Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand)

Nickelodeon is an Australian children's pay 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 & New Zealand
Nickelodeon 2009 logo.svg
New Zealand
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
Nick Jr.
Comedy Central
Launched23 October 1995; 25 years ago (1995-10-23) (Australia)
1 December 2010; 10 years ago (2010-12-01) (New Zealand & Fiji; Replacing Nickelodeon NZ
ReplacedMax[2]/Classic Max
Nickelodeon NZ (in New Zealand)
FoxtelChannel 701
Optus TVChannel 701
FoxtelChannel 701
Sky (NZ)Channel 101
PBS TV (Fiji)Channel 205
Foxtel NowChannel 701
Fetch TVChannel 252
Vodafone TV (NZ)Channel 101
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 701
Sky Go

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 was launched on 23 October 1995, replacing the Max and ClassicMax channels, offering live action shows and cartoons.[3] Originally the channel timeshared with Nick at Nite which began at 8 on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends, and ended at 6 am. From 1 July 1998, the channel gained an extra half-hour on weekdays, moving Nick at Nite back to. 8.30 pm.[4] On 2 January 2000, the channel introduced "More Nick", extending its broadcast hours to 10 pm every night of the week.[5][6] Eventually in July/August 2000, Nick at Nite closed and Nickelodeon began broadcasting for 24 hours every day.[7] After that, almost all of Nick at Nite's programming moved to TV1. Nickelodeon was also added to the Optus Television service in December 2002.

On 14 March 2004, Nick Jr. launched as the first full, 24-hour TV channel designed for pre-school audiences in Australia. Before this, Nick Jr. was a morning and afternoon programming block on Nickelodeon, including shows that now get much more airtime on the full channel, such as Dora the Explorer and PAW Patrol. For a few months after Nick Jr. became a full channel, it kept a 2-hour-long time slot on Nickelodeon, but it was drastically shorter than it was before it became a full channel. Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. began broadcasting in Widescreen on 2 March 2009.

During Kids Choice Awards 2010 Nickelodeon Australia rebranded the network with the new one using completely different bumpers than America's channel however the iCarly bumper with slime has been used in most advertisement breaks. The Nick Shack rebranded much earlier before the channel itself.[8] On 1 December 2010, Nickelodeon Australia launched in New Zealand, replacing Nickelodeon New Zealand.[9] On 30 July 2013, Nickelodeon Australia became available on the newly launched Australian IPTV service Foxtel Play, making it one of the first channels to be available via the service.[10]

On 3 December 2013, Nickelodeon Australia became available on Foxtel's streaming service Foxtel Go.[11] On 1 January 2014, Nickelodeon Australia launched on Australian IPTV provider FetchTV.[12][13]

From September 2020, a 12-hour block of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. programming will be made available to free-to-air television on the newly-launched 10 Shake multichannel, operated by fellow ViacomCBS sister channel 10.


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-US 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.,[14] 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 AwardsEdit

The annual awards show commenced in 2003, celebrating kids' favourite choices in music, movies, books and more.

Programming blocksEdit

  • 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.[15]
  • 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 Nickelodeon 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 every night.

Other projectsEdit

Nick Takes Over Your BeachEdit

Over the summers of 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004, Nickelodeon toured Australian beaches, setting up games and activities.[16][17][18]

Nickelodeon Magazine AustraliaEdit

The Australian Nickelodeon Magazine was a monthly magazine available in most newsagents and supermarkets between September 2005 and May 2006. The US 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 US counterpart, Nickelodeon Magazine. The first copy of the magazine was handed out free at the 2005 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards.

You're on NickEdit

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. Introduced 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.

The year 2014 saw the festival to tour 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).




See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Viacom Switches Pay-TV Partners". Media and Marketing. The Asian Wall Street Journal. 25 September 1995. p. 30.
  3. ^ Oliver, Robin (23 October 1995). "Cartoon Pump-out". The Guide. Sydney Morning Herald. p. 2. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
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  5. ^ Everton, Denise (31 December 1999). "First-footing down memory lane". Illawarra Mercury. Fairfax Media. p. 43. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2009. From Sunday, January 2, Nickelodeon Australia will extend viewing hours from 8.30 pm to 10 pm seven days a week, taking its total to 16 hours per day.
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  7. ^ Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). Winter. 2000. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Knox, David (23 March 2010). "Nickelodeon logo switch". Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Nick Junior To Launch on Sky in New Zealand" (Press release). MTV Networks Asia Pacific. 28 September 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  10. ^ Knox, David (30 July 2013). "Foxtel Play-offers first-ever internet-only subscriptions". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  11. ^ Knox, David (3 December 2013). "Foxtel Go adds Nickelodeon, MTV, ESPN". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  12. ^ FetchTV (16 December 2013). "Fetch TV". Facebook. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  13. ^ Davidson, Darren (16 December 2013). "Fetch muscles up before a Foxtel grab". The Australian. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  14. ^ Brown, Pam (17 February 1998). "Rich Mix To Start The Day". The West Australian. p. 12.
  15. ^ Rugrats Down Under Archived 14 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Nick Takes Over Your Beach". Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). 3: 4. 1998.
  17. ^ Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). Summer. 1999. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Sydney's Hotlist". Metro. Sydney Morning Herald. 9 February 1996. p. 3. Retrieved 27 November 2010.

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