewers, contributing to the network winning the
ratings year for the first time in twenty-two years.
Digital television was introduced to most of the network's coverage
area on 1 January 2001. This was soon followed by the gradual
introduction of wide screen and high definition programming.
In January 2006, the Seven Network,
Pacific Magazines and online
Australia and New Zealand combined in a joint venture to
form Yahoo!7, representing all three companies' online assets.
7HD was officially announced on 15 September 2007, with the Seven
Media Group announcing their intention to start a high definition
multichannel, that was initially expected to launch in December
7HD became the first free-to-air commercial
television channel introduced to metropolitan areas since 1988, when
it launched prior on 15 October 2007, with
25th Hour being the first
programme broadcast at 10:30 pm.
On 14 February 2008, the
Seven Media Group
Seven Media Group and
signed an agreement allowing Seven's digital signal to be transmitted
via Foxtel's cable and satellite services. Seven became available on
Foxtel in early 2009.
On 25 September 2009, Seven announced its new digital channel, 7TWO,
which officially launched on 1 November 2009.
On 18 January 2010, Seven launched the online catch-up TV website
On 25 September 2010, in conjunction with the 2010 AFL Grand Final,
Seven launched its second multi-digital channel 7mate.
In January 2011, the big red 7 logos were expanded to
Prime7's rebranding respectively. The news bulletins were renamed as
GWN7 News and
Prime7 News. GWN and Prime relaunched on 16 January 2011
at 6:00 pm, digital channels are branded as
7TWO and 7mate.
Seven announced its intention to expand into digital datacasting known
as 4ME, a digital channel owned by the Prime Media Group, in December
2011 on channel 64 in
Prime7 areas and channel 74 in other areas.
In September 2011 Seven broadcast a report featuring journalist Tim
Noonan and writer and adventurer Paul Raffaele visiting Brazil’s
Suruwaha tribe and describing them as child murderers, "Stone Age"
relics, and "one of the worst human rights violators in the
world". Survival International, the global movement for tribal
people’s rights, sent a complaint to Seven outlining the many errors
and distortions in the report. After the channel refused to correct
the inaccuracies in the program, Survival filed a complaint at the
Australian Communications and Media Authority, who opened a formal
investigation. In September 2012 the network was found guilty by
the press regulator of serious violations of the broadcasting code.
The ACMA ruled that the Channel was guilty of breaking its racism
clause – having "provoked or perpetuated intense dislike, serious
contempt or severe ridicule against the Suruwaha people on the grounds
of ... national or ethnic origin ... race [or] religion". It also
ruled that the Channel was guilty of broadcasting inaccurate
material. Seven sought judicial review, but in June 2014 the
Federal Court upheld the ruling.
In October 2012 Seven began cost cutting shedding a number of behind
the scenes technical positions and reducing their SNG transponder link
Optus D1 from three (at 12.661,12.671&12.681 GHz)
to two (at 12.644&12.653 GHz) which are used by
for Sunrise and national news location uplinks as well as for other
local station location uplinks.
In November 2012 Seven changed its on-air theme. This included a new
look for programme advisory ratings, programme listings and programme
advertisements and promos.
As of 10 December 2013, Seven no longer broadcasts on analog TV and is
now only available through digital TV or digital set-top box.
On 26 June 2015,
Racing.com began broadcasting on channel 78 as a
joint venture between
Seven West Media
Seven West Media and
Racing Victoria following a
blackout of Victorian horse racing by Sky Racing. Initially
broadcasting an interim live feed from the
Racing.com website, the
channel was officially launched on 29 August 2015.
In January 2016, Seven changed its on-air theme. This included a new
look for program listings, program advertisements and promos.
On 7 February 2016, during the ad-break of Molly, after months of
speculation, Seven officially announced their new channel as
7flix was launched at 6 am on 28 February
On 10 May 2016,
7HD was revived on channel 70. As a result,
reduced to standard definition. However,
7HD was restored as a high
definition simulcast of Seven's primary channel in
7HD became a high definition simulcast of
Seven's other metropolitan markets. This was to allow all markets to
view upcoming AFL matches in high definition.
In June 2017, following the acquisition of
Yahoo! by Verizon
Communications, Seven announced plans to launch a wholly owned
standalone service to replace PLUS7. In September 2017, Seven
announced the new service would be known as ‘‘7plus’’ and
would launch in November 2017. As of September 2017, Seven's live
streaming service, now named 7Live, is no longer accessible from
PLUS7 and the
Always Greener, launched in 2001, received two million viewers in its
Sunday timeslot, however, it was axed after its second season due to
declining audience numbers.
