Foxtel has announced that it will close Channel V this week.
The station, which lost 28% of its audience on the second half of 2015, will be replaced by a new 24-hour music video channel. In a statement Foxtel explains that the change will take affect from this Saturday, February 27 but that there will be no changes to their other music stations MAX, CMC or Smooth.
Channel V began life as Red on Galaxy – the now defunct precursor to Foxtel – in 1995. It was rebranded as V in 1997. Some of the stations most high profile presenters included Andrew G, Jabba, Chloe Maxwell, Andrew Mercado and Leah McLeod. The station’s infamous “Presenter Search” unearthed the likes of Yumi Stynes, James Mathison, Billy Russell and Marty Smiley.
The station’s current lineup of hosts features Danny Clayton, Carissa Walford, Generik, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and The Used’s frontman Bert McCracken. It was a regular fixture at festivals around Australia and hosted Channel V Island parties on Sydney harbour with acts like Major Lazer and Charli XCX.
Jane Gazzo has paid tribute to the station in a post on Facebook. “I spent 7 years working with incredibly talented people and we made bloody fantastic television,” she says. “I’m grateful for the skills and mistakes I made along the way. It was a great creative environment. We covered anything and everything: Big Day Outs, ARIA’s, Homebake, AMP, Splendour, did live TV weekly… it was fabulous!”
Channel V is closing on Friday. Must have been a tough call to make for MGMT. 20yrs of cutting edge TV, sad to see it go.
— Osher Günsberg (@oshergunsberg) February 23, 2016
Decades of music, concerts, punters, rock-stars, laughs, gaffs, jokes, tears, smiles and mostly love went into a sensational place. — Danny Clayton (@DannyjClayton) February 23, 2016
In 4 months time I’ll celebrate my 14th year at Channel V. That is nearly half my life and 1000s of hrs of live TV. I loved every moment
— Danny Clayton (@DannyjClayton) February 23, 2016
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that V Hits and Music Max were also due to close. Foxtel have since confirmed that only Channel V will be affected.