TV Week is a weekly Australian magazine that provides television
program listings information and highlights, as well as
Content ranges from previews for upcoming storylines of popular
television programs, particularly dramas, comedies, soap operas and
reality shows airing in Australia, celebrity interviews, gossip and
news reports about television, movies and music. A full weekly program
guide with highlights is featured, as well listings for streaming
services and crossword puzzles.
It was first published as a Melbourne-only publication in December
1957 (as TV-Radio Week), bearing a strong affiliation to television
station Channel Nine, GTV9. The publication is also well known for
its association with the annual
TV Week Logie Awards.
1.1 Early days
1.2 Mergers and rivals
1.3 Later years
TV Week Soap Extra
5 External links
The first issue of TV-Radio Week published in Melbourne covered the
week 5–11 December 1957, with popular GTV9 performers Geoff Corke
and Val Ruff featured on the cover. In 1958, the title was shortened
to TV Week. Around 1956, radio magazine Listener In first published in
1925 adapted with the times and began covering television and added
“TV” to its title. As part of the
Herald and Weekly Times
Herald and Weekly Times (HWT)
group, Listener In-TV had an affinity to the company's new television
station Channel 7, HSV7. The magazine was renamed TV Scene in 1976.
Rival publication Television Preview, produced by the Television
Owners Club of Australia, was also launched in 1957. By June 1958, the
two magazines had more competition with TV News, published by the
Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and a fortnight later
Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) launched its own guide, TV Times.
It was thought that so many television titles in the market was
unsustainable, so ACP entered into a co-publishing deal with the ABC,
which saw their respective magazines merged to become TV News-Times,
soon simplified to TV Times. By the end of 1958, Television Preview
was incorporated into TV Week, leaving two strong rival publications
in the market for the next two decades.
In July 1958,
TV Week added an edition in Sydney, then the only other
TV market in Australia. It continued to expand publication as
television launched in other capital cities and regional areas across
Australia. At the close of 1958, Melbourne readers were invited to
vote for their favourite TV personalities and programs, to be
presented awards along with some categories judged by an industry
Graham Kennedy and Panda Lisner from GTV's In Melbourne
Tonight were voted Melbourne's Most Popular TV personalities. Kennedy
then named the awards the Logies, after the inventor of the first
working television system, John Logie Baird.
TV Week introduced colour internal pages in 1962, moving to gloss
colour covers and internal pages in 1967. As a final evolutionary
stage, the magazine doubled size from A5 to A4 in July 1968.
Mergers and rivals
TV Week had a national weekly circulation of 400,000. South
TV Guide (formerly TV-Radio Tonight) attempted to launch a
Melbourne edition in 1973 but only lasted for four months and later
became known as TV-Radio Extra in its home state.
TV Week and TV Times
dominated the market across Australia. In 1979, Family Circle
Publications introduced a local version of its American TV Guide, in
the compact A5 size.
In 1980, the ABC chose to end its agreement with
TV Week and ACP
purchased their interest. ACP then entered into a partnership with
News Limited, leading to rival publication TV Times being incorporated
into TV Week. Later that year, Family Circle Publications sold the
TV Guide to ACP and it was also incorporated into TV Week.
Competition then came from existing women's magazines when The
Australian Women’s Weekly began including a free television magazine
TV Weekly (later TV World) as an insert for its publication in May
1980. Family Circle followed suit in August 1980, as did Woman's Day
with TV Day in November 1981.
TV Week hit a peak circulation of
850,000 in the mid-1980s.
In 1984, the Federal Publishing Company's tabloid celebrity gossip
magazine Star Enquirer was restyled to become TV Star but only ran
until 1985. The Victorian publication TV Scene (formerly Listener
In-TV) was shutdown after 62 years of publication after it was handed
over to Southdown Press, following the media shake-up sparked by
Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the
Herald and Weekly Times
Herald and Weekly Times Group Group.
TV-Radio Extra was discontinued in South
Australia in 1988 when it was
incorporated into the Sunday Mail's free television guide, TV Plus.
With an increasing number of these types of free magazine supplements
in Sunday newspapers across the country in the 1990s,
TV Week began to
lose significant circulation.
In 1998, in an attempt to boost its local entertainment news
credentials, Who Weekly introduced a TV supplement with television
news and TV listings but by 2000 this had been dropped.