In 2004, Seven launched the internationally well-known game show Deal
or No Deal to the 5.30 pm weekday timeslot as a lead-in to the
networks' struggling flagship news bulletin, and later in the year
Dancing with the Stars, based on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, was
also launched. The following year, a number of new programmes
premiered, from the United States network ABC, including Desperate
Housewives and Lost. At the same time, Seven's news and public affairs
ratings began to increase in viewers, with
Today Tonight beginning to
challenge rival A Current Affair, with the new format of Sunrise
leading to increased competition with its rival, the Nine Network's
Today. Seven's evening news bulletins also started to take the lead
with successes in most cities.
The network launched a number of new series in 2006, including Heroes,
Prison Break, Dancing with the Stars spin-off It Takes Two, How I Met
Your Mother, and My Name Is Earl, and saw long-running series Blue
Heelers ending its 13th season run after declining ratings since late
2003. Despite the ongoing success of these programmes, Seven still
finished second behind the
Nine Network for the fifth time in six
years, primarily due to Nine's coverage of the 2006 Commonwealth
Games in Melbourne, but the year after, defeated Nine by a significant
margin, winning 38 weeks compared to Nine's 2, to become the number
one network in Australia.
In 2008, Seven launched new local drama
Packed to the Rafters
Packed to the Rafters which
became the year's top rating show with an average of
1.938 million viewers.
In 2009, a new weekly public affairs show Sunday Night launched in the
Sunday 6:30 position to a shakey start but by the end of the year was
easily winning its slot and rating up to 250,000 more than rival Nine
Network's long-running 60 Minutes.
In 2010, Seven launched new AFL- and NRL-based entertainment shows in
an effort to take on Nine's
The AFL Footy Show
The AFL Footy Show and The NRL Footy Show
and provide a bargaining chip in negotiations for AFL and NRL
broadcast rights. The AFL-based series was called The Bounce, hosted
by Peter Helliar, however, was pulled from the air after just five
episodes. An NRL-based series called The Matty Johns Show, hosted
by former Footy Show host Matthew Johns, lasted one season.
In 2011, Seven put
Packed to the Rafters
Packed to the Rafters on hiatus and put new
Winners and Losers
Winners and Losers in its place, the show won the
highest ratings for the night.
In 2013, the
Seven Network launched its fifth new drama A Place to
Call Home, it also achieved high ratings.
In September 2015, the network began The Chase
Australia which is a
spinoff the UK series, The Chase, with Chasers
Anne Hegerty (from the
UK series), Brydon Coverdale (winner of $307,000 on Million Dollar
Minute), Matt Parkinson and Issa Schultz, and in 2016, Mark Labbett
made his debut as one of the Chasers, joining fellow UK Chaser, Anne
Hegerty. Seven also launched
800 Words starring
Erik Thomson to high
ratings, making it the highest rating drama of 2015.
Further information: List of programs broadcast by Seven Network
New programs introduced in 2005 led to a ratings increase, following a
relatively poor 2004.
From 2010, the
Seven Network began to implement the tactic of creating
a 5 to 20-minute delay in the scheduled start time of non-live
programming after 7:30PM in an attempt to minimise viewer channel
surfing between prime-time shows. This is done by increasing the
duration of the commercial breaks and then decreasing them once the
prime-time period is over. This tactic not only disrupts viewer
recordings of the shows, but has a dramatic effect on their regional
affiliates such as Prime and Southern Cross who must adapt their
inserted commercials breaks as the live play-out from Seven's
Melbourne facility occurs which can cause either both the regional
station identification and the Seven identification being displayed
with a possible black screen between them or the start of a program
being missed entirely by the regional break overlapping.
Australian programming shown on the network includes dramas 800 Words,
Wanted, soap Home and Away, lifestyle shows; Better Homes and Gardens
gameshows; The Chase Australia, reality; My Kitchen Rules, House
Rules, First Dates and Seven Year Switch, factuals; The Force, Border
Security, Highway Patrol, Beach Cops,
Surveillance Oz and Gold Coast
Most US programming that airs on Seven and its digital multichannels
is sourced from Seven's deals with Disney-ABC International Television
(long running), NBCUniversal International Television (now elapsed),
Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television International, Warner Bros. International
Television and Icon Films. Recent deals include revival of both 20th
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (selected films
Previously, the network had output deals with
Sony Corporation and NBC
Universal, however changed its deals with both in mid-2013. Seven
renegotiated its NBCU deal to continue rights to air existing popular
NBC co-produced programs including
Downton Abbey and Mrs Brown's Boys,
as well as
NBC News content. Rival
Nine Network now has a film deal
with NBCU. Commiserate with the American network's own slump, Seven
has not found huge success with an
NBC primetime series since 2007.
