Airdate: New Year’s Eve 2008

By David Knox on December 5, 2008 / Filed Under Programming 18

Here’s a programme that’s bound to stick to its airdate of December 31st, 2008.

TEN’s New Year’s Eve 2008 celebrations on Sydney Harbour this year are to be hosted by Andrew G and Kim Watkins.

Performing live onstage are Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Presets, Jessica Mauboy and Wes Carr.

Jason Coleman will choreograph the opening number while the early fireworks are to be counted down by upcoming Bondi Vet presenter Dr Chris Brown.

The family fireworks screen at 8.30-9.30 and it’s 11.30-12.30 for the midnight fireworks.

Press Release:
An explosive line-up of this year’s most successful home-grown music acts will perform at the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, the Lord Mayor’s Party, live from Sydney Harbour and broadcast exclusively on TEN.

Australian Idol’s Andrew G and 9am presenter Kim Watkins preside over the main celebrations, bringing all of the action and anticipation along with a string of surprises live to your living room. Plus Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown will lead the countdown to the early family fireworks from the Botanical Gardens.

Headlining the main stage, Natalie Bassingthwaighte will perform her new single Someday Soon as well as current smash hit Alive. Heralded the most important Aboriginal voice of his generation, and big winner at this year’s ARIA and AIR Awards, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is set to deliver an un-missable performance.

Meanwhile multi-ARIA award winning electro group The Presets top off an incredible year by belting out chart topper My People, rising star Jessica Mauboy makes a special appearance with Burn from her smash debut album Been Waiting and Australian Idol champion Wes Carr brings his unique style and sound to the stage with a performance of newly released winners single You.

So You Think You Can Dance Australia’s resident judge Jason Coleman will choreograph the opening performance, setting the tone for the biggest party night of the year.

With thousands gathered around two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, viewers are awarded the best seat in the house for the legendary fireworks that mark the culmination of this amazing celebration.


  1. Matthew R December 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm -

    What’s the theme this year?

  2. Kevin V Russell December 10, 2008 at 8:56 am -

    Bump the fireworks altogether. No one outside Sydney is interested and they are as boring as bat poop anyway. The networks’ approach to NY programming is childish in the extreme.

  3. bigmicka December 8, 2008 at 6:10 pm -

    Who wants to watch the Sydney fireworks anyway.

    Why can’t Melbourne get Melbourne, Brisbane get Brisbane, Adelaide get Adelaide, Perth get Perth, so on.

    Just extend the Livinia Nixon and Not John So coverage for an hour (this is Melb), who cares about Sydney.

  4. Kuttsywood December 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm -

    Comment of the year goes to “Jezza in the city!”

    Matt from WA, Perth gets them, but they are delayed like QLD…

  5. matthew December 6, 2008 at 10:06 pm -

    Does Perth Get the Sydney Fierworks?

    So Perth will be on 3 hour delay as well?


  6. David Knox December 6, 2008 at 9:37 pm -

    Broadcast rights from Sydney City Council are certainly sold to one network.

  7. Neon Kitten December 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm -

    How on earth does a network buy the “rights” to NYE fireworks?

    Surely they can’t be “copyrighted” now, can they?

  8. Jezza of the city December 6, 2008 at 6:46 am -

    Ch 10 are only going to show the one episode of this after a poor response,with the first installment, from a test audience. The remainder of the NYE episodes are likely to end up in a 10.30 slot sometime during January. PayTV have complained to the regulators that ch10 are not showing this live.

  9. RYAN December 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm -

    If I remember last yrs NYE Party with Kim was a huge success. The line up this yr looks amazing!!! kim is a very talanted lady who knows her stuff so we will not be bored host wise:)

  10. GuanoLad December 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm -

    This sounds familiar. I think I’ve seen it.

  11. Andrew December 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm -

    This is the last year TEN have the rights to NYE correct me if I’m wrong? They are up for grabs after this year right?

  12. Kuttsywood December 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm -

    BMdog, when it Reynes, it pours.
    Kuttsywood, you are correct you know… Oh wait, I’m replying my own comment…

  13. Harry December 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm -

    Thankgod theres something on… I have no plans for NYE and Im glad The Presets, Jess Mauboy and Wes Carr are performing.. Im hope Wes doesnt sing ‘You’ though..

  14. Kuttsywood December 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm -

    Rod, if ratings data came out that fast, the American Kath and Kim would have never aired in this country.

  15. Zambora December 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm -

    Strange co hosts.
    Andrew G – he of little talent to please the young girls
    Kim Watkins – will please family groups.

  16. BM-dog December 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm -

    Woo, Presets! Shame about the Mauboy/Carr cross-promotion but that’s mild compared with the Big Brother cross-promotions that Ten did the first time they got the fireworks.

    I wonder if David Reyne is jealous that Kim got a hosting gig and he didn’t?

  17. Kuttsywood December 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm -

    David, for once I am actually wishing Ten to make a timeslot change. Just bump the fireworks so we in Queensland can see it live… not on a hours delay, or even better, someone should screen the Brissie NYE fireworks…

  18. Rod December 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm -

    The family fireworks screen at 8.30-9.30… but if they don’t rate, there will be a Will & Grace double ep at 11.30 instead.

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