"It's the place to be."ABC3 is a digital channel, and the only free-to-air channel in Australia aimed solely at children (specifically primary and upwards). Perhaps unsurprisingly, more Australian kids watch ABC3 than any other channel.ABC3 has a quota of 50% Australian content. Since Australian television is not a thriving industry, the channel tends to air Aussie oldies like Round the Twist, but there's also been very successful new local programming. Dance Academy, produced specially for the channel, was the most popular drama series to hit its airwaves since its launch—the drama attracted up to 1 million viewers a week at the height of its popularity (and in Australia, that's huge). The channel has a tendency to create a lot of educational game show and/or audience participation-type programs. The non-Australian 50% are mostly Canadian or British series, but also include shows from the US and New Zealand, and miscellaneous content from all over the world. It is prepared to air dark and violent anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, along with the more lighthearted fare.Between shows, the channel has Studio 3, a show consisting of a string of quirky segments hosted by a team of young presenters.ABC3 is an initiative of Australia's state-funded broadcaster, The ABC. It launched on 4 December 2009 at 6pm. It also has the unusual distinction (for a TV channel) of being launched by the Prime Minister of the day, Kevin Rudd.Compare SBS2, an Australian youth channel (for the 16-39 audience).
Shows created for or by ABC3 include:
Shows that have aired on ABC3 include: