RIP to an Aussie Icon, Channel [V] set to close after 20 years
Foxtel today has announced that the brand Channel [V] will close after 20 years of operations.
A huge shock this morning as Foxtel announced that Channel [V] will be ceasing operation after 20 years of operations. The music channel was a stable in Australia households and launched the career of many household Australian entertainment presenters like Danny Clayton and Yumi Stynes.
A spokesperson from Foxtel told news.com.au:
“We are making some changes to our music channels on Foxtel. Starting from this Saturday, February 27 you will begin to see changes to Channel [V].
“Following on from that, from March 25 we will no longer use the Channel [V] brand, which will change to V Hits and V Hits +2. Hits features a line-up of music videos and countdowns, including the latest hits from Australia and around the world.”
The head of channels and operations for Foxtel, Stephen Baldwin, and executive director of television, Brian Walsh, allegedly sent an email to staff overnight in which they said the reason for Channel [V]'s decline is because of easy access to music videos online.
“Over the past several years music clips have become ubiquitous with availability on services like YoutTube, whilst linear broadcast audiences for music channels have been in steady decline. In order to run the Foxtel music services more efficiently we have decided to merge Channel [V] and [V] hits.
In the wake of the sad news there was an outpour of people sharing their Channel [V] memories on Twitter…
Thanks for the good times and all the hits Channel [V], here’s to you, you will be missed.