Nine confirms GO!99

By David Knox on July 15, 2009 / Filed Under News 118

go99The Nine Network has confirmed GO! as the name of its new entertainment channel, a name first revealed by TV Tonight in April.

Set to launch on August 9th, the channel will offer themed nights including reality on Tuesdays, science fiction on Wednesdays, and female-skewed content on Thursdays.

Titles will include Fringe, Survivor: Gabon, Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gossip Girl, The Hills, Moonlight, The Big Bang Theory, CSI: NY, Neighbours at War, Bad Lads Army, The Bachelor: Officer & A Gentleman, Dog The Bounty Hunter, The Wire, ET, CSI, Just Shoot Me, Little Britain, Aliens in America, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Privileged, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Seinfeld, Hell’s Kitchen and Wipeout Australia.

Some titles including The Vampire Diaries will start on GO! instead of the traditional Nine channel.

CEO David Gyngell talked about the the offering of the channel versus pay television.

“If you’ve been paying a thousand dollars a year subscription we might be able to give you a reason to save a thousand bucks.”

The youth-driven channel is targeted 14-39 year olds and available to viewers with digital television or a set top box.

CEO of PBL Media, Mr Ian Law said: “the launch of GO! is an important step in the evolution of free television in Australia. It means a significant increase in the choice available to viewers and advertisers on free to air television. We think the proposed schedule for GO! is exciting and as a Network we are focussing very much on having two channels with distinctly different content.

“We are already in the market talking with advertisers about our offering of Nine and GO! and it is a very exciting time for Australian television and the PBL Media Group.”

GO! will also be available on WIN. TV Tonight hints that there it could be GO! 88.

This post updates.

118 Comments »

  1. geoff September 2, 2010 at 10:21 am -

    please get rid of ‘home shopping’ we don’t want another station again saturating our screens with this rubbish on GO 99, you didn’t do it at the start of broadcasting, and why do you repeat shows all the time

  2. Jeanette Ward February 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm -

    I couldn’t believe my luck when I sat down this afternoon to watch Frazier while having a cup of coffee…my all time favourite episode was just starting. I called my sister and daughter and told them to watch Niles in the Valentines Day episode as I had told them how histerically funny it was. To my horror, right in the middle of his one-man slapstick, you threw in an ad break and ruined the entire act! It was only a 5 minute routine; surely, you could have waited two more minutes? You wouldn’t stop in the middle of a song for an ad would you?

    So disappointed Go TV :(

  3. John January 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm -

    Some of the old TV shows are very welcome and good to watch without the questionable material that permeates a lot of currently produced shows.

    The one major complaints that I have and find objectionable, is that most of the female voice-over announcers who advertise upcoming shows speak like they are prostitutes plying their trade on a city street. Can we have some “normal” voices please?

  4. Faith December 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm -

    channel Go 99 has good old shows but the amount it repeats it’s self is reticules.
    First same show twice in day then changed it to two diffrent shows in one day but repeat exat same show 24hr later. And the you repeat it no more than a moth later.
    You’ve played the same episode of bewitch 3 time in a month.
    Ridicules. Ridicules.
    Soon I’m not even going to bother looking at it.

  5. David September 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm -

    Is subtitles going to come on GO!

  6. David Knox August 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm -

    Call 1300 152 231.

  7. Vanessa August 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm -

    I can’t seem to get Go99. It says that this channel is not available.

  8. rocket August 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm -

    be nice if you could get the guide up on the digital to plan your programs ahead

  9. Damian August 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm -

    How about some SANFL replays from the seventies? Now that would be something, why do we get re-runs from the America

  10. same rubbish August 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm -

    Same Rubbish as on 9, no surprise there.
    Game Shows, Reality Types and old TV Shows, but no Gilligan’s Island

  11. James Russell August 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm -

    So GO is like GO Harvey (from Harvey Norman’s advertising campaign) or Go Holden (from Holden’s advertising campaign), But now its GO The New entertainment Channel for Channel Nine.

  12. bindi July 22, 2009 at 5:18 am -

    the ad for it you can watch on the 9 website also shows chuck and pushing daisies as titles for GO, so i guess them selling to foxtel was only the first run rights and they retain the right to repeat them.

  13. David Knox July 17, 2009 at 12:05 am -

    Not sure yet Matt… all early days.

  14. Matt July 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm -

    As being deaf, I’m more curious to know if they will have subtitles on this channel if any. I really want to see Survivor: Gabon. I’ve been wait for so long and spoiler-free.

  15. Goffy July 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm -

    I’m sure all we are getting here is dodgy shows

    very different from onehd…

  16. Josh July 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm -

    @ Beau – i called the Hobat office and the guy read me the email he had received about it. I asked him to confirm channel 80 or 88, he said 88. So seems to contradict other info. Like david said in the other post, spokesman are as often in the dark as we are.

