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COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH THE ABC

ABC Australia

This New Year’s Eve the ABC, the Sydney Opera House and the City of Sydney will be presenting Countdown Live NYE 2017; a concert celebrating the songs of Countdown performed by many of our most loved artists.

Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines, Casey Donovan, Montaigne, plus many more will provide the soundtrack to the nation’s New Year’s Eve party broadcast via ABC TV, Radio, iview and social as we sing our way up to the midnight fireworks.

In the spirit of celebration, we are looking for the nation’s biggest music fans to join us at the Opera House’s Northern Broadwalk. So, do yourself a favour and in 25 words or less tell us what being at this once-in-a-lifetime concert, under the NYE fireworks at the Sydney Opera House would mean to you.

Submit your entry via the Countdown 2017 competition page.


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CHARLIE PICKERING TO HOST ABC’S ALL-STAR NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN

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Join our master of ceremonies, Charlie Pickering as he counts down the biggest night of the year with the New Year’s Eve 2017 broadcast, Countdown Live NYE 2017 on ABC and ABC iview.

Presented from the Sydney Opera House, Charlie takes us through an evening jam packed full of unmissable entertainment from an all-star line-up including Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines and Kate Ceberano, with plenty of fun for all-ages, including the Family Fireworks at 9pm, culminating in the world-famous Sydney Midnight Fireworks.

The evening events will commence with a Welcome to Country with Rhoda Roberts AO, followed by The Early Night Show, co-hosted by Hoot the Owl and the one and only Kitty Flanagan. Featuring the Play School band, jugglers, acrobats and a marching band, it promises to be fun for all the family!

We’ll cross to ABC ME’s Grace Koh and Giggle and Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle who will be live from Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. There will be a very special performance from Casey Donovan, we take a look at some hilarious Play School auditions, and some of our younger viewers give us their views on hot topics and what was the “best-thing-ever” that happened to them in 2017.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC ME’s Design your own Firework competition, 7-year-old Lucia from Adelaide, will set the Sydney sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design.

After the 9pm fireworks, Charlie will take us through a variety of hilarious and heart-warming segments including comedian Sammy J, who will present his unique take on some of the year’s key stories, and a behind the scenes look at the rehearsals for the biggest concert of the year.

Then it’s time to do yourself a favour and get your groove on when the legendary Molly Meldrum welcomes Australia to Countdown Live, a live concert celebrating the songs of the iconic show Countdown performed by many of our most loved artists.

Audiences can enjoy live; Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Colin Hay, Casey Donovan, John Paul Young, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Ngaiire, Montaigne, Isaiah Firebrace, Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens. They’ll be performing the music that is, quintessentially, Australia’s song book, with a few international classics thrown in for good measure.

At midnight, stand by as Sydney becomes the focus of the world as thousands of fireworks light up Sydney Harbour and we welcome 2018.

RUNDOWN HIGHLIGHTS (exact times subject to change):
8:35pm: New Year’s Eve 2017 commences on ABC and ABC iview
8:38pm: Welcome to Country
8:41pm: ABC Children’s NYE commences
9.00pm: Family Fireworks
9.30pm: Countdown Concert commences
12:00am Sydney Midnight Fireworks

Audiences can watch the full broadcast in HD on the ABC, with live streaming also available on ABC iview.

Welcome to Country, the family fireworks and midnight fireworks will also be available on the ABC TV YouTube channel. The Family Fireworks and Sydney Midnight Fireworks will also be streamed live on ABC TV Facebook.

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#3

3.7 MILLION AUSTRALIANS CELEBRATED WITH THE ABC’S ALL-STAR NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN

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ABC, ABC ME and ABC News reached 3.7 million viewers in metro and regional markets across its New Year’s Eve broadcast coverage from 8:30pm last night.

In addition, a total of 46,000 live streams were recorded via iview across the night and the coverage had a further 2.2 million views across social media platforms.

Audiences peaked at 11:59pm for ABC’s Midnight Fireworks (combined metro and regional audience).
Television and iview Audiences

Last night, ABC was the leading network in the metro markets with a 5 city metro prime-time share of 23.2% (2016 result was 20.4%). The highest share was in Sydney, with a prime-time share of 33.5%

ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: Midnight Fireworks was the #1 program of the night, New Year’s Eve: Family Fireworks ranked #2;

New Year’s Eve: Family Fireworks achieved an average audience of 1.2 million across ABC, ABC NEWS and ABC ME (Combined Metro & Regional);

New Year’s Eve: Midnight Fireworks achieved an average audience of 2.1 million across ABC and ABC NEWS (Combined Metro & Regional);

ABC’s NYE coverage was live streamed 46,000 times via ABC iview.

Sources: OzTAM & Regional TAM Preliminary Overnight data; Webtrends

Social Audiences

ABC’s New Year’s Eve 2017 coverage was live streamed directly to ABC TV’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The Midnight Fireworks were also streamed on Periscope.

On Facebook, the live streams and highlights packages amassed a combined total of 1.7 million views across ABC TV and partner pages.

On YouTube, ABC TV’s live stream and highlights packages had 340,000 views. The live stream trended during the broadcast remains trending at number one the following morning.

The Midnight Fireworks live stream on Periscope had a further 152,000 views.

#NYEABC trended number two on Twitter during the broadcast. There were 5,300 #NYEABC tweets in the last 24 hours, reaching 8.9 million people.

Sources: Facebook Insights, Hashtracking, Periscope, YouTube. Numbers correct at 9am 1 January.

David Anderson, ABC Director of Television said: “The ABC is thrilled to once again have hosted the iconic Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. It truly is a night of celebration and family friendly entertainment that brings the nation together. Across Australia, wherever you were, the ABC brought the fireworks to you live across TV, iview, YouTube, Facebook.”

People from all over the world joined Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering, as they counted down the biggest night of the year with the New Year’s Eve 2017 broadcast, Countdown Live NYE 2017 on ABC and ABC iview, YouTube and Facebook.

Presented from the Sydney Opera House, Charlie and Zan took us through an evening jam packed full of unmissable entertainment from an all-star line-up including Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young and Kate Ceberano, with plenty of fun for the all-ages, including the Family Fireworks at 9pm, culminating in the world-famous Sydney Midnight Fireworks at midnight.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC ME’s Design your own Firework competition, 10-year-old Lucia from Adelaide, set the Sydney sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design
Audiences watched the full broadcast in HD on the ABC, and live streamed celebrations on ABC iview.

Welcome to Country, the family fireworks and midnight fireworks were also available on the ABC YouTube channel. The Family Fireworks and Sydney Midnight Fireworks were streamed live on ABC TV Facebook.