Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) facts for kids
|Picture format||576i (SDTV )|
|Owner||Foxtel Networks (35%)
ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia (65%)
|Sister channels||Network 10
|Launched||23 October 1995
(Australia & Fiji)|
1 December 2010 (New Zealand; Replacing Nickelodeon NZ
Nickelodeon NZ (in New Zealand)
|Optus TV||Channel 701|
|Sky (NZ)||Channel 101|
|PBS TV (Fiji)||Channel 205|
|Foxtel Now||Channel 701|
|Fetch TV||Channel 252|
|Vodafone TV (NZ)||Channel 101|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 701|
Nickelodeon is an Australian children's television channel operated by a joint venture of Foxtel Networks and ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia. Being a version of the namesake television channel in the United States, the channel broadcasts Nickelodeon's original series, as well as shows from third-party companies.
Nickelodeon Australia mainly airs shows from the US Nickelodeon such as SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House. The channel also broadcasts a variety of non-American and locally produced shows, some of which are detailed below. Other locally produced shows not included below are Nick Takes Over Your School, as well as an Australian version of Nick GAS. There are several local productions. Hot Chunks starring Angus King as a variety of characters., Camp Orange launched in 2005 and was hosted by Dave Lawson. The adventure camp reality series features teams of kids competing in the great outdoors, using their wits to win prizes. The second, third, fourth seasons aired in 2006, 2007, and 2008 respectively. Camp Orange was hosted by Maude Garrett from 2006 onwards. In 2009, the highly successful fifth series, Camp Orange: The Final Frontier, brought a positive element into the competition by advising teams to "play nice" to be voted for the title of "Champ Orange" by their teammates. The latest version of Camp Orange has been Camp Orange: Spill Seekers. Juice is another weekday morning show. It shows popular Nicktoons between 7 am and 9 am such as SpongeBob SquarePants and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Although the show was originally hosted, it no longer features a host.
Kids' Choice Awards
The annual awards show commenced in 2003, celebrating kids' favourite choices in music, movies, books and more.
- Nick at Nite - From Nickelodeon's opening date until July/August 2000, Nickelodeon shared its channel with an Australian version of Nick at Nite. Much of the programming was similar to the US channel at the time, including shows such as Mister Ed and Gilligan's Island. Eventually it was closed due to the expansion of Nickelodeon, as well as the existence of another classic TV channel, TV1, co-operated by another Viacom subsidiary, Paramount Pictures. Much of the programming was moved to TV1 and later some of it to the Sci Fi Channel.
- Sarvo - a block shown on weekday afternoons that was previously hosted by James Kerley and Dave Lawson. The duo left sarvo on Friday, 23 February 2007. The new series which began on 9 April 2007, and is now hosted by Maude Garrett and Kyle Linahan. sarvo airs in the afternoons and plays various Nicktoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Kappa Mikey, and Captain Flamingo as well as other shows such as Zoey 101. As well as children's programs, this show also offers other things such as interviews with celebrity guests and funny extras of what the hosts get up to. It has now ended and Maude & Kyle has since left Nickelodeon Australia.
- Weekend Mornings - a block of two episodes each of four Nicktoons on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It was originally named Double Up but changed names to support Nickelodeon's new format in 2006.
- Saturday Nick Television - a morning show that was launched in 2002 with the help of Britney Spears. This show was shot in Melbourne and involved games in which the live audience could participate in, celebrity interviews, performances, skits and more. Nickelodeon canceled the show in 2005 due to a lack of audience numbers.
- Lunchtoon - a weekday lunchtime block that has four half-hour episodes of a Nickelodeon show. It is usually played from 12 pm to 2 pm.
- Toons2Nite - played classic Nick shows such as Rocko's Modern Life and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters in the late night hours of weeknights. It was originally named Classics, however it has since been rebranded Toons2Nite. It now shows a wide range of cartoons on weekday nights.
Nick Takes Over Your Beach
Over the summers of 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004, Nickelodeon toured Australian beaches, setting up games and activities.
Nickelodeon Magazine Australia
The Australian Nickelodeon Magazine was a monthly magazine available in most newsagents and supermarkets between September 2005 and May 2006. The American version of the magazine was sold in some Australian newsagents and supermarkets from 1995, coinciding with the opening of Australian pay TV providers Galaxy (Australian television) in January and Foxtel in October 1995. The Australian version was created in 2005. In total, six issues of the Australian "Nickelodeon Magazine" were published before being dropped by Australian Consolidated Press. It was edited by former Australian Disney Adventures contributor, Santi Pintado. The Australian Nickelodeon Magazine content was borrowed heavily from its American counterpart, Nickelodeon Magazine. The first copy of the magazine was handed out free at the 2005 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards.
You're on Nick
To support Nickelodeon Australia's new format, the network launched Moby Nick, a bus that would tour around Australia in places such as Sydney Olympic Park. Part of the bus was a small recording studio, where kids could say a sentence or two about what they could do, or who they were. The ten-second clips would be shown during the ads on Nickelodeon Australia shows.
Slimefest is the world's only slime-filled annual music festival for kids. Launching in Sydney in September 2012, the first line up included Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Justice Crew, Guy Sebastian, Reece Mastin, Johhny Ruffo and Christina Parie.
The 2013 line up included headliners Big Time Rush, along with performances by Guy Sebastian, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade, Heffron Drive and Jadagrace.
2014 saw the festival travel to both Sydney and Melbourne, with performances by Cody Simpson, Savage, Justice Crew, Sabrina Carpenter, The Collective, Alli Simpson, Ricki Lee (Sydney) and Dami Im (Melbourne).
- Angus King (1998–1999): Hot Chunks
- Jamie Croft (2003): sarvo
- Josh Quong Tart (2003): sarvo
- Dave "Kambo" Kambouris (2002–2003): sn:tv, Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards (2003)
- Dave Lawson (2002–2007): sn:tv, Nick Takes Over Your School, Camp Orange, sarvo, Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards (2005 and 2006)
- Natalie Garonzi (2002–2003): sn:tv, Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards, sarvo
- Tony Brockman (2003–2005): sarvo, Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards (2004)
- James Kerley (2003–2007): sarvo, Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards (2004, 2005 and 2006)
- Emily Perry (2004–2005): sn:tv
- Jesse Tobin (2004–2005): sn:tv
- Maude Garrett (2006–2009): Camp Orange: Slimey Hollow, Camp Orange: The Mystery of Spaghetti Creek, Camp Orange: The Curse of the Emerald Eye, sarvo
- Kyle Linahan (2007–2009): sarvo
- Luke & Wyatt (Luke Ryan and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd) (2010–2015): Camp Orange
- Kristy (Kristy Best) (2016–present): Slime Cup
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