Channel V Australia

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The correct title of this article is Channel [V] Australia. The substitution or omission of any brackets is because of technical restrictions.
Channel V Australia
Channel V Australia.svg
Launched 22 April 1995 (1995-04-22)[1]
Closed 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 0.2% (27 June 2009, [2])
Country  Australia
Language English
Broadcast area  Australia
Formerly called Red (prior to April 1997[3])
Sister channel(s) Country Music Channel
[V] Hits

Channel V Australia, stylized as Channel [V], was an Australian subscription television music channel that was available on Foxtel, Optus TV and Austar satellite and cable services. It was also previously available in New Zealand on TelstraSaturn's cable TV service in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch, until a channel shake-up occurred under new owners TelstraClear in 2002.

Channel [V] was targeted at the youth market, and played both mainstream and alternative music from local and international artists. Although it used the name Channel [V] in Australia, it was not associated with the international affiliates and used the name under the license of News Corporation via STAR TV. However, the Australian version of Channel V was previously operated by STAR TV and XYZ Entertainment (xyznetworks).

Previously called Red, Channel [V] commenced broadcasting in April 1995 on the now defunct Galaxy service. The name change to Channel [V] came about after owners XYZ Entertainment (now xyznetworks) and Channel [V] International came to agreement over naming rights in March 1997.[4] In 2004, the launch of Foxtel Digital and other digital cable and satellite services, saw a second [V] branded channel begin broadcasting called V Hits (formerly Club[V]), which is a 24-hour music channel that focuses more on music without TV shows.

Channel [V] closed on 25 March 2016, replaced with a two hour timeshift channel of [V] Hits. Starting from 27 February 2016, [V] saw programming changes, which included the end of all programs which involved VJs and other personnel.[5] This was followed by the relaunch of [V] Hits as the main music clip channel, featuring only music videos and countdowns. The closure came as viewers increasingly sought music videos from online sources rather than on television, which had resulted in a steady decline in [V]'s viewership.[6][7][8] As a result of the closure, three staff members were made redundant, and Danny Clayton's contract with the network (which was set to expire midyear) was not renewed.[8]


Billy Russell, Jane Gazzo and Danny Clayton in 2012

Previous Current [V]Js[edit]

Former [V]Js[edit]

Dave Lawson is one of the hosts of 'The Dave and Kerley Show' but is not considered a [V]J

Channel [V] Presenter Search 2012[edit]

Over six thousand people applied for a chance to become a Channel [V]. These applicants were shortlisted to a top 20, with 4 finalists announced on Saturday 16 June 2012.[4]


Current Original Shows[edit]

Previous Original productions[edit]

[V] Oz Artist of the Year[edit]

The Channel V Oz Artist of the Year is an annual award Presented by Channel V Australia some times at the ARIA Music Awards.

[V] Hits[edit]

Main article: V Hits

As of 12 January 2007, Club [V] has been re-branded as Channel [V]² and began showing a more varied range of video clips. Channel [V] remains as a more entertainment orientated channel and began broadcasting in widescreen on the same day. Channel [V] boasts programming including: The Dudesons, BDO & various music specials.

On 15 November 2009, Channel [V]² was relaunched as [V] Hits.


  1. ^ Browne, Rachel (1995-04-22). "Galaxy takes knife to fees". The Sun-Herald. Sydney. p. 23. Retrieved 21 December 2009. XYZ Entertainment is launching the other four Galaxy channels today. They are a documentary channel Quest, children's and cult TV channel Max, general entertainment channel Arena and music channel Red. 
  2. ^ Metropolitan Total TV Share of All Viewing – All Homes: Week 26 2009 (21/06/2009 – 27/06/2009)
  3. ^ [ Music channel (V) to bow down under]
  4. ^ a b SEC INFO United Australia Pty Ltd
  5. ^ Lawrence, Vanessa (23 February 2016). "RIP CHANNEL V: AUSSIE MUSIC STALWART TO CLOSE AFTER 20 YEARS OF GOOD TIMES". Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (24 February 2016). "YouTube killed the video star as music ends for Channel [V]". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Bond, Nick (24 February 2016). "'Vale Channel V': Foxtel's shock announcement for music channel". Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Knox, David (25 February 2016). "Channel [V] viewers "in steady decline"". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d Elder, Bruce (30 March 1997). "The new MUSIC WARS". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 13. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Rachel, By (9 June 1996). "With Music TV It's All In The Timing". The Sun-Herald. Sydney. p. 34. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  |section= ignored (help)
  11. ^ Everton, Denise (7 November 1997). "Alle keeps abreast of the music industry". Illawarra Mercury. p. 35. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Everton, Denise (11 June 1999). "[V] is for voltage". Illawarra Mercury. p. 11. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Deni has the role with soul.". Sunday Mail. Adelaide. 16 December 2001. 
  14. ^ a b c Holder, Peter; Casamento, Jo (9 August 2000). "V-day for weird reporters – SYDNEY CONFIDENTIAL". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. p. 33. 
  15. ^ a b c Molitorisz, Sacha (22 October 1995). "Red in your face". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  16. ^ a b Connolly, Fiona; Grant, Sarah (27 September 2005). "Sydney Confidential". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. p. 21. 
  17. ^ Meagher, David (12 June 1999). "Career path". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1. Retrieved 13 February 2010.  |section= ignored (help)
  18. ^ Holder, Peter; Casamento, Jo (13 February 2002). "Vogue and Channel V, what's next for Chloe?". North Shore Times. p. 26. 

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