"It's the place to be."ABC3
is a digital channel, and the only free-to-air channel in Australia aimed mostly 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.note
Other particularly popular shows include Prank Patrol
and Nowhere Boys
. 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 there are also a lot of shows from the US (often featuring Marvel's popular heroes
) 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 such as Ouran High School Host Club
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.
, an Australian youth channel (for the 16-39 audience).
Shows created for or by ABC3 include:
Shows that have aired on ABC3 include: