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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
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
& 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
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 October 2008
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 Series 2.
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 double life.
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 to see.
are very pleased to add this new crop of UK-made
product to Nine’s expanding 2008 slate,”
said Network Director of Programming, Michael
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
02 9965 2727
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.
Nine Sydney (02) 9906-9999
Channel Nine Melbourne (03) 9420-3111
Channel Nine Brisbane (07) 3214-9999
Channel Nine Adelaide (08) 8267 0111
Channel Nine Perth (08) 9449 9999
NSW Viewers: PO Box 27 Willoughby, NSW 2068
Vic Viewers: PO Box 100 Richmond, Vic 3121
QLD Viewers: PO Box 72 Brisbane, QLD 4001
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