GEM (Australian TV channel)
|Launched||26 September 2010|
|Owned by||Nine Entertainment Co.|
|Picture format||HDTV (1440x1080i)|
|Slogan||Welcome to GEM|
|Broadcast area||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth,
Regional QLD, Southern New South Wales, Regional Victoria,
Tasmania, Northern New South Wales, Eastern South Australia, Riverina M.I.A. New South Wales
|Replaced||Nine Network (HD simulcast)|
|TCN Sydney (DVB-T)||1058 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|GTV Melbourne (DVB-T)||1073 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|QTQ Brisbane/Sunshine Coast (DVB-T)||1152 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|NWS Adelaide (DVB-T)||1112 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|STW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T)||1030 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|Freeview Nine metro (virtual)||90|
|Freeview WIN/NBN/SCA regional (virtual)||80|
|Freeview Imparja regional (virtual)||90|
|VAST (virtual)||90 or 80|
GEM is an Australian free-to-air high definition digital television multichannel, launched by the Nine Network on Sunday 26 September 2010 at 6am. The launch, originally planned for 24 September at midday, was rescheduled due to "technical issues" at Nine's playout centre. It is a General Entertainment and Movies channel, the phrase from which the name GEM is derived.
Nine Network CEO David Gyngell stated "GEM is part of Nine's strategy to create a cluster of complementary channels to cover all key audiences." The channel is aimed at everyone, including lifestyle programs and movies, with additional programming drawn from a combination of new shows and other shows previously aired on its sister channels Nine and GO!. The launch of GEM follows the success of GO!.
The channel targets a broad range of viewers, broadcasting programs from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and complementing existing programming on Nine and GO!.
Programs aired on the channel are female-skewed, but also range from a mix of genres, including crime, lifestyle, drama, classic sitcoms, comedies, live sport and repeated high definition or silver screen films. The launch of the network is led by Showtime programs, The Big C and a new series of Weeds (currently airing reruns on Nine's primary channel). Other imports include Airport, Allo Allo, Animal Emergency, Birds of a Feather, Bless This House, The Closer, Cold Case, Conan (moved to GO!), the CSI franchise, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Embarrassing Bodies, Friends, The Golden Girls, How Clean Is Your House?, Law & Order, Mary Queen of Shops, Murder, She Wrote, The Nanny, Neighbours at War, The Partridge Family, Rizzoli & Isles, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Secret Millionaire, Southland, Wife Swap, The Zoo, and more. Australian programs include Alive and Cooking, Random Acts of Kindness, McLeod's Daughters, What's Good For You?, Amazing Medical Stories, Sea Patrol and Getaway, The Taste, The Great British Bake Off.
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Adventure In Rainbow Country
- Alive and Cooking
- Antiques Roadshow
- Aircrash Confidential
- The Closer (repeats)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (repeats)
- CSI: Miami (repeats)
- CSI: NY (repeats)
- Domestic Blitz (repeats)
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show (encore)
- Embarrassing Bodies
- Friends (repeats)
- Footy Classified
- The Sunday Footy Show (AFL) (New South Wales, Queensland & Australian Capital Territory only)
- The Sunday Footy Show (NRL) (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia & Tasmania Only)
- Getaway (repeats)
- Gideon's Way
- My Strange Addiction
- The People's Court
- RPA (repeats)
- Secret Dealers
- Silent Witness
- Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (repeats)
- Super Nanny USA
- The Young Ones
- Wild Europe
- Amazing Medical Stories
- Allo Allo
- Animal Emergency
- The Big C
- Birds of a Feather
- Bless This House
- Cold Case
- Conan (moved to GO!)
- The Golden Girls
- The Great British Bake Off
- How Clean Is Your House?
- Law & Order
- Mary Queen of Shops
- McLeod's Daughters
- Murder, She Wrote
- The Nanny
- Neighbours at War
- The Partridge Family
- Random Acts of Kindness
- Rizzoli & Isles
- Sea Patrol
- Secret Diary of a Call Girl
- Secret Millionaire
- The Taste
- What's Good For You?
- Wife Swap
- The Zoo
News programming is generally not carried on GEM, but it has previously aired Nine News at 7 from August to October 2013. The bulletin was launched in response to the launch of Seven News at 7.00 on 7Two. As of Late 2013, there are no more news bulletins shown as they continue to air only on Nine.
GEM has also aired live sporting broadcasts in various markets including various Rugby Union World Cup matches in 2011, as well as portions of Nine's Cricket telecast (whilst the 6pm news airs on the main Nine channel). GEM will also televise live NRL into Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania as of Round 5 of the 2012 NRL season, thus putting it head-to-head with Seven/7mate's live AFL coverage in those states, and eliminating the need for Melbourne Storm fans, especially in Victoria, to have to wait until after midnight to watch their local team play. Starting in Round 4 of the 2014 NRL season, for yet unexplained reasons GEM stopped showing the NRL on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons live into Adelaide, with the coverage for all games on Nine reverting back to the after midnight 'graveyard shift'. As the change was unannounced and in Adelaide only (the rest of South Australia still receives the live coverage), this has angered many fans in the city, both South Australians and those who have re-located from NSW or Qld.
In 2011, Nine also showed both matches of the Bledisloe Cup live on GEM into Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania whilst in New South Wales and Queensland it was live on Nine. GEM simulcast Nine's coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games live in High Definition, with the exception of Friday nights between 7.30–9.30pm where NRL will be telecast nationally. On rare occasions, Nine's Newsbreaks were also occasionally simulcast in HD with the main channel, while Gem is off air.
GEM broadcast the 2013 Ashes series for the first time on Australian television in HD. The broadcasts were hosted from Nine's Sydney studios by Tim Gilbert and former Australian captain Mark Taylor, with pictures and commentary provided by host broadcaster Sky Sports. During Gem's telecast of The Ashes, the NRL is shown on sister channel GO! in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania on Friday nights when the cricket is scheduled.
- "Nine to launch GEM for women". David Knox (TV-Tonight.com.au). 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "GEM's start-time reschedules to 6am Sunday". David Knox (TV-Tonight.com.au). 24 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- "Nine announces Gem HD". Media Spy (The Spy Report). 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- Government approves NRL on GEM outside NSW, Qld. | TV Tonight