|Launched||9 August 2009|
|Owned by||Nine Entertainment Co.|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Audience share||3.8% nationally (2010 ratings season, )|
|Slogan||Good to Go!|
|Broadcast area||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Regional QLD, Southern New South Wales, Regional Victoria, Tasmania, Northern New South Wales, Eastern South Australia, Southeast South Australia, Riverland South Australia, Riverina M.I.A. New South Wales|
|Formerly called||GO! (2009–2015)|
|Replaced||Nine Guide (2001–2008)|
|TCN Sydney (DVB-T)||1059 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|GTV Melbourne (DVB-T)||1074 @ 8 (191.5 MHz),|
|QTQ Brisbane/Sunshine Coast (DVB-T)||1030 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|NWS Adelaide (DVB-T)||1106 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|STW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T)||1026 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|Freeview Nine metro (virtual)||93/99|
|Freeview WIN/NBN/SCA regional (virtual)||88|
|Freeview Imparja regional (virtual)||93/99|
|VAST Imparja (virtual)||93/99|
|VAST WIN (virtual)||88|
|Fetch TV (virtual)||099|
|9Now (from February 2016)|
9Go! is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel, which was launched by the Nine Network on 9 August 2009. It is a youthful channel that offers a mix of comedy, reality, general entertainment, movies, animation and drama aimed at people between the ages of 16 to 39, as well as kids.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 Current programming
- 4 Upcoming programming
- 5 Former programming
- 6 Logo and identity history
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The general concept for GO! was revealed on 23 March 2009, with the Nine Network announcing their intention to start a standard definition variety-based multichannel, launched mid-way through 2009. The channel's name and branding was first revealed as GO!99 on 14 April 2009 by TV Tonight, a blog dedicated to Australian television.
The channel went to air at 1:00 pm on 5 August 2009, broadcasting a promo loop. GO! officially began broadcasting scheduled programming from 9 August 2009 at 6:30 pm with a 1-minute promo featuring the song "Go!" by Sydney based sound house group Noise International featuring vocals by Sharon Muscat. It was then followed by an episode of Wipeout, the first programme to air on the new channel. The Nine Network's regional affiliates, WIN Television and NBN Television, also launched GO! on 9 August 2009, on channel 88. Darwin received the channel in October 2010 (over a year after other capital cities started transmitting the multi channel). From December 2010, Nine Network affiliate Imparja Television commenced transmission of the GO! channel to viewers in remote areas of Central, Northern and Eastern Australia. before expanding to Eastern South Australia on 11 November 2011 There have been reports that GO!'s technical launch had caused a significant number of digital TV receivers to no longer pick up Nine's digital channels. Nine have established a helpline for viewers experiencing problems or requiring assistance to tune in to the new channel.
Les Sampson, Nine's Network Director of Multichannels, described GO! as a "work in progress". He states that in future the channel will expand its current programming blocks, introduce "stunt" programming such as series marathons, and produce and broadcast interstitials such as fashion updates, beach report updates, and bar and restaurant reviews between programmes starring new on-air talent.
On 2 February 2014, GO! received a new logo and the on-air presentation graphics were updated by creative company DD8.
On 26 November 2015, the Nine Network introduced a network-wide rebrand of all of its digital channels with GO! being renamed 9Go!. Additionally, 9Go! was moved to Channel 93, but currently remains available on channel 99. On 16 December 2015, 9Go!'s on-air theme was changed for a continuous design across all of its channels. This included a new look for program listings, program advertisements and promos.
Original plans for GO! suggested it would consist of a mix of entertainment and lifestyle programming (this rule wasn't featured until the launch of future Female-oriented HD channel GEM in 2010). However, this branding was replaced by a youth-orientated light-entertainment channel instead. GO!'s programming is generally structured under nightly themed blocks, which consists of comedy on Sunday, all new reality shows on Tuesday, sci-fi on Wednesday, female-skewed drama on Thursday (until the launch of GEM, when it was replaced by Movies themings instead), and movies on Friday. Movies screen with "limited and brief commercial breaks". The schedule is designed not to cannibalise viewers from the main Nine channel.
It was announced in June 2009 that the Nine Network had signed a $500 million deal with Warner Bros. to continue its current output deal for another five years from 2011 to 2015. The deal helped Nine retain existing content (including many television series and films), as well as providing new content for both its primary channel, GEM (launched in 2010) and Go!. The network also has ongoing content deals with Columbia Pictures and Village Roadshow, and has secured a new content partnership with MTV Networks. Feature classic films broadcast on 9Go! are sourced from its studio-output deals, including DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation with Paramount, Lions Gate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros..
Leading up to the ad break, GO! airs replays of Nine's Newsbreak that air on the main Nine channel and from GEM. All newsbreaks are broadcast across any state. During 2010–11, GO! aired Newsbursts. The NRL is shown on GO! in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania on Friday nights when the cricket is scheduled on GEM.
NRL matches were shown on GO! on Friday Nights if the cricket was scheduled on GEM in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. GO! also broadcast the 2015 Liverpool FC tour matches against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United. The NBL was broadcast on GO!, on Sunday if the cricket was scheduled on GEM.
Live Sport currently seen on 9Gem or 9Go! will be moved back to Nine as part of the network's rebranding of its channels.
Logo and identity history
When GO! was in development stages, the concept name was revealed as GO!99on 14 April 2009 with a black and white concept logo. On 15 July 2009, news program A Current Affair confirmed the name as GO! along with a scheme of multi-coloured logos based on the original concept logo. On 2 February 2014, the channel's branding was refreshed with a new, 3D glossy logo with muti-coloured gradient variants. Following the network-wide rebrand on 26 November 2015, the channel was renamed 9Go! with the famous "nine dots" from Nine's logo integrated into then-current logo.
- 9 August 2009 – 2 February 2014: Good to GO! (accompanied in promotional trailers by "Go!'" by Noise International feat. Sharon Muscat)
- 2010 – 2012: Let's GO! (accompanied in promotional trailers by "Hello'" by The Potbelleez)
- 2 February 2014 – 26 November 2015: GO! For It!
- 26 November 2015 – present: Good to Go!
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