TV Week was a joint venture between Kerry Packer's Australian
Consolidated Press and Southdown Press (later Pacific Publications),
with the latter publishing the magazine on behalf of both parties. In
2002, Packer bought
TV Week out of the joint venture, with a clause in
the agreement. A legal battle over the custody of the magazine's Logie
Awards followed as both
Australian Consolidated Press and Pacific
Publications claimed ownership. Pacific wanted to use the Logies to
promote their new rival TV listing What's On Weekly but Packer won the
battle and the Logies remain connected to TV Week. What’s on
Weekly ceased publication by the end of that year and it became the
last attempt to launch a national rival to TV Week, now with a
circulation of 265,000.
ACP Magazines sold
TV Week and
Foxtel magazine to German Bauer Media
Group in 2012. In 2016, another women's magazine
New Idea published
by Pacific Magazines, introduced TV Extra a supplement covering
television news and highlights, however it did not contain TV
In recent years, online program guides have had a significant effect
on TV Week's traditional market with circulation dropping below
TV Week received criticism from former
Neighbours actress Kym
Valentine for their lack of coverage of Neighbours. Valentine tweeted
to TV Week, saying: "Why don't you give
Neighbours as much coverage as
Home and Away? The fans are asking for it? Bring back the love xx".
TV Week Soap Extra
TV Week Soap Extra
31 July 2014
29 October 2015
Bauer Media Group
TV Week Soap Extra was an Australian fortnightly television magazine,
produced as a sister magazine to TV Week.
In January 2014, Bauer Media published a one-off special of TV Week
Soap Extra which featured exclusive teasers and first-look photos of
upcoming storylines, reviews, and interviews with the stars from local
and international soap operas screening in Australia, including
Neighbours, Home and Away, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and
the Restless and Days of Our Lives. Other soaps included in its
content were Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale,
Hollyoaks, and Shortland Street.
On 14 July 2014, Bauer Media confirmed that they would be launching TV
Week Soap Extra as a fortnightly magazine dedicated to the storylines
of Australian and overseas soaps and dramas. The decision came
after Bauer Media had identified a gap in the market for a
contemporary magazine that covered television soaps and dramas. TV
Week deputy editor Erin McWhirter told TV Tonight, "The one-off
TV Week Soap Extra we produced and launched in January was
a huge success. Off the back of that, as well as TV Week's reputation
as a known and trusted brand, it was evident there was enough room in
the magazine market for TV Week Soap Extra as an
ongoing offering." The 66 page magazine was edited by McWhirter,
published on a Thursday and cost $4.50. The first issue was
available from 31 July 2014.
The final issue of Soap Extra was released on 29 October 2015.
Following its release, their coverage of soap operas moved back to TV
Week. McWhirter told TV Tonight, "Whilst Soap Extra has attained a
loyal following since launch, due to the relative size of the soap
market the business decision has been made that the popular content
from Soap Extra is better placed within TV Week.
^ a b http://televisionau.com/feature-articles/tv-week
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Neighbours star Kym
Valentine takes 'long hard fight' to Twitter". The
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Age. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
^ "Why Coronation Street's Kym Marsh is crippled by nerves!". TV Week
Soap Extra. January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
^ "EastEnders: 5 Jan – 7 Jan Soap Snapshots".
TV Week Soap Extra.
January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
^ "Emmerdale: Wednesday's Soap Snapshot".
TV Week Soap Extra. August
2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
^ "This week on Hollyoaks".
TV Week Soap Extra. August 2014. Retrieved
3 October 2014.
^ "Shortland Street: Friday August 1's Soap Snapshot".
TV Week Soap
Extra. July 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
^ a b c Sinclair, Lara (14 July 2014). "Bauer eye on extra soap for TV
lovers". The Australian. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
^ a b Knox, David (15 July 2014). "
TV Week to launch Soap Extra mag".
TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
^ Robinson, Luke (14 July 2014). "Bauer to launch
TV Week Soap Extra".
B&T. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
TV Week Soap Extra". Mag Shop. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
TV Week Soap Extra makes its debut!".
TV Week Soap Extra. July
2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
^ McWhirter, Erin (29 October – 11 November 2015). "Ed's letter". TV
Week Soap Extra (23): 3.
^ "Soap Extra's New Home".
TV Week Soap Extra (23): 2. 29 October –
11 November 2015.
^ Knox, David (4 November 2015). "Bauer folds
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Tonight. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
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