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The SEVEN NETWORK (commonly known as CHANNEL SEVEN or simply SEVEN) is an Australian commercial free-to-air television network . It is owned by 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 since 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 deline, with 7 News and Sunrise losing to Nine's rival porgrams. The Seven Network is the broadcaster of popular franchises and programs, including the AFL , the Summer Olympics , the Melbourne Cup , _Sunrise _, _ My Kitchen Rules _, _The Chase Australia _, _House Rules _, _ Home and Away _, _Better Homes 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 for it.


_ 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 portal Yahoo! 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 2007. However, 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 and Foxtel officially 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 called _PLUS7_.

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 GWN7 and 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 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 capacity on Optus D1 from three (at 12.661,12.671&12.681 GHz) to two (at 12.644 7HD became a high definition simulcast of 7mate in Seven's other metropolitan markets. This was to allow all markets to view upcoming AFL matches in high definition.


_ 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 _ 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 _ 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 _ on hiatus and put new Melbourne drama _ 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 _, _ The Secret Daughter _, soap _ Home and Away _, lifestyle shows; _Better Homes and Gardens _ gameshows; _The Chase Australia _, _ The Big Music Quiz _, reality; _ My Kitchen Rules _, _House Rules _, _First Dates _, _ Seven Year Switch _, _Bride _The Force _, _ Border Security _, _Highway Patrol _, _ Beach Cops _, _ Surveillance Oz _ and _ Gold Coast Medical _.


Most American programming that airs on Seven and its multichannels is sourced from Seven's studio-output deals with ABC Studios , Sony Pictures Television , Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television . 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. 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 Amazing Race _, _The Big Bang Theory _ (Seasons 1-8 repeats, new episodes remain on the Nine Network ), _Grey\'s Anatomy _, _ American Dad! _, _Bones _, _Criminal Minds _, _Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders _, _ Family Guy _, _It\'s Always Sunny in Philadelphia _, _Once Upon a Time _, _Code Black _, _The Goldbergs _ and _Scandal _.

Feature films broadcast on the Seven Network are sourced from its studio-output deals: Universal Pictures (the largest distributor by market share - shared with Network Ten and the Nine Network ), a long-running deal with Walt Disney Pictures , Touchstone Pictures , Sony Pictures (Columbia ">

The network formerly broadcast catalogue movie and television titles from 20th Century Fox produced from 1996 prior to 2008, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced in the 1990s prior to 2011 and DreamWorks from 2007 to 2011. Network Ten, the Nine Network and Foxtel share broadcast rights to 20th Century Fox, with very expensive rights for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer now being fully broadcast by the Nine Network, and broadcast rights to the entire DreamWorks catalogue are now broadcast on the Nine Network between (1994-2008) films only.


_ Seven News Sydney_ reporter Jessica Dietrich reporting outside the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 's Ultimo studios in Sydney , New South Wales . Further information: Seven News

The Seven Network's news service is called _ Seven News _ (formerly _Seven National News_ and _Seven Nightly 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 affairs service. _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 NBC News , ITN News and 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 gradually increased. _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 2009 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 programmes.


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 Sydney 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 subscription channel.

In 2000, 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 Aerials , the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race , the Tri-Nations Rugby , and horse racing events including the Melbourne Cup Carnival , and Queensland's annual Magic Millions race day.

Seven had exclusive Australian free-to-air, pay television, online and mobile telephony broadcast rights to the 2008 Summer Olympics in 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 coverage.

From 2016, Seven will become 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 includes 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 then main broadcaster of the 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.

The 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 orientated 7mate channel, before this change on 18 March 2007, test simulcasts for 1080i commenced in the Sydney and Melbourne markets, Adelaide and Perth followed on 24 June 2007, with Brisbane following on 25 June 2007, and regional Queensland on 26 June 2007. Prior to this, the 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 ATN Sydney providing 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 ATN Sydney, HSV Melbourne, BTQ Brisbane, SAS Adelaide, TVW Perth as well as STQ Queensland. Seven Network programming is also carried into other areas of regional Australia by locally branded affiliate networks Prime Television , Golden West Network (14% owned by the Seven Network), Southern Cross Television , and WIN Television in South Australia .

On 1 April 2008, ATN Sydney began broadcasting a digital signal to Foxtel and Austar 's satellite and cable subscribers.


7HD logo

The 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 Melbourne and Adelaide "> PLUS7 logo

PLUS7 is a video on demand and catch up TV service run by the Seven Network through its Yahoo7 joint venture with Yahoo! . The service became available on 18 January 2010. PLUS7 offers on demand episodes of television series and released a live streaming service called _ PLUS7 Live_ for Seven, 7TWO , 7mate , 7flix and Racing.com on 29 October 2015, becoming the first Australian television network to stream their channels. 7flix was added to PLUS7 Live upon its launch on 28 February 2016.

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. In 2014, 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 "> 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 used by various channels in the USA). 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 evening soap _ 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 February 1, 2016, it reverted to red trapezoids.


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1 January 2000 – 31 August 2003 *

1 September 2003 – 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_ * 1975 - 1976: _Colors Your World_ * 1976 - 1979: _Colour Machine_ * Summer 1978/79, Summer 1979/80: _Summer Fever_ ( BTQ-7 only) * 1979 - 1980: _You're on Seven_ ( HSV-7 and ADS-7 only) * 1980 - 1982: _Seven is a Part of You_ ( HSV-7 only) * Summer 1981/82: _Lucky Seven_ ( HSV-7 and ATN-7 only) * 1981: _Supercharged!_ ( BTQ-7 only) * 1983: _Channel Seven, Just Watch Us Now_ (also used by NBC ) * 1982 - 1988: _Love You Brisbane_ ( BTQ-7 only) * 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 Melbourne_ ( HSV-7 only) * 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 TasTV ( TVT-6 and TNT-9 as "Hello Tassie", 1986-1989 and Daring Downs TV 10-4-5a ( DDQ-10 , SDQ-4 and RTS-5A ) 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, HSV-7 and BTQ-7 only) * 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_ ( BTQ-7 only) * 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!_ ( HSV-7 only) * 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: _Gottaloveit_ * 16 January 2011 – November 2012: _One Place_ * 2014 - present: _Australia's No.1_


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* List of Australian television series * 7HD * 7TWO * 7mate * 7flix


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