4 Million Australians Watch New Year’s Eve Celebrations On ABC TV

ABC and ABC News 24 reached 4 million viewers in metro and regional markets across its New Year’s Eve 2014 coverage from 8:30pm last night, up from 3.7 million last year.

In Sydney, more than 1 in 4 tuned into ABC TV during the coverage.

Program Audiences:

  • The combined metro and regional audience for ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: Welcome (20:30-20:55) was 782,000 on ABC.
  • The combined metro and regional audience for ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: 9pm Family Fireworks (20:55-21:10) was 1.4 million on ABC and ABC News 24.
  • The combined metro and regional audience for ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: Party (21:10-23:55) was 1 million on ABC.
  • The combined metro and regional audience for ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: Midnight Fireworks (23:55-00:22) was 2 million on ABC and ABC News 24.

Metro Audiences

  • Last night, ABC was the leading channel in the metro markets with a 5 city prime-time share of 19.7%.
  • ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve: Midnight Fireworks was the No.1 program of the night with a 5 city audience of 1.4 million followed by the 9pm Family Fireworks with an audience of 1 million.
  • In Sydney, ABC also achieved a share of 27.9%.

Justin Holdforth, ABC Head of Sport and Events says: “The Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks are an iconic and much loved event. I’m delighted that the ABC was again able to deliver a spectacular night of family entertainment to audiences across Australia”.

Top 10 programs – 5 City Metro

Rank Program Channel Audience Share %
 1 New Year’s Eve: Midnight Fireworks  ABC  1,372,000  53.2
 2 New Year’s Eve: Family Fireworks  ABC  1,007,000  29.4
 3 Nine News 9 889,000 27.5
 4 Nine News 6:30  9 834,000 25.8
 5 New Year’s Eve: Party ABC 768,000 26.8
 6 Seven News 7 702,000 21.8
 7 A Current Affair 9 636,000 19.5
 8 Seven News/Today Tonight 7 604,000 18.7
 9 New Year’s Eve: Welcome ABC 567,000 17.9
 10 ABC News-Ev ABC 545,000 16.8

Source: OzTAM & RegionalTAM overnight data. Reach is based on 5 minutes consecutive viewing.

Sydneysiders Urged To Make A Plan For New Year’s Eve

Police are urging the community to plan ahead and have a number of options for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney.

With more than 1.5 million people expected to ring in 2015 around Sydney Harbour, Police are urging family and friends to start discussing their plans for the night to avoid disappointment.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said Police have been working closely with the City Of Sydney, landowners and other government agencies to ensure the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire‘ celebrations are safe and fun for everyone.

“New Year’s Eve is Sydney’s largest event and the safety of the community is always our number 1 priority,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“Police and other agencies will work side-by-side in the Police Operations Centre and Government Coordination Centre to coordinate our people and resources on the ground.”

“There will be large numbers of Police – both in uniform and plain clothes – patrolling the streets of the CBD and foreshore areas of Sydney providing a highly visible and mobile Policing response.”

“As part of the City Of Sydney’s ongoing commitment to making NYE family-friendly, there are extensive alcohol-free zones in place, which will be enforced.”

“In addition, Police and security will be closely monitoring crowd numbers and sites will be closed as soon as they reach capacity to prevent overcrowding.”

“Anyone planning to watch the fireworks should start their planning at the Sydney New Year’s Eve website, where they will find detailed vantage point information and important hints and tips for the night,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

For comprehensive event details, visit: www.sydneynewyearseve.com.

“Once you have made a plan for the night, we suggest you come up with at least 1 back-up plan, just in case your preferred location is full when you arrive,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“In previous years, we have seen many sites reach capacity and close early, so we are urging people to arrive early, just in case you have to make your way to a back-up viewing location.”

Police are expecting significant traffic disruptions due to road closures which will be in place throughout New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day.

“In order to facilitate large crowds and the magnificent fireworks displays, there will be a number of major road closures and special event clearways,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

“We strongly urge revellers to leave the car at home, but for those who must drive, please be patient as we anticipate lengthy delays, particularly at the end of the fireworks displays.”

“There will be additional bus and train services running to help get people around, so the best option, as always, is public transport.” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

Special event timetables and route changing advice for New Year’s Eve is available at: www.transportnsw.info.