With Sony, Seven has signed a three-year minimum quota deal, where by
Seven will agree to purchase a set number of
Sony produced US
primetime series and selected films each year.
Overseas programming currently includes
The Simpsons (Formerly on
Network Ten/Eleven after Fox contract terminated), The Amazing Race,
The Good Doctor, The Resident, Grey's Anatomy, American Dad!, Criminal
Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Family Guy, It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia, Once Upon a Time, Code Black, The Goldbergs and
The network formerly broadcast catalogue movie and television titles
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced in the 1990s prior to 2011 and
DreamWorks from 2007 to 2011.
belong to the Nine Network. Effective from 2017 onwards, Seven revived
20th Century Fox broadcast rights.
News and current affairs
Sydney reporter Jessica Ridley reporting outside the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Ultimo studios in Sydney, New
Further information: Seven News
The Seven Network's news service is called
Seven News (formerly
Australian Television News (ATVN) and Seven National News). After
trailing for many years to National
Nine News and Ten Eyewitness News
in most markets, Seven rebounded effective from February 2005 onwards,
and claimed to be Australia's number one television news and current
Seven News produces Sunrise, The Morning Show,
Weekend Sunrise, Seven Morning News, Seven Afternoon News, Seven News
(the flagship locally produced 6 pm bulletins), Seven's Late News
Updates and Sunday Night. During the early hours of 4 am to
6 am, Seven rebroadcasts some of American television network
NBC's news and current affairs programming, including Today and Meet
the Press. Since the 1980s, Seven also adopted
NBC News' main theme,
The Mission, as the theme for Seven's news programming.
Exclusive contracts with
ITN News and
TV3 (New Zealand)
TV3 (New Zealand) for
international news coverage.
In recent years, under the guidance of former longtime National Nine
News chief Peter Meakin, Seven's news and current affairs division has
produced more locally focused content, which has been lifting ratings
for key markets such as
Sydney and Melbourne. Since February 2005,
the ratings of Deal or No Deal,
Seven News and
Today Tonight have
Seven News was the highest-rating news service
nationally in both the 2005 and 2006 ratings seasons. A key
aspect of Seven's recent ratings dominance in news and current affairs
has been attributed to Deal or No Deal's (and, since late 2015, The
Chase Australia) top rating audience, which provides
Seven News with a
large lead-in audience. Between 2007 and 2010 inclusive, Seven
News completed a clean sweep across the five capital cities in terms
of being the most watched 6 pm news bulletin. On 5 July 2008,
Channel Seven introduced a watermark on news and current affairs
Further information: Seven Sport
Telecast to 6.5 million Australians via the
Seven Network – The
Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics.
Seven is a major purchaser of Australian sports broadcasting rights.
The network's coverage of the 2000
Olympics attracted a TV
audience of over 6.5 million Australians for the opening and
closing ceremonies. The broadcast also ran on the short-lived C7 Sport
On 25 January 2001, Network Ten, Nine Network, and pay TV provider
Foxtel got the rights from Seven to televise AFL games from
2002–2006. This ended Seven's famous 45-year run as the exclusive
AFL football broadcaster. On 5 January 2006 the Australian Football
League accepted a bid from Seven and Ten to broadcast AFL games from
2007–2011 at a cost of A$780 million.
Seven's most popular recurring sporting events include the Olympic
Games, AFL Premiership Season, the
Australian Open Golf, the
Australian Open Tennis,
Bledisloe Cup Rugby, Mount Buller World
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Tri-Nations Rugby, and
horse racing events including the
Melbourne Cup Carnival, and
Magic Millions race day.
Seven had exclusive Australian free-to-air, pay television, online and
mobile telephony broadcast rights to the 2008 Summer
Beijing. The live telecast of the XXIX Olympiad was shared by both the
Seven Network and SBS Television. Seven broadcast the opening and
closing ceremonies and mainstream sports including swimming,
athletics, rowing, cycling and gymnastics. In stark contrast, SBS TV
provided complementary coverage focused on long-form events such as
soccer, road cycling, volleyball, and table tennis.
