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ABC Me
ABC ME logo.svg
Country Australia
Broadcast area Nationwide
Network ABC Television
Slogan Catch Me
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales
Programming
Language(s) English
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
Ownership
Owner ABC
Sister channels ABC TV
ABC TV HD
ABC TV Plus
ABC Kids
ABC News
History
Launched 4 December 2009; 11 years ago (4 December 2009) (as ABC3)
Former names ABC3 (2009–2016)
Links
Website abc.net.au/abcme
Availability
Terrestrial
ABN Sydney (DVB-T) 548 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
Digital terrestrial television Channel 8 (Hobart)
Channel 12 (Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Channel 30 (Darwin)
Cable
Foxtel/Optus Channel 723
Satellite
Foxtel Channel 723
VAST Channel 23
Streaming media
Catch Television Terrestrial sat Cable ABC iview live stream

ABC Me (stylised as ABC ME) is an Australian children's free-to-air television channel owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It was officially launched by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 4 December 2009 as ABC3.

Management

ABC ME is operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation part of ABC Television. Overall strategic responsibility for all of the ABC's domestic services rests with the Director of Television, David N Anderson (since 2017). The direction of ABC ME itself rests with Michael Carrington the current Head of Children's and Education responsible for commissioning all ABC ME content across television, online, and iview.

Programming

The channel's programming runs from 5:30 am to around 10:30 pm everyday, and targets the 7-17-year-old age group. During the stations off hours, the station displays a signpost saying "returns at 5:30 am" with audio from the digital radio station ABC Jazz before reopening again the next day. It broadcasts a range of genres, including comedy, drama, music, animation, extreme sports, wildlife and news-based programmes.

The channel aims to feature at least 50% Australian produced content. News To Me was a show that was hosted by the channel's presenters, which premiered on Monday 19 September 2016 at 5:10 pm and aired its last episode on New Year's Eve 2018. It was replaced with a new show called Stacked, airing a new episode every weekday at 4:25 pm and is produced by the in-house Children's production team, alongside Good Game: Spawn Point, and Let's Go. Other programs which air on the channel include the historical drama My Place, sitcom Mal.com, animation series Little J & Big Cuz, a news and current affairs show produced by the team from Behind the News (the longest running program on ABC ME) and a sketch comedy You're Skitting Me. ABC3 created Pet Superstars which also aired on ABC 4 Kids.

Program playout for ABC ME is controlled from ABQ, the ABC's Brisbane station via the ABC's playout facility, MediaHub. Programmes such as Studio 3 and Prank Patrol were filmed and produced at ABV in Melbourne.

Unlike commercial channels, ABC ME is not constrained by a local content quota and portions of its programming are sourced from foreign broadcasters such as CBBC (as Children's BBC), ZDF and Yoopa. In 2017, ABC Me became an associate member of the EBU and earned the contract from SBS and Blink TV to start to select participants and it first broadcast the European Broadcasting Union Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as well as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Presenters

  • Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen (2009–16)
  • Dave Cartel ("The Janitor") (2009–13)
  • Ben Crawley (2009–11)
  • Gemma "Gem" Driscoll (2018–present)
  • Amberley Lobo (2009–15)
  • Ava Madon (2019–20)
  • Steven "Bajo" O'Donnell (2009–17)
  • Drew Parker (2019–20)
  • Pip Rasmussen (2016–20)
  • Mitch Tomlinson (2009–12)
  • Kayne Tremills (2009–15)
  • Scott Tweedie (2009–13)
  • Hannah Wang (2009–12)
  • Gus "Goose" Ronald (2011–18)
  • James Elmer (2011–16)
  • Alfie Gledhill (2011–12)
  • Olivia Phyland (2011–15)
  • Khaled Khalafalla (2012–13)
  • Grace Koh (2014–18, 2020)
  • Ivy Latimer (2014–15)
  • Tim Matthews (2014–17)
  • Lawrence Gunatilaka (2018–19)
  • Dallas Reedman (2018–19)
  • Ilai Swindells (2018)
  • Jael Wena (2019)
  • William Yates (2019–20)
  • Angharad "Rad" Yeo (2017–present)
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