The Only Place To Be On New Year’s Eve Is…

… in front of the TV and tuned to ABC for a 4-hour entertainment extravaganza filled with music and laughs. You’ll have the best seats in the house for both the 9pm Family Fireworks as well as the world-famous Midnight Fireworks.

The New Year’s Eve 2014 show will be jam-packed with some of the country’s funniest comedians, brilliant musical performances and more celebrities than you can poke a sparkler at. And Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove will be there to navigate us through all the celebrations, live from the Sydney Opera House Northern Forecourt.

This year the ABC is going all out to make this night full of entertainment for all the family. Charlie Pickering will give us a sneak peak at his new show which will debut on ABC in 2015, and throughout the night they’ll cross to Lawrence Mooney hosting Australia’s biggest ever Pub Quiz, featuring guests Denise Scott, Tom Gleeson and Alan Brough and music by Barry Morgan. You can play along at home or sit back and just enjoy the fun. Adam Zwar and some of the favourite Agony Aunts and Uncles will present a special edition of The Agony of New Year’s Eve.

Legendary journalist Fran Kelly will look back at the stories that made news headlines in 2014; self-confessed sports nut Stephanie Brantz will take us through the year in sports; and triple j’s music guru Zan Rowe will review the year in music.

Julia will chat to Jack Thompson, Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Creative Ambassador, plus they’ll cross to the Lord Mayor’s Party for live performances by Suze Demarchi, Kasey Chambers, Josh Earl and The Tap Dogs.

They’ll check out what’s happening around the country with crosses to roving reporters – Dave O’Neil (Melbourne), Lawrence Leunig (Brisbane), Anne Edmonds (Darwin), Tegan Higginbotham (Perth) and Urzila Carson (New Zealand). They’ll also cross to Peter Hellier partying at home, Adam Richard at the Lord Mayor’s Party chatting to a cavalcade of special guests, and Tom Ballard, flying above the ‘International Date Line’ in the ABC chopper.

Younger viewers will be entertained by ABC3’s Kayne Tremills and ABC4Kids’ Jimmy Giggle as they chat to families and spectators live from the Harbour’s edge. Plus, fans of Nowhere Boys will be treated to a special 1-off episode that bridges episodes 6 to 7 from the latest series.

The New Year’s Eve 2014 broadcast starts on Wednesday December 31 at 8:30pm on ABC*.

Rundown highlights (exact times subject to change):

8:30pm: Opening welcome – Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove
9:00pm: Family Fireworks Display
9:15pm: Nowhere Boys mini-episode
9:20pm: 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 1
9:50pm: Chat to Jack Thompson (Sydney NYE2014 – ‘Inspire’ Creative Ambassador)
10:00pm: Fran Kelly presents the News Year In Review
10:10pm: Comedy performance by Josh Earl
10:15pm: 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 2
10:35pm: Performance by The Tap Dogs
10:45pm: Stephanie Brantz presents the Sport Year In Review
10:50pm: 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 3
11:15pm: Musical performance by Suze DeMarchi
11:25pm: Adam Zwar presents The Agony of New Year’s Eve
11:40pm: 2014 Pub Quiz – Part 4
11:50pm: Musical performance by Kasey Chambers
12:00am: Midnight Fireworks display

*ABC broadcast delayed to local times.

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

Come celebrate your New Year’s Eve 2014 with us, on ABC TV.

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A New Coin That Inspires

The Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations are well-known all around the world for their stunning fireworks and fascinating Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect. Following the popular holographic Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – Shine coin from nearly a year ago, the Royal Australian Mint has once again partnered with the City of Sydney to present and release an exciting coin souvenir: a 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin featuring the official theme of the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 celebrations – Inspire. Sydney is a city that inspires people throughout the world to visit and explore its friendly shores. This year’s theme of Inspire is interpreted in colour on this beautiful silver piece, which will be popular with tourists and New Year’s Eve revellers. With a mintage of 5000, this 1/2 an ounce coin with a diameter of 35.89mm is a fantastic souvenir to keep of this year’s event.

Obverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Obverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
Image: Royal Australian Mint
Reverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Year's Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Reverse side of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Year’s Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
Image: Royal Australian Mint
Packaging of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 - 'Inspire' Coin Image: Royal Australian Mint
Packaging of the 2015 $1 Coloured Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Sydney New Years Eve 2014 – ‘Inspire’ Coin
Image: Royal Australian Mint

Go to the Royal Australian Mint’s new release section to view and pre-order. Price: $60 (Australia) and $54.55 (International).

