The Shopping Channel
The Shopping Channel logo
CountryNew Zealand
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Programming
Picture format720x576i
(anamorphic widescreen)
Ownership
OwnerOgilvy New Zealand
History
Launched1 October 2012
Links
WebsiteThe Shopping Channel (closed down)

The Shopping Channel is a New Zealand 24/7 Infomercial channel which is broadcast on Sky satellite.[1] The company was founded in 2010[2] and went live on 1 October 2012.[3]

The Shopping Channel was owned by entrepreneur Greg Partington[4] and is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

History

In April 2011, NZ government-owned national broadcaster Television New Zealand announced that it would be discontinuing its commercial-free 24-hour news and information channel TVNZ 7 from July 2012, which was utilising freeview digital channel 7 at that time.[citation needed] Greg Partington commenced negotiations with Television NZ to have The Shopping Channel broadcast on the same channel once TVNZ 7 had been closed down.[5] However an agreement was not reached, and Partington subsequently took the concept to SKY TV.[6]

The channel was formerly broadcast on channel 18 on the Freeview terrestrial and satellite platforms until April 2017.

Format

The Shopping Channel broadcasts wall-to-wall infomercial content from TV Shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except on Sundays between 6am-12pm, Anzac Day between 6am-12pm and all day Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day when documentaries from DW-TV are being broadcast; this is due to the Broadcasting Act 1989 which states that no commercial advertising can be shown on New Zealand television during those hours).

TV Shop offers a range of lifestyle and innovative products including health and fitness, home appliances, cleaning, toys and DIY, marketed through direct response television advertising, retail and online stores in New Zealand and Australia.[7] TV Shop is part of Brand Developers, which also includes Thin Lizzy, Bambillo, PowerFit, Nutri-Infusion, Bowflex and The Renovator.[8]

From launch until late 2013 the format was similar to the advertorial channels TVSN, TV4ME and eXtra that are carried on the three Australian metropolitan commercial networks of which eight hours each day was live, with pre-recorded content constituting the remaining 16 hours. The channel showcased various products which viewers could purchase by an e-commerce website or by phone. The website and phone line were shut down late 2013.[9] As with most home shopping cable channels, these products, such as jewellery and dresses, were mainly aimed at a female audience.[10]

Current Presenters

Past Presenters

References

  1. ^ About Us The Shopping Channel
  2. ^ THE SHOPPING CHANNEL LIMITED (3038503) New Zealand Companies Office
  3. ^ Shopping channel launches on digital TV Radio New Zealand 2 October 2012
  4. ^ The Shopping Channel: Greg Partington interview The New Zealand Herald 27 September 2012
  5. ^ Home shopping channel confirmed The New Zealand Herald 27 September 2012
  6. ^ Partington's Shopping Channel reaches for the Sky Stoppress 4 May 2012
  7. ^ TV Shop - As Seen on TV
  8. ^ Our Brands at Brand Developers
  9. ^ Easy does it for online buyers The New Zealand Herald 16 September 2012
  10. ^ Shopping channel hopes for half a million Kiwi women The New Zealand Herald 20 July 2012