GO! (Australian TV channel)
|Launched||9 August 2009|
|Owned by||Nine Entertainment Company|
|Picture format||PAL (576i) 16:9|
|Audience share||3.8% nationally (2010 ratings season, )|
|Slogan||GO! For It!|
Southern New South Wales,
Northern New South Wales,
Eastern South Australia,
Southeast South Australia,
Riverland South Australia,
Riverina M.I.A. New South Wales
|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)||99|
|Freeview WIN/NBN/SCA regional (virtual)||88|
|Freeview Imparja regional (virtual)||99|
|VAST (virtual)||99 or 88|
GO! 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 References
- 7 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 Noise International. 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, describes 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.
GO! celebrated its birthday by airing movies every night during the month of August 2010. GO! also played a mini clip during the commercial breaks thanking everyone for watching GO!.
On 2 February 2014, GO! received a new logo and the on-air presentation graphics were updated by creative company DD8.
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 currently[when?] 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 GO! are sourced from its studio-output deals, including DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation (old films), Lions Gate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures (old films) 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.
- Bad Robots
- Dog and Beth: On the Hunt
- Ghost Town Gold
- Survivor 31: Cambodia - Second Chances
- The Tattoo Shop
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (repeats)
- Ben 10
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Class of 3000
- Digimon Fusion
- Dogstar (repeats)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Firehouse Tales
- Flash and Dash
- The Flintstones
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Generator Rex
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Season 3)
- Josie and the Pussycats
- Justice League Unlimited
- Krypto the Super Dog
- Legion of Super Heroes
- The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
- Loonatics Unleashed
- Magical Tales
- Marine Boy
- Max Steel (repeats)
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey
- Power Rangers Megaforce (repeats)
- Power Rangers Super Samurai (repeats)
- Robotomy (repeats)
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
- Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (repeats)
- Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
- Skinner Boys
- The Smurfs
- Squirrel Boy
- Stressed Eric
- Sym-Bionic Titan
- Tamagotchi! (English dub of 2009 anime)
- Teen Titans
- Tiny Toon Adventures
- Tom and Jerry Tales
- Watchmen: Complete Motion Comic
- Winx Club
- Xiaolin Showdown
- Yamba's Playtime
- 2 Broke Girls (repeats)
- Aliens in America
- Bewitched (Moved to 7Two)
- Community (repeats)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Get Smart (Moved to One)
- Green Acres (Moved to 7Two)
- I Dream of Jeannie (Moved to 7Two)
- Just Shoot Me! (Moved to 7Mate)
- Little Britain
- Married... with Children (Moved to 7Mate)
- The Nanny (Moved to 7Two)
- The New Adventures of Old Christine
- The Partridge Family
- Reno 911! (Moved to SBS Two)
- Seinfeld (Moved to 7Mate)
- Spin City (Moved to Eleven)
- Suburgatory (repeats)
- Super Fun Night (repeats)
- That '80s Show
- Two and a Half Men (repeats)
- Weeds (Moved to Nine Network)
- The Avengers (Moved to Nine Network or GEM)
- Charlie's Angels (Moved to 7mate)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Moved to Nine Network or GEM)
- CSI: Miami (Moved to Nine Network or GEM)
- CSI: NY (Moved to Nine Network or GEM)
- Dante's Cove
- Drop Dead Diva (Moved to 7Two)
- The Dukes of Hazzard (Moved to 7Two)
- Gossip Girl
- Lost in Space
- New Amsterdam
- Nikita (repeats)
- Pretty Little Liars (Season 1)
- Star Trek: The Original Series (Season 1)
- Starsky & Hutch
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Unnatural History
- V (Season 2)
- The Vampire Diaries
- The Wire (Season 5)
- The ARIA Music Show
- Australia's Funniest Home Videos (Includes Daily Edition)
- The Cube
- The Darren Sanders Show (repeats)
- Eclipse Music TV
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Nine Network encore)
- GO! Surround Sound (repeats)
- Oh Sit!
- Top Gear Australia
- Top Gear US
- Total Wipeout
- Wipeout Australia
- Wipeout USA (Moved to 7Two)
- 16 and Pregnant
- The Bachelor
- Bachelor Pad
- The Bachelorette
- Big Brother (Nine Network encore)
- The Block (Nine Network encore)
- The Block New Zealand
- Car SOS (repeats)
- Dance Your Ass Off
- Deepwater (repeats)
- Dog the Bounty Hunter
- The Great Australian Bake Off (repeats)
- MTV Cribs
- MTV Cribs UK
- Neighbours at War (Moved to 7Two)
- Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents
- Survivor (Seasons 17 (Gabon), 18 (Tocantins) and 26 (Caramoan) through to 30 (Worlds Apart))
- Teen Mom
- Tool Academy
- The Voice US
- Wife Swap USA
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