Channel Seven is currently the most popular Australian TV network (indeed, for a time it was officially called the Australian Television Network), thanks to its rights to a large amount of popular American shows. Its Australian content? Not so good. Most of Seven's Aussie-made shows are feel-good reality TV shows called RSPCA Animal Rescue or the like, that nonetheless get good ratings. It has also snagged quite a few shows from other networks, such as Kath and Kim andThank God You're Here.Historically, though, Seven has been second to Nine and has always tried hard to beat them with a variety of shows. Some have been great successes, such as comedy shows Fast Forward and Full Frontal or dramas like Blue Heelers, Homicide or Winners And Losers, some of which haven't been forgotten. However it more than makes up for their problems with a good amount of sports rights such as Australian Rules Football and The Olympic Games, along with both Australian Opens in tennis and golf.The network's graphical and audio image has been shared mainly with the American NBC over the years and actually uses that network's news theme, The Mission by John Williams as their own; Nine Network has a similar relationship with ABC.Seven is also fondly remembered for its dedication to the art form that is the children's game show and is notable for being the only major commercial television network in Australia not to have been suffering severe financial issues recently.
Currently broadcasts three television channels:
- Seven: the original channel.
- 7Two: launched November 2009.
- 7mate: launched September 2010. Targeted towards men, in case you couldn't tell by the name.