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Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television
network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North
Shore of Sydney. One of three major free-to-air commercial
networks in Australia, its former slogan "Still
The One" refers to the network's past ratings
success, being the most popular television station
on a national basis since the introduction of television
in Australia. Nationally, the network has consistently
proven itself the most watched television network,
defeated only twice by its main rival, the Seven Network,
in 2000 and 2007.
the first regularly transmitting television station
in Australia, launched on September 16, 1956. John
Godson introduced the station and Bruce Gyngell presented
the first programme, This Is Television and in doing
so becoming the first person to appear on Australian
television. Later that year, GTV-9 in Melbourne began
testing transmissions to telecast the 1956 Summer
Olympics later forming the National Television Network
alongside QTQ-9 in Brisbane and NWS-9 in Adelaide,
the basis of the current Nine Network.
the late 1980s, STW-9 Perth became a Nine Network
owned and operated station when Bond Media purchased
the network. However, in 1989, Bond Media sold the
Perth-based station to Sunraysia Television for AU$95
million, due to the Federal cross-media ownership
laws, which restricted the level of national reach
for media owners.
The network's Melbourne headquarters on Bendigo Street
in Richmond, Victoria.
The network's Melbourne headquarters on Bendigo Street
in Richmond, Victoria.
television was introduced to all of the network's
owned and operated stations on January 1, 2001 - this
was soon followed by the gradual introduction of widescreen
and high definition programming. Darwin station NTD
was integrated into the network on New Year's Day
2003. Following the rebrand to Nine Darwin, the station
decreased Network Ten programming from their line-up.
January 30, 2006, the network and its affiliate stations
relaunched to coincide with Nine's 50th year of broadcasting.
The decision to relaunch was made by interim CEO Sam
Chisholm and late PBL Deputy Chairman Kerry Packer
early in 2005. The new logo designed by Bruce Dunlop
Associates lacked Nine's distinctive Nine dots, which
had been an Australian television icon since 1970.
The rebranding of Nine also saw National Nine News,
A Current Affair, Today, Nightline, Wide World of
Sports, and Sunday receive new designs.
October 18, 2006 James Packer sold 50% of the network's
parent company PBL Media to CVC Asia-Pacific, in a
deal valued $4.6 billion. PBL Media later purchased
regional network NBN Television, on May 1, 2007 for
an estimated $250 million. A further 25% of PBL Media
was sold to CVC on June 1, 2007 for $515 million,
effectively forgoing control of the day-to-day operations
of the network. On September 27, 2007, PBL Media announced
their intention to start a high definition multichannel,
to be launched in March 2008.
List of programs broadcast by the Nine Network
Nine Network broadcasts a range of programming from
Australian and overseas sources, which include American
television network CBS. Nine's current Australian
programming lineup consists of television shows including;
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Getaway, McLeod's
Daughters, Sea Patrol, Missing Persons Unit, Mornings
with Kerri-Anne, Temptation, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,
The Footy Show and What's Good For You?. Australian
content on Channel Nine is predominately comprised
of non-scripted programs.
programming on Nine includes; Gilmore Girls, Close
to Home, Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,
CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, ER, Men In Trees, Nip/Tuck,
Survivor, The Closer, Weeds, and Without a Trace.
an attempt to attract advertisers, as they are more
interested in programmes for younger audiences, new
programming will be targeted towards the younger generation
in 2008. Among the new programs in Nine's 2008 line-up
are: Cashmere Mafia, The Return of Jezebel James,
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies,
Canterbury's Law, New Amsterdam, Big Shots, Chuck
and Aliens in America.
& Current Affairs
National Nine News
Nine Network's news service is called National Nine
News. For decades National Nine News has traditionally
been the top rating news service nationally for Australians,
however the Seven Network has overtaken them in the
past few years. National Nine News produces several
news bulletins and programs including; Today, National
Nine News (morning, afternoon and evening editions,
plus Nightline). As well as this, the news service
also assists in production of; A Current Affair, 60
Minutes, and Sunday. During the early hours of weekdays
and Sunday mornings, Nine rebroadcasts some of American
television network ABC's news and current affairs
programming, including Good Morning America and 20/20.
Nine's Wide World of Sport
Nine broadcasts all sporting events under the Wide
World of Sports brand. The flagship sports of the
brand are National Rugby League, Cricket and formerly
Australian Rules Football until Nine lost the rights
in 2006. NRL games are broadcast in prime time in
New South Wales and Queensland on Friday nights, however
are usually screened after midnight (or not at all)
in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
other popular recurring sporting events include the
Rugby League State of Origin, Telstra Swimming Championships,
British Open, US Golf Open, US Tennis Open, Wimbledon,
Commonwealth Bank Series cricket, and Test cricket.
As well as this, the Nine Network, in joint partnership
with subscription television provider Foxtel, has
broadcast rights for the 2010 Winter Olympics and
the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Nine Network is simulcast in analogue, standard definition
and 1080i high definition. Nine is broadcast in metropolitan
areas via Nine Network owned-and-operated stations,
these include TCN Sydney, GTV Melbourne, QTQ Brisbane,
and NTD Darwin. Nine Network programming is also carried
into other metropolitan areas and regional Australia
by locally-branded affiliate networks and stations,
including NWS Adelaide, STW Perth, WIN Television,
NBN Television, and Imparja Television. (Credit:
local content, by John elder and Tom Reilly - 5th
dumped as Nine scrambles for No. 1 - 12th January
Sydney Morning Herald)
FOR CHANNEL NINE
7 November 2007
Nine announced today a swag of exciting new program
acquisitions for the network in 2008.
highlight is Life in Cold Blood, the BBC’s final
David Attenborough series in his anthology Life on
Earth. This outstanding wildlife documentary series
tells the story of the oldest creatures on the planet.
new for Nine is Extraordinary Animals, an eye-opening
and fascinating series that investigates incredible
animals which are set apart from the rest because
of their remarkable and unique abilities.
and Villains is a lavish, all-action drama series
based on the real lives of six men who shaped the
world around them, either by sheer force of will,
genius, courage or greed.
get ready for more monsters, more action and more
thrills when Professor Nick Cutter and his team return
to do battle with savage dinosaurs and other deadly
foes from the past, present and future in Primeval
out the BBC Worldwide selection are the hit dramas
Hotel Babylon (series 3) and Waking the Dead (series
new programs for the 2008 season include the controversial
series from ITV in the UK, Secret Diary of a Call
Girl, starring Billie Piper (Doctor Who). Based on
the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known
only as Belle de Jour, this sexually explicit story
is about a beautiful prostitute who leads the ultimate
finally, the producers of Footballers’ Wives,
with input from television supremo Simon Cowell, have
created Rock Rivals, a drama based around an Australian
Idol-style TV show and the marriage breakdown of a
husband and wife who are judges on it. In a special
twist, for the first time in a television drama the
audience is able to vote for the ending they want
are very pleased to add this new crop of UK-made product
to Nine’s expanding 2008 slate,” said
Network Director of Programming, Michael Healy.
programs, along with our breakthrough new US series
including Pushing Daisies and Cashmere Mafia, and
our own exciting new local dramas Underbelly and Canal
Road, mean that viewers will be spoilt for choice
on Nine in 2008.”.
Nine Network Publicity
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set to sell Nine, magazines, by Lisa Murray - 17th
Sydney Morning Herald)
Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd will announce
the spin-off of the Nine Network and ACP Magazines
as early as today, as it looks to create a new $9
billion media company.
placed its shares in a trading halt today "pending
the release of an announcement by the company".
shares surged to an all time high of more than $20
yesterday before closing up 42 cents at $19.85, after
the deal was flagged in a report in the Herald on
is understood PBL will spin off its media assets,
including Nine and ACP, into a separate company.
will retain a stake of up to 50 per cent while the
rest of the new company will be sold to a private
equity firm. The new media company is expected to
be valued at just over $9 billion and PBL will have
a half share of that.
announcement is expected as early as today.
refused to rule out the deal in a statement to the
stock exchange yesterday, saying it was "constantly
reviewing all of its businesses and options".
deal comes just five days after the Government's media
ownership laws were passed through the Senate and
is expected to kick off a frenzy of corporate activity
in the $12 billion industry.
new company will be a major player in the mergers
and acquisitions that take place after the laws change
some time early last year.
is the second time the Packer family has sold the
Nine Network (although this time it will retain a
Packer sold Nine to Alan Bond in 1987 for more than
$1 billion, only to buy it back a few years later
for less than a quarter of the price.
that year marked the last time media ownership laws
were changed in the country by then prime minister
reports: The separate PBL media company is expected
to seek out major acquisition and merger opportunities
after the new media legislation comes into effect.
government's package of media reforms, which is expected
to be approved in the House of Representatives tomorrow,
will allow foreign investors to buy local media companies,
and also allow local media companies to own two of
the three main media platforms - newspapers, radio
and television - in the same market.
believe PBL is eyeing off newspaper publisher John
Fairfax Holdings Ltd and radio company Austereo Group
Ltd as acquisition targets, once the media rules change.
has ramped up its gaming acquisition activity this
year, joining a consortium bidding $US3.5 billion
($5 billion) for the right to build Singapore's second
casino last week.
owns Melbourne's Crown Casino and the Burswood Casino
in Perth and is part of a massive three-casino joint
venture project in Macau, Hong Kong.
also is believed to have casino bids in the United
Kingdom, Russia and Thailand.
company said in August that its media assets in 2005/06
produced a combined earnings before interest, taxation,
depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of about $500
million, compared with EBITDA of $535 million for
its gaming business.
television EBITDA totalled $215 million, down 20 per
cent or $55 million on the previous year.
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Channel Nine Melbourne (03) 9420-3111
Channel Nine Brisbane (07) 3214-9999
Channel Nine Adelaide (08) 8267 0111
Channel Nine Perth (08) 9449 9999
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Vic Viewers: PO Box 100 Richmond, Vic 3121
QLD Viewers: PO Box 72 Brisbane, QLD 4001
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