New Year’s Eve: guide

nye9Here’s a reminder of where to see the fireworks tonight.

The iconic Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks will air on ABC1 at local times, but both the family and midnight fireworks can be seen Live nationally on ABC News 24.

New Year’s Eve 2013 will be a four-hour television event presented by ABC Sport’s Stephanie Brantz and ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live host Lawrence Mooney and will capture all of the colour and excitement of the City of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The broadcast will also feature a cast of much-loved ABC stars and characters, including Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Shaun Micallef (Mad as Hell), Michaela Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Craig Mclachlan (Doctor Blake’s Murder Mysteries), Annabel Crabb (Kitchen Cabinet), Margaret And David (At The Movies), the cast of comedy series The Moodys, the teams from The Chaser, Gruen Planet and the new Spicks And Specks, plus many more.

The New Year’s Eve 2013 broadcast starts on Tuesday December 31 at 8.30pm on ABC1* with a live performance by Pete Murray and an official ‘Acknowledgment of Country’ and we’ll meet the man behind the events, Creative Ambassador Reg Mombassa.

The younger viewers are in for a treat when their favourite stars from ABC3 and ABC4Kids including Giggle And Hoot and the teams from Good Game and Studio 3 party on with the 9pm Family Fireworks Display. ABC3 star Kayne Tremills will take in the sights and sounds of the city as a roving reporter and we’ll cross to Brisbane and Melbourne to take a look at the events in those cities.

There will be live performances by Iota and Stonefield, plus comedian Sammy J and Randy and an irreverent Year in Review, looking back at the events that shaped 2013.

*ABC1 broadcast delayed to local times.

ABC News 24 will broadcast both the 9pm Family Fireworks Display and the Midnight Fireworks Display live AEDT.

8.30pm Opening welcome – Lawrence Mooney and Stephanie Brantz.
8.35pm Live performance by Pete Murray
8.40pm Acknowledgment of Country
8.45pm Meet Creative Ambassador Reg Mombassa
9.00pm Family Fireworks Display
9.17pm Year in Review – Part 1 (January-March)
9.30pm Live crosses to Melbourne and Brisbane
10.00pm Year in Review – Part 2 (April-June)
10.15pm Live performance by comedian Sammy J and Randy
10.45pm Year in Review – Part 3 (July-September)
10.54pm Live performance by Stonefield
11.06pm Live crosses to Melbourne and Brisbane
11.23pm Live performance by IOTA
11.30pm Year in Review – Part 4 (October-December)
11.56pm Live performance by IOTA
12.00am Midnight Fireworks Display


Melbourne viewers will get to see their own midnight fireworks next week when Seven screens a local New Year’s Eve event, hosted by Geoff Cox.

The one hour show also includes some Seven bloopers from 2013 -could be fun.

Every celebratory moment leading up to the NYE countdown will be live on our TV screens when Channel 7 Melbourne kick-starts 2014 from Docklands at 11.00pm, Tuesday 31 December.

Host, Geoff ‘Coxy’ Cox, says he will get the party started with a collection of Channel 7 blooper moments he has saved up over the year.

“We’ve uncovered Channel Seven’s best bloopers of 2013 and I can’t wait to show them so we can just laugh our way into 2014,” Coxy said.

Joining Coxy on the night, Seven News reporter Emily Angwin will recap the biggest news stories of the year; Seven News sports reporter Nathan Templeton will join the crowds in Docklands and also review his favourite sporting moments of the year.

Winners & Losers’ Virginia Gay delivers her unique showbiz review; and Rhys Uhlich reviews the top viral social media moments of 2013. As our city skylines prepare to explode in colour, Coxy’s Big Break reporter Lee Chan will join merry-makers in Kings Domain.

Molly Meldrum will deliver his trademark music wrap for 2013 and says his new year’s resolution is “to continue to stay away from bloody ladders”.

11pm Tuesday on Seven Melbourne.


  1. This is the worst evening of utter drivel I have ever been stupid enough to watch. Please in future just schedule normal programs and switch over for the actual midnight fireworks when they happen. Can’t believe the ABC produced this rubbish.

  2. I must say ABCs coverage was absolutely terrible. SBS would have done a better job. The terrible entertainment on earth, the most boring conversations, terrible shots of the fireworks and the worst ever countdown. Give me twenty mins of ads on 10,9 or 7 over that anyday! Either you do it well or don’t do it at all. Lift your game ABC or give up the rights.

  3. Will definitely be watching the ABC’s broadcast of the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

    No Richard Wilkins, no cross promos to TBBT, 2.5 Men, AGT etc during the show and just 4 hours of pure entertainment, commercial-free on the ABC.

    Happy New Yesr Australia

  4. The schedule for Sydney’s broadcast will have changed since this one was published, unless the ABC thinks they can have a live comedy thing going on while the 10:30pm fireworks are firing away behind them.

  5. I think after last year, with 20 minutes of promos/sneak peeks/etc. between 11:30 and midnt, missing the start of the countdown, City of Sydney would be more than happy to see the rights go to ABC. Nine hasn’t always broadcast it. TEN did it for a year or two. Hopefully it can stay with ABC. Nine’s production last year left a lot to be desired. ABC/Aust Network coverage thru the Pacific & Asia too.

  6. carolemorrissey

    What happened to ch 9 doing the fireworks? They’ve broadcast it every year for as long as I can remember with Richard Wilkins hosting it. Very strange them suddenly not doing it and showing a movie.

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