Mitch Fifield worried about Hi-5

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield isn’t too worried about shows like Hi-5 potentially disappearing if changes to local content go ahead -but he is very worried about just who is in the rebooted group.

Appearing at a Senate hearing in Canberra today, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young asked the Minister if parents should be worried about the potential loss of Children’s TV titles, Mitch Fifield said it was too soon to talk about potential quota changes.

“I think the thing that should most worry parents is the ever-changing ensemble that makes up Hi-5,” he joked.

“I’m still very committed to the original line-up and I was a little unnerved at Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve that there was yet another incarnation of Hi-5.”

Nine launched their new-look Hi-5 on Christmas Eve with  Shay Clifford, Joe Kalou, Bailey Spalding, Lachie Dearing & Courtney Clarke.

“I’d always like to see more (Australian content) but in terms of what is appropriate, if we do have a review that will be something that submissions are received on,” the Minister said.

Source: Nine


  1. I find a lot of Aussie stuff is over the top giving us a name like bogans because of the stupid-slap stick theme they sometimes have. There have been many great shows in the past Like Blue Heelers, A Country Practice, but nothing really as good since. Kids show Around the Twist was interesting. Hey Dad, Midday with Ray Martin, Burke’s Backyard, Here’s Humphrey, Fat Cat… Not sure who does the cartoons on TV now but I find many of them pretty awful. Where is Dr Blake, he is one Australian show that makes the grade & he is nowhere to be seen. Wheel of Fortune , The Price is Right and thank goodness for laughs with Grant Denyer on Family Fued. Shame about Miss Fisher Mysteries ending and Essie being wanted somewhere else. That show didn’t go long enough. The only USA shows on now are good to me are NCIS,Criminal Minds, Madam Secretary & The Blacklist; they seem to all be holding their own.

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