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ABC3 Logo.svg
Launched 4 December 2009
Network ABC Television
Owned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
Slogan 3 - The Magic Number
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Nationally
Sister channel(s) ABC
ABC Kids
ABC News 24
ABN Sydney (DVB-T) 548 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)[1]
ABV Melbourne (DVB-T) 564 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABQ Brisbane (DVB-T) 580 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABS Adelaide (DVB-T) 596 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T) 740 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABT Hobart (DVB-T) 628 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
ABD Darwin (DVB-T) 644 @ 30 (543.5 MHz)
Freeview ABC (virtual) 23
Foxtel (virtual) 723
VAST (virtual) 23
Foxtel/Optus (virtual) 723

ABC3 is an Australian children's public digital television multichannel owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It launched on 4 December 2009 at 6pm,[2] with the Countdown to 3 airing beforehand at 5pm on ABC TV with Australian prime minister at the time, Kevin Rudd appearing.


In September 2007, the Australian government announced a proposal to launch a new digital-only children's channel, ABC3.[3] An ABC3 channel appeared on television receivers in 2008, as a placeholder for the future ABC3 channel.[4] ABC3 was considered by the Australia 2020 Summit and given as one of the recommendations to the Government. In April 2009, the Government's official response to the Summit approved the idea,[5] and in the 2009–10 Commonwealth Budget $67 million was allocated towards ABC3 as part of the Government's $167 million funding increase to the ABC.

On 18 June 2009, the Corporation began its first public ABC3 campaign – called "MeOn3" – to scout for new hosting talent. On 22 October 2009, 8 presenters were announced. Amberley Lobo and Kayne Tremills would host Studio 3, with Ben Crawley as a roving reporter, he later joined the show What Do You Know? alongside Dr Rhythm. Scott Tweedie would host Prank Patrol, while Hannah Wang and Mitch Tomlinson were named as co-hosts of Rush TV and Stephanie Bendixsen and Steven O'Donnell were hosts of Good Game: Spawn Point a spin-off of the TV series Good Game, made for younger gamers, which shows every Tuesday on ABC2.

On 4 December 2009 at 5pm, the hour-long Countdown to 3 special, the official on-screen launch of ABC3, was broadcast on the channel and was simulcast on ABC1 and ABC HD until. It featured special performances from Australian artists Cassie Davis and Short Stack, an introduction to various ABC3 presenters and shows - including CJ the DJ and Dance Academy - and the station's launch around 6pm by then-Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.[6][7][8][9]

In 2011, James Elmer joined as co-host of Studio 3 along with Kayne and Amberley. On 4 December 2011, the winners from the MeOn3 contest were revealed as Alfie Gledhill and Olivia Phyland. On 14 September 2012, Alfie left Studio 3 to pursue acting dreams. In October 2012, Comedian Khaled Khalafala joined Studio 3, and stayed with the crew until early 2013 before leaving. In March 2013 the Janitor (Dave Cartel) and Bubbles the goldfish supposedly left Studio 3 for Venezuela, with Bubbles being replaced with a new goldfish called Alexis.

Tim Matthews, Grace Koh and Ivy Latimer later joined James and Liv in June 2014 after winning The 3 Factor competition.


The channel's programming runs from 6am to 9.30pm daily, and targets the 3–15-year-old age group. At 9pm, the station closes and displays the Rage block programming, before the signpost says "we're back from 6am" with ABC background music and ads promoting popular ABC3 programming until the station reopens again at 6am[10] It broadcasts a range of genres, including comedy, drama, music, animation, extreme sports, wildlife and news-based programmes. The channel aims to feature at least 50% Australian produced content.[11] Studio 3 is a show that is hosted by the ABC 3 presenters and link various other programs. It began on Monday 7 December 2009 at 7:00 am.

New programs which air on the channel include the historical drama My Place, sitcom, animation series CJ the DJ, a news and current affairs show produced by the team from Behind the News and a sketch comedy You're Skitting Me.[12]

Program playout for ABC3 is controlled from ABN, the ABC's Brisbane station. on delayed to technical at ABC's new playout facility, MediaHub. Programmes such as Studio 3 and Prank Patrol (Australia) are filmed and produced at ABC2, the ABC's Melbourne Station.

Unlike commercial channels, ABC3 is not constrained by a local content quota[13] and portions of its programming are sourced from foreign broadcasters such as CBBC, Teletoon and YTV.

Current shows[edit]

Programmes currently broadcast on the channel include:



Future shows[edit]

Programming confirmed for future broadcast will include:

Past shows[edit]

These shows have previously been broadcast on ABC3:



See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Free kids' TV channel is as easy as ABC3". The Age. 23 September 2007. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "The state of Children's television". Radio National. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "New children's channel for ABC". ABC News and Current Affairs. 22 April 2009. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Countdown To 3". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (4 December 2009). "Countdown to ABC3". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Countdown To 3". ABC Television. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Prime Minister launches ABC3". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  10. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (December 2009). About ABC3. Accessed on 9 December 2009.
  11. ^ "ABC3 announces new Aussie kids shows". TV Tonight. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Green, Liz. "Countdown to ABC3". ABC. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Michael Bodey (22 October 2009). "ABC to launch new kids digital TV channel ABC3". The Australian. 
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