TV1 is a much-loved channel of classic comedy and procedural dramas. It even pre-dates Foxtel, having launched on the now-defunct Galaxy in 1995 and has been a consistent performer with viewers.
SF, formerly SciFi, began in 2006.
Both will be replaced by TVH!TS and Syfy on Wednesday.
Channel CEO Peter Hudson recently took time to thank viewers, staff and supporters in a statement to TV Tonight:
Quite simply, we have much to celebrate across the life of our channels. There a lots of people that have contributed much to the success of the channels, many past and present staff have contributed to our many achievements of a proudly independent business. We have enjoyed the talents of a team of highly competitive and magnificently passionate television lovers with the focus on providing great entertainment for our viewers. We developed a unique personality for our Channels.
We have enjoyed great support from our Partners CBS Studios, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Television.
We’ve never stopped working hard at doing our best.
TV1 is the No1 most watched Pay TV channel – 9 of the last 10 weeks – guess the viewers MUST love what we do. #No 1.
Let’s remember the great things we produced, the Big Productions Killing Time Logie nominated, The KING Logie winner, Stupid Stupid Man, Shock Jock, Karaoke Dokey and Magda’s BIG THINGS scooped the pool at the ASTRA’s and don’t forget the innovative and interactive TV1 Cash Trivia Challenge –a break through show for its time. All home grown.
A most important part of the TV1 success was revenues from Advertising, and in keeping with our belief in independence and competition we enjoyed a fantastic and successful relationship with Full Circle Media and more recently Ignite Media Brands and our partnership with Viacom. A big thanks to Brian Gallagher and his hugely talented and professional team in Sydney and Melbourne and all the advertisers who supported us.
In fitting style TV1 will farewell viewers with a special Sein-Off, Jerry Seinfeld’s top 10 favourite episodes and on SF, the franchise that defines TV Science Fiction – Star Trek – we will wrap with a S7 Star Trek: Voyager Marathon.
TV1 and SF will always be shining examples for those who follow – to those who try to replicate – thanks for the compliment and to those who reach or surpass the achievements of TV1 and SF – congratulations.
It has been a great honour to be CEO of TV1 for over 13 years, it has been a fantastic journey.