New Year’s Eve 2014 On ABC

ABC will welcome in 2015 with a 4-hour entertainment extravaganza to celebrate New Year’s Eve when they again join with the City of Sydney to bring the world-renowned fireworks to audiences around Australia.

The team that brought you the Friday Night Crack Up now brings you ABC TV’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Counting us down to the sensational fireworks on Sydney Harbour, Julia Zemiro and Toby Truslove guide us through the biggest night of the year. This 4-hour entertainment bonanza will feature a special mini-episode of Nowhere Boys, Lawrence Mooney will host Australia’s biggest ever Pub Quiz, and Adam Zwar presents a special edition of The Agony of New Year’s Eve. While the harbour is showered with fireworks, home viewers will be dazzled by a night of comedy, music and more celebrities than you can shake a sparkler at.

Sydney New Year's Eve 2013 - 'Shine': 9pm Family Fireworks Photograph: Sydney New Year's Eve 2013 - 'Shine'
Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – ‘Shine’: 9pm Family Fireworks
Photograph: Sydney New Year’s Eve 2013 – ‘Shine’

Engineering A Better Sydney New Year’s Eve Event

‘Engineering A Better Sydney NYE’ is a campaign between the City of Sydney and Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) to encourage the community to get creative and suggest ideas to address New Year’s Eve challenges in and around Sydney.

For the 2nd consecutive year, EWB has been chosen as the official charity partner of the 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations. For more information: http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/about/charitypartner/

Lizzie Brown, CEO of EWB said sustainability, crowds, road closures and access for people with a disability were common problems facing Sydney revellers on New Year’s Eve.

EWB’s ‘Engineering A Better Sydney NYE’ competition invites the community to come up with innovative ideas to solve these problems,” Ms Brown said.

“Ideas will be judged as to whether they embody the spirit of Sydney NYE, represent socially conscious design, are scalable, utilise business and technology in a meaningful way and embody the values of EWB: community, sustainability, respect, learning and quality.”

The top 5 ideas will receive tickets to an exclusive Sydney New Year’s Eve viewing area and will be announced on 5 December 2014.

Judging the top ideas are a preeminent judging panel of: Lizzie Brown, Danny Almagor (Founder of EWB Australia, Co-Founder and CEO Small Giants), Aneurin Coffey (Sydney NYE Producer), Sally Dominguez (award winning designer and creative thinking educator) and Dr Brandon Gien (CEO Good Design Australia).

The competition encourages the community to submit ideas in the following categories:

  • Crowd management
  • Access for people with disability
  • Harbourside sustainable audience engagement
  • Unattractive event infrastructure.

For more information about the campaign and competition, please visit www.engineeringabetterworld.com.au

To get involved with Engineers Without Borders Australia or for more information, please visit www.ewb.org.au. 

Fireworks Building – ‘MSB Tower’ – Recommended For Demolition

The heritage listed MSB Tower, used for pyrotechnics during Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace’, has been recommended to be demolished by  the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as part of altered redevelopment plans for a park.

Standing at 87 metres tall, it served as Sydney Harbour’s control tower between 1974 and 2011 after which the operations conducted inside the tower were moved to Botany Bay. In 2012, it featured for the first and only time during the 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks for Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace’. This year will be the tower’s 40th anniversary.

The MSB Tower is ideally located on Sydney Harbour providing a panoramic view around Sydney Harbour – perfect for operating Sydney Harbour – so since it is no longer used for that purpose, ideas for keeping the tower have made including converting it into a restaurant or a museum. It can even be used as a special vantage point for Sydney Harbour pyrotechnic displays (as well as continuing to be used as a firing location for Sydney Harbour pyrotechnic displays).

The MSB Tower was originally supposed to be part of their redevelopment plans for a park but after finding that the demolition of the MSB Tower will be cheaper to do than keeping it even for worthy reasons such as the ideas listed earlier, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority have decide to recommend to the NSW Government to approve the MSB Tower’s demolition.

A planning application for the MSB Tower’s demolition is currently being prepared.


Relive the MSB Tower’s pyrotechnic appearance in Sydney New Year’s Eve 2012 – ‘Embrace”s 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks below (It is the most northern used building in the two pyrotechnic displays):