Four Foxtel music channels will come to a close on Tuesday after the Pay TV broadcaster announced an overhaul which introduces ViacomCBS music channels.
Channel [V] ends after 25 years, MAX ends at 20 years, CMC at 16 years and Smooth at 6.5 years.
Former presenter Osher Günsberg said, “No surprises when I tell you it was the greatest job that I’ve ever had with the greatest team that I’ve ever worked with both on and off the camera.
“The groundbreaking television that we were making from The Big Day Out to the Bus shows to just a regular Thursday at [V]HQ where another massive band would rock the socks off their fans.
“We were pushing the limits of what could be done with the audience and with the available technology every single day. We were doing things that other TV stations wouldn’t even think of doing for years. Thank you Channel [V]. You changed my life, gave me lifelong friends. You let be absolutely terrible with awful hair, well before I was anywhere near good.
“You gave me 10,000 hours of live TV flight time before I ever got near network television.
“You set me up for the incredible career that I’ve had since then. You gave this massive music fan. a front row seat for the ride his life.”
Molly Meldrum said after Countdown ended it was so important.
“It was one of the best channels ever,” he said.
Channel [V] Ch. 801
Launched in 1995, emerging from Galaxy channel Red, and operated by XYZ Entertainment. Closed in 2016 but [V] Hits became Foxtel [V].
Presenters included Danny Clayton, Carissa Walford, Andrew G, James Mathison, Jane Gazzo, Maynard, Jabba, Maya Jupiter, Kyle Linahan, Renee Bargh, Marty Smiley, Billy Russell, James Kerley, Andrew Mercado, Nathan Harvey, Molly Meldrum, Yumi Stynes, Toni Pearen, Leah Purcell, Deni Hines, Chloe Maxwell.
Highlights included Channel [V] Presenter Search, Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year, Guerrilla Gigs, Channel [V] Music Bus, [V] Island Parties, B430, Cash Cab, The Riff, whatUwant and Band in a Bubble featuring Regurgitator at Federation Square.
MAX Ch. 805
Launched as musicMAX in 2000
Highlights include The MAX Sessions, Studio MAX, My First Gig, MAX 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time, Later With Jools, MAX By Requests, The Know, My Top Eleven, MAX Superstar, Live Music
Country Music Channel Ch. 815
Launch in 2004
Highlights included CMC Awards staged in Queensland, CMC Rocks the Snowy, The CMC Top 30 Countdown, Spotlight which profiled artists, Rollin’ With…hosted by Steve Forde and Muster Masters, a game show hosted based around the Gympie Muster.
Smooth Ch. 806
Launched in 2013 in partnership with Nova Entertainment.
Presenters: Cameron Daddo, Marcia Hines,
Cameron Daddo recently told TV Tonight, “I don’t have anything to do with Smooth on Foxtel anymore and haven’t done for 12 months. I was bummed because I thought it was terrific and I loved working with Foxtel. When they said, ‘We’re just going to have it as videos, we’re not going to do any more presentation pieces, I thought it was a shame.People used to stop me all the time and say, ‘I saw you on Smooth.’
“I think that was probably the writing on the wall when they decided to do a channel share (with Foxtel Arts).”
Refreshed musical channels from July 1 are: MTV HITS, MTV Classic, Club MTV, CMT (Country Music Television) and Nick Music,