Seven's coverage of the 2008 Summer
Olympics was widely criticised by
viewers, with many angry at the networks contractual obligation to
show AFL football over the Olympics. Viewers also complained that many
team sports were delayed, with the absence of
Roy and HG and with
seemingly large amounts of advertising breaks during live events
upsetting some viewers. Despite this, the International Olympic
Committee awarded Seven the 'Golden Rings' award for "Best Olympic
Programme". The award is given for the best overall Olympic
From 2016, Seven becomes the home of the Summer Olympic Games, Winter
Olympic Games and the Summer Paralympic Games. The Network secured the
Australian broadcast rights to the
Olympic Games in a deal that
ensures its place as the Olympic broadcaster until 2020. The
multimillion-dollar deal included TV rights to the summer Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020, the winter Olympic
Games in PyeongChang in 2018 and the summer Paralympic Games in Rio de
Janeiro in 2016.
In 2016, The
Seven Network won the broadcasting rights deal to be the
main broadcaster of the
2017 Rugby League World Cup
2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia,
beating the other regular rugby league broadcasting channels of Fox
Sports and the
Nine Network to secure the deal.
Seven Network will also screen the coverage of the 2018
Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April 2018.
Seven is a standard definition channel through digital TV. There was a
1080i high definition version until it was replaced by the youth
7mate channel, before this change on 18 March 2007, test
1080i commenced in the
Adelaide and Perth followed on 24 June 2007, with
on 25 June 2007, and regional Queensland on 26 June 2007. Prior to
Seven Network provided a
576p enhanced-definition service.
Seven's core programming is fibre fed out of HSV
Melbourne to its
sister stations and regional affiliates with
national news and current affairs programming. The receiving stations
and affiliates then insert their own localised news and advertising
which is then broadcast in metropolitan areas and regional Queensland
through a number of owned-and-operated stations including
BTQ Brisbane, SAS Adelaide,
TVW Perth as well as STQ
Seven Network programming is also carried into other areas
Australia by locally branded affiliate networks Prime7,
GWN7 (14% owned by the Seven Network), Southern Cross Television, and
WIN Television in South Australia.
On 1 April 2008,
Sydney began broadcasting a digital signal to
Foxtel and Austar's satellite and cable subscribers.
7HD multichannel was launched on October 2007 until 25 September
2010 and later revived on 10 May 2016. The revival version initially
broadcast split services: identical main channel programming for
Adelaide & continuous programming from
other metropolitan cities, but in
MPEG-4 HD via Freeview. The
split was implemented to allow broadcast of AFL matches in HD. By 16
December 2016, it quietly shifted to the main channel programming on a
long-term basis for Sydney,
Brisbane and Perth.
7plus logo (2017–)
7plus is a video on demand and catch up TV service wholly owned and
run by the Seven Network. It launched on 27 November 2017 as a
replacement for PLUS7, a catch-up TV service jointly owned by Seven
Yahoo! which is due to close on 31 March 2018. It
offers on demand episodes of television series and a live streaming
service providing live access to Seven, 7TWO, 7mate,
Following the acquisition of
Verizon Communications in June
2017, Seven announced plans to launch a wholly owned standalone
service to replace
PLUS7 within the following six months. In
September 2017, Seven announced the new service would be known as
7plus and would launch in November 2017.
The service is available in HD, and there are plans to add Chromecast
and Apple Airplay support at a later date.
AFL premiership season matches are not accessible through the 7plus
live streaming service due to the digital broadcast rights being owned
Telstra Media and replaces
Border Security International until the
matches is over and return to normal programming.
PLUS7 logo (2010–2017)
PLUS7 is a catch up TV service run by the
Seven Network through its
Yahoo7 joint venture with Yahoo!. The service became available on
18 January 2010. Following the introduction of 7plus,
PLUS7 was shut
down, becoming unavailable on most platforms from 12 December 2017,
and on remaining devices on 31 March 2018.
Some titles are exclusively available in
Australia on PLUS7, including
Other Space and Sin City Saints, as well as the British version of My
Kitchen Rules, which were not broadcast on the Seven Network.
PLUS7 became the first commercial television catch-up service
to provide optional closed captioning on most of its programming.
PLUS7 is available across several platforms including iOS mobile
operating systems (e.g. iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch), Apple
TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows 8,
Sony internet-enabled TVs & Blu-ray players, LG internet-enabled
TVs, Samsung internet-enabled TVs & Blu-ray players, Panasonic
internet-enabled TVs, Hisense internet-enabled TVs, Humax set top
boxes, Windows Mobile 7 & 8 and Samsung devices running Android OS
4.0+ and above.
