Nick Jr. (Australian and New Zealand TV channel)

Nick Jr. is a 24-hour children's channel in Australia designed for pre-schoolers. Nick Jr. was a morning programming block on Nickelodeon until 2004, when Foxtel launched it as a full 24-hour kids channel.[2] The channel is run by Foxtel Networks, under license from ViacomCBS, and is also available on Optus Television and FetchTV.

Nick Jr.
Nick Jr. logo 2009.svg
Broadcast areaAustralia
New Zealand
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
OwnerFoxtel Networks (35%)[1]
ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia (65%)
Sister channelsNetwork 10
10 HD
10 Bold
10 Peach
10 Shake
Club MTV
MTV Classic
MTV Hits
Comedy Central
Launched1 January 1998 (1998-01-01) (block)
14 March 2004 (2004-03-14) (channel)
FoxtelChannel 703
Optus TVChannel 703
FoxtelChannel 703
Sky (NZ)Channel 104
FetchTVChannel 147
Vodafone TV (NZ)Channel 504
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 703
Sky Go (NZ)


logo used from 2004 to 2010

Before Nick Jr. officially launched as a 24-hour TV channel, it was part of Nickelodeon's morning line-up which included such shows as Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer.

On 21 January 2004, Foxtel announced a brand new digital service along with new channel line-ups which included Nick Jr.[3] On 14 March 2004, Nick Jr. officially launched to be the first 24-hour Australian kids channel to play shows suited for pre-schoolers.

For a few months after Nick Jr. became a full channel, it kept a two-hour time slot on Nickelodeon in the mornings from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, but the time allocated to the block was far shorter than it was before it became a full channel.

The channel introduced some original short-form programming, including Cooking for Kids with Luis[4] and Gardening for Kids with Madi.

The channel used the new Nick Jr. logo from Friday 26 March 2010.[5] From 2004 until 2010, the channel used a localised logo with two kangaroos with the tradition of 'Nick' (representing the adult) and 'Jr.' (as the child).

On 29 February 2012, a 60-second anthem aired.

On 3 December 2013, Nick Jr. became available on Foxtel's streaming service Foxtel Go.[6]

On 1 January 2014, Nick Jr. launched on Australian IPTV provider FetchTV.[7][8]

The channel aired for a time as a two-hour block in the afternoons on Sky Television in New Zealand, until this ceased in 2013.



  • Face (14 March 2004 – 2006), (1998-2006, block)
  • Ollie the Australian Muppet (1 October 2005 – 25 March 2010)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FOXTEL - About FOXTEL - What We Do - Shareholdings". Foxtel. 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  2. ^ Fenech, Stephen (17 March 2004). "Supplement: The future is in your hands". The Advertiser. p. D01.
  3. ^ "Unknown Error". Foxtel. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Worldwide distribution for children's cookery show". C21Media.
  5. ^ Knox, David (23 March 2010). "Nickelodeon logo switch". Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  6. ^ Knox, David (3 December 2013). "Foxtel Go adds Nickelodeon, MTV, ESPN". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ FetchTV (16 December 2013). "Fetch TV". Facebook. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  8. ^ Davidson, Darren (16 December 2013). "Fetch muscles up before a Foxtel grab". The Australian. Retrieved 3 January 2014.

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