Studio (TV channel)

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STUDIO (TV Channel) logo.png
Launched April 2010
Closed 27 March 2015 (2015-03-27)
Owned by Special Broadcasting Service
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Slogan Australia's Arts & Entertainment Channel
Country Australia
Language English
Formerly called STVDIO (2010–2012)
Replaced by Foxtel Arts
Foxtel Channel 132
Foxtel Channel 132

STUDIO was a subscription television arts channels available in Australia on the FOXTEL and AUSTAR platforms.[1]

Original Logo used from 1 April 2010 until 1 March 2012

The channel launched in April 2010 as STVDIO, and is owned and operated by SBS Subscription TV, a subsidiary of free-to-air broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service.

STUDIO is Australia's only channel dedicated to the arts and entertainment and themed nights. It shows classical and popular music, literature, film, visual arts and dance with documentaries and performances.[2]

As part of a brand redesign in March 2012, the channel was renamed to STUDIO, suggested to be a more accessible name.[3]

The channel was forced into closure on 27 March 2015 as they were unable to re-negotiate their contract with Foxtel, and was instead replaced with Foxtel-owned channel Foxtel Arts. As a result, a number of the channel's arts programming moved to SBS and its video on demand service.[4][5]

Local Australian Productions[edit]

The channel also records live local music, theatre and dance productions, known as the STUDIO Season Ticket.[6]

  • Smoke & Mirrors with iOTA – Filmed at The Famous Spiegeltent during Sydney Festival 2011.[7]
  • Amadou & Mariam at WOMADelaide 2011 – The blind Mali duo performed at Adelaide's world music festival in March.[8]
  • Iconic Songs with Archie Roach – Indigenous performer and activist Archie Roach was joined by long-time friends Shane Howard and Neil Murray at WOMADelaide 2011 to perform three iconic Australian songs.[8]
  • The 2011 Helpmann Awards – Australia’s performing arts awards, broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.[9]
  • The Australian Ballet presents Graeme Murphy's Romeo & Juliet – Live broadcast from Melbourne's the Arts Centre.[10]
  • notes from the hard road and beyond from Melbourne Festival 2011 – STUDIO announced it will record the closing night of the Melbourne International Arts Festival with performances by Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, and Rickie-Lee Jones.[11]

Arts Community[edit]

In addition to live performances, STUDIO also broadcasts news and updates on the Australian arts community. The channel broadcast short programs called [ STUDIO ‘Artbreaks’ which include interviews with local and international artists, performers, and coverage of current arts events.[12]

Past artists have included:

  • Dance choreographer Graeme Murphy
  • Director Wim Wenders]
  • Author Thomas Keneally
  • Author Shaun Tan
  • Conductor and classical musician Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Author Tim Winton
  • Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Theatre icon John Bell
  • Director Adam Elliot
  • Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster
  • Speigeltent Maestro David Bates
  • Opera star Cecilia Bartoli
  • You Am I member Tim Rogers

Past arts events covered have included: