Sunday’s National Day of Mourning will be an historic moment in broadcasting as all five free to air networks screen the Memorial Service simultaneously.
So far Seven, SBS, ABC and TEN and Nine(in that order) have announced telecasts of the event from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Sky News will also screen it.
The service is an opportunity to reflect on the loss of life, and to salute the courage of the fire-fighters and volunteers. It will begin at 11am AEDST, broadcasting live to cities interstate.
For all five networks to screen the same programme is indicative of its importance to the country. Aside from their brief Freeview launch late last year, there are few events that have screened nationally across all five free to air networks at the same time.
A full breakdown of telecasts can be seen here.