|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Owner||NBCUniversal International Networks|
|Launched||April 2002 (New Zealand) |
|Closed||15 January 2023 (New Zealand) |
31 January 2023 (Australia)
E! was an Australian and New Zealand pay television channel, owned by NBCUniversal International Networks. Much like its American counterpart it featured entertainment-related programming, reality television and Hollywood news. It was available, at the time of closure, through the Foxtel and FetchTV platforms in Australia. It was available on the Sky platform in New Zealand, from April 2002 until 15 January 2023. It was also available on the Austar service prior to 2012. In 2014, it became available on Australian streaming service Foxtel Play.
NBCUIN signed a content agreement with Seven West Media in the Australian spring of 2022, which includes the launch of a new terrestrial channel, 7Bravo on 15 January 2023, that now includes E! content; with this, the previous content agreement with Foxtel was not renewed, and E! closed at 5:59 a.m. local time on 1 February 2023, which is considered the last minute of the 31 January broadcast day.
E! was relaunched in 2012, shortly after the American version of E! did the same rebrand, which included a revised logo. Kim Kardashian visited Australia to promote the rebranding.
The channel issued a casting call for journalists to become the face of E! Australia, and report on local entertainment news. The contest was won by Ksenija Lukich.