Television in Australia began on 16 September 1956 in Sydney and has since grown to cover the entire country. Local programming, over the years, has included a broad range comedy, sport, and in particular drama series, in addition to news and current affairs. The industry is regulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
In most areas there is a choice of three free-to-air commercial broadcasters in addition to the television services of the two national public broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. A third, recently-established, National Indigenous Television service is available in many remote areas and as a trial service in Sydney.
The new medium was introduced by Bruce Gyngell with the words 'Good evening, and welcome to television', and has since seen the introduction of colour, as well as the impending changeover to digital television, set to be completed in 2012.