Nick Jr.
CountryAustralia
Broadcast areaAustralia
New Zealand
Programming
Language(s)English
Māori
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Ownership
OwnerParamount Networks UK & Australia
Sister channelsNetwork 10
10 HD
10 Bold
10 Peach
MTV
Club MTV
MTV Classic
MTV Hits
Nickelodeon (pay-TV)
Nickelodeon (free-to-air)
NickMusic
Comedy Central
History
Launched1 January 1998 (1998-01-01) (block)
14 March 2004 (2004-03-14) (channel)
Links
Websitewww.nickjr.com.au
Availability
Streaming media
Fetch Mobi (AU)Channel 253
Sky Go (NZ)skygo.co.nz

Nick Jr. is a 24-hour children's pay television channel in Australia and New Zealand 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.[1] The channel is owned by Paramount Networks UK & Australia, and was also available on Optus Television.

History

logo used from 2007 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 and LazyTown, the block itself was also joined by a presenter known as "Face" which presented the Australian-input from 1998 until 2006, the Australian-input was also the last of the few international Nick Jr. block to have Face being replaced, as others stopped using him by 2004 and 2005, the actor who voiced the Australian dubbed Face is currently unknown.

On 21 January 2004, Foxtel announced a brand new digital service along with new channel line-ups which included Nick Jr.[2] 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 8:00am until 10:00am, 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[3] and Gardening for Kids with Madi.

The channel used the new Nick Jr. logo from Friday 26 March 2010.[4] 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).

During the time Nickelodeon had a separate channel in New Zealand, it had a Nick Jr. block running from 9:30 am to 2 pm from Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday and Friday and 6:30 am to 8 am on weekends. After the closure of the New Zealand feed, the Australian feed of Nick Jr. launched in New Zealand on 24 December 2010.[5]

On 29 February 2012, a 60-second anthem aired.[6]

On 3 December 2013, Nick Jr. became available on Foxtel's streaming service Foxtel Go.[7]

On 1 January 2014, Nick Jr. launched on Australian IPTV provider FetchTV.[8][9]

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.

On 1 August 2023, Nick Jr. was removed from Foxtel[10] following an announcement that 10 Shake would rebrand as Nickelodeon[11] on the same day, with selected programmes being shifted to that channel and was replaced by Nick Jr. Europe. Fetch TV continues to broadcast the channel in Australia, and a variant of the channel is offered as a FAST channel on 10Play.[12]

Programming

Current programming

Logos

Presenters

See also

References

  1. ^ Fenech, Stephen (17 March 2004). "Supplement: The future is in your hands". The Advertiser. p. D01.
  2. ^ "Unknown Error". Foxtel. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Worldwide distribution for children's cookery show". C21Media.
  4. ^ Knox, David (23 March 2010). "Nickelodeon logo switch". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Media Research Asia.com". 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  6. ^ Nick Jr. (Australia) Anthem - 2012, retrieved 6 August 2023
  7. ^ Knox, David (3 December 2013). "Foxtel Go adds Nickelodeon, MTV, ESPN". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ FetchTV (16 December 2013). "Fetch TV". Facebook. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  9. ^ Davidson, Darren (16 December 2013). "Fetch muscles up before a Foxtel grab". The Australian. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  10. ^ Foxtel (18 July 2023). "Thank you for watching Nick Jr". Foxtel. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  11. ^ Mediaweek (22 June 2023). "Shake It Off: 10 Shake to rebrand to the Nickelodeon channel as the brand goes in-house at Paramount". Mediaweek. Archived from the original on 22 June 2023. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Fetch". www.fetchtv.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  13. ^ Higgins, D (9 March 2015). "New this week: Australian Grand Prix, The Red Road, Turn, Science Of Stupid, 2015 ASTRA Awards and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved 9 March 2015.