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Channel V Australia

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Owned by
Foxtel Networks

Audience share
0.2% (27 June 2009, )


Picture format
576i (SDTV 16:9)


Channel V Australia

22 April 1995 (1995-04-22)

25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)

TV shows
B430, The Riff, whatUwant, The Dave & Kerley Show, Free Sh!t Men, Blog Party, Cash Cab

SoHo (Australian TV channel), Binge (TV channel), Fox Footy

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. 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. 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. 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.

Previous Current [V]Js

  • Danny Clayton (2004–March 2016)
  • Carissa Walford (July 2011–March 2016)
  • Generik (April 2015 – March 2016)
  • Bert McCracken (April 2015 – March 2016)
  • Bambi Northwood-Blyth (April 2015 – January 2016)
  • Former [V]Js

    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

    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.

    Current Original Shows

  • V Music Video Chart
  • The Revolution with Bert McCracken
  • V Indie
  • V Popped
  • The Connect
  • The Big Mix featuring Messed Up with Generik
  • iTunes Weekly Countdown
  • V Ripe Clip of The Week
  • V Vs
  • V 10 Most Requested Video
  • V Buzz Artist
  • Guerrilla Gigs
  • V Island Parties
  • Oz Countdown: Top 40
  • Festival of V
  • V 10 Hottest Tracks Right Now
  • V Late Night
  • Previous Original productions

  • B430
  • Cash Cab (2007-2014)
  • The Dave & Kerley Show (2008)
  • The Riff (2013-2015)
  • V LOUD
  • whatUwant (2002-2008)
  • [V] Oz Artist of the Year

    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

    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.


    Channel V Australia Wikipedia

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