Logo and identity history
Seven's five colour variant logos used from 2000-2003
The network's first logo produced and used across the metropolitan
stations in the early 1970s featured the numeral seven inside a ring
(similar to the
Circle 7 logo
Circle 7 logo used mostly by ABC for its
owned-and-operated stations). However, in some states from as early
back as 1967 the "Seven eye" appeared and continued right through to
1975. Colour television was introduced across the network in 1975,
along with a new logo incorporating a bright ring of the colours of
the visual light spectrum. This logo was used nationally until 1989,
when the recently renamed
Seven Network introduced a new red logo with
the circle modified to incorporate the "7" (similar to the logo then
used by WJLA-TV in Washington). The new logo was rolled out along with
Home and Away
Home and Away and a relaunched Seven Nightly News (later
to become Seven News).
The current ribbon logo was launched to coincide with the new
millennium celebration on 1 January 2000 and the 2000 Summer Olympics
held in Sydney. The ribbon logo was used between 2000 and 2003 in five
colour variants: red, orange, yellow, green and blue, to symbolise
passion, involving, fun, life and energy respectively. The logo was
simplified in 2003, effectively becoming simply two angled trapezoids,
losing its gradient, shadows and colour-coded usages to become solid
red but first it was used in solid white as an on-screen bug from
2000. In 2012, the Seven logo was slightly modified with the shape of
it remaining the same, the upper right corner was lighter red than the
remaining logo. On 1 February 2016, it reverted to red trapezoids.
1970 – 1974
1974 – 22 January 1989
23 January 1989 – 31 December 1999
1 January 2000 – present
1970 - 1975: The Seven Revolution
1971 - 1973: Looking Good
1974: Looking Better Than Ever (
ATN-7 and ADS-7 only)
1975: Welcome to the Bright New World of Seven (created by
not used on-air)
1975 - 1976: Colors Your World
1976 - 1979: Colour Machine
Summer 1978/79, Summer 1979/80: Summer Fever (
1979 - 1980: You're on Seven (
HSV-7 and ADS-7 only)
1980 - 1982: Seven is a Part of You (
Summer 1981/82: Lucky Seven (
1981: Supercharged! (
1983: Channel Seven, Just Watch Us Now (also used by NBC)
1982 - 1988: Love You
1982 - 1984, 2007 - 2009, 2015 - 2017: Love You Queensland (BTQ-7
only) (also used by STQ)
1982 - Channel Seven, All the Best (
ATN-7 and ADS-7 only, borrowed
from NBC's 1976 slogan)
1984 - 1985: Be There (also used by NBC) (HSV-7,
ATN-7 and TVW-7 only)
1985 - 1988: Let's All Be There (also used by
NBC up to 1986)
1985 - 1987: Hello
1985 - 1989: Love You Perth (TVW-7 only)
1986 - 1987: Hello Adelaide/
Adelaide Proud (ADS-7 only)
1986 - 1987: Say Hello! (ADS-7, HSV-7, and TVW-7 only) (based on Frank
Gari's "Hello News" variant; also used by
"Hello Tassie", 1986-1989 and (DDQ-10/SDQ-4) as "Hello Toowoomba" and
"Hello Warwick", 1986-1989, alongside Let's All Be There)
1988: Let's Celebrate '88
1988: Australian Television Network (ATN-7,
1988 - 1989: On the Move (SAS-7 only)
Summer 1988/1989: Only the Best in Summer
1 January 1989 - Summer 1989/90: Only the Best on 7 (based on NBC's
Come Home to the Best... Only on NBC)
1989 - Only the Best Will Do (
1992 - Seven gives me Good Vibrations
1993 - Consider Yourself...
February 1995 – 1996: Discover It All
June 1996 - 30 April 1999: Everyone's Home
July 1996 - 1998: Australia's Home (sports slogan)
1999 - Melbourne's Alive! (
1 May 1999 – 31 August 2003: The One to Watch
1 September 2003 - November 2003: Lucky #7
December 2003 - December 2004: Feeling Good
2002 - 2004: 7NOW (based on the FOX NOW campaign of FOX)
26 December 2004 – 16 January 2011, November 2012 – present:
16 January 2011 – November 2012: One Place
2014 - present: Australia's No.1
List of Australian television series
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