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Country Australia
New Zealand
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Language(s) English
Picture format 576i (SDTV )
Owner Foxtel Networks (35%)
ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia (65%)
Sister channels Network 10
10 HD
10 Bold
10 Peach
10 Shake
Club MTV
MTV Classic
MTV Hits
Nick Jr.
Comedy Central
Launched 23 October 1995; 27 years ago (1995-10-23) (Australia & Fiji)
1 December 2010; 12 years ago (2010-12-01) (New Zealand; Replacing Nickelodeon NZ
Replaced Max/Classic Max
Nickelodeon NZ (in New Zealand)
Foxtel Channel 701
Optus TV Channel 701
Foxtel Channel 701
Sky (NZ) Channel 101
PBS TV (Fiji) Channel 205
Foxtel Now Channel 701
Fetch TV Channel 252
Vodafone TV (NZ) Channel 101
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 701
Sky Go

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.

The Australian version also offers a timeshift schedule to viewers in New Zealand since 1 December 2010; the New Zealand-specific version of Nickelodeon ceased broadcasting a day before.


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.

Programming blocks

  • 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.

Other projects

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).




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