GEM (Australian TV channel)
|Launched||26 September 2010|
|Owned by||Nine Entertainment Co.|
|Picture format||1440x1080i (HDTV)|
|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 channel, 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 is simulcasting 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 is also broadcasting the 2013 Ashes series, the first time Australian viewers can see an Ashes series from England live on HD. The Broadcasts are hosted from Nine's Sydney studios by Tim Gilbert and former Australian captain Mark Taylor, with pictures provided by Sky Sports. Commentators at the grounds include former test cricketers Ian Botham, David Gower, Shane Warne and Michael Holding. 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