  17. littlebitofwhatever July 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm -

    Neon Kitten says:
    July 16, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Wow, such old television!

    Fringe, seen it. Survivor: Gabon, seen it. Weeds, seen it. Gossip Girl, seen it. The Big Bang Theory, seen it. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, seen it.

    Seen all of ‘em ages ago *because* of Channel Nine. So have a vast majority nof fans of those shows.

    You must be somekind of superhero, Neon! You must think you are something special because you have downloaded these tv shows from the US and then, come on here and brag and boast about it!!
    FFS, get a life of something, you have nothing better than to on one hand attack Foxtel, and then on the other hand, boast about exactly how many tv shows you download from the US and UK, and try to make you sound like you are somekind of Hero or something….. sheesh….

  18. John July 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm -

    Can someone tell me – What are the governments reasons for only allowing the networks to produce 2SD/1HD channels?

  19. cpandilo July 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm -

    Luke, the new season of The Wire is expected to air on GO! in the next couple of months. The Wire will be shown from season 1 from next month on ABC2.

  20. Knowfirst July 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm -

    NBN receptionist just told me GO! will be on NBN from August as well. Fingers crossed.

  21. Steve July 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm -

    Perrin, if that is true (and I haven’t seen any mention of it, other than that Sky News might be broadcast) then it certainly won’t be on the HD channel

  22. tess1988 July 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm -

    looking forward to this channel alot, hope they give Nip/tuck and The wire decent timeslots, also are Freeview that stupit Go isn’t even listed as one of the freeview channels on the freeview website, all it says it coming soon

  23. Michael July 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm -

    The commercials are allowed 3 channels each, 2 sd & 1 hd channels, so when are they going to start truly multichanneling

    When will seven announce a start date for their second sd channel?

    And when will all the networks start using their hd channels properly?

  24. Bea July 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm -

    Josh – where did you see/hear the confirmation from WIN Hobart?

  25. Matthew R July 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm -

    Hope they hire some decent graphic designers, because this whole “GO!” feels very 90s.

    @Jackson, yes! Love to see some Conan on FTA!

  26. Ianblair23 July 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm -

    I am glad we have finally got some detail on this channel, but I still really really hate the name.

  27. Luke July 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm -

    Can someone please tell me which channel “The Wire” will be airing on.

    A couple of weeks ago we were told ABC2 was getting it, but now GO! has it.
    What is going on?

  28. Perrin July 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm -

    Is it true that the Seven Network is launching a 24 hour news channel on 7HD, to be titled ’7NEWS 24′? I certainly hope so!

  29. Ben July 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm -

    Finally a channel from 9 I will actually watch.

    By the end of the year Freeview looks like it could actually give paytv a run for its money if you own a DVR or Tivo of course. Fox8 clone from 9, sport from Ten, ABC2 for the cultish/quality type stuff and something for the kids on ABC3.

    If seven moved in on a lifestyle/documentary channel that would be great and round out the best of whats on paytv.

    Still no word if GO! will be a 24 hour channel though – my suggestion to Nine to be really youth orientated would be to have music videos overnight rather than dead air or repeats. Then repeat the stuff from the night before during the day.

  30. Jackson July 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm -

    I would like it if they could pick up some of the late night talk shows. Conan or some other letterman style shows.

  31. Michael July 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm -

    The old bad news good news story hey……
    Will this channel be 24 hours or part time?
    Are there going to be delays?
    Is there a daytime line up?
    is there a late night line up?

  32. Lewis July 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm -

    Damn it. Survivor had better be shown at a decent time, because we only have one digital TV and I can’t record anything on it. If it still gets a crap timeslot I’m screwed.

  33. TG July 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm -

    Where’s the local content? In the list announced so far there is only one programme from Aus. (Wipeout Australia) and one from NZ (Neighbours at War), beyond that there are a couple of UK shows and all the rest is from the US. We already have enough American rubbish on our screens. I’m not saying that all American programming is bad, but even already 7, 9, and 10 are showing some stuff of woeful quality and really I can’t expect that the stuff on GO! will be any better. A disappointing effort.

  34. Teddy July 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm -

    I have the slogan already:

    Where TV shows GO! to die…

  35. Josh July 16, 2009 at 11:38 am -

    Win Hobart just confirmed they are launching go! At the same time as channel nine but on channel 88

  36. Knowfirst July 16, 2009 at 10:53 am -

    I’d like to see their daytime lineup – surely they’d do a fair bit of KidsWB and ARIA music countdowns and things like that, but maybe they could even do a 5-10min “Nine News Now” or something similar that gives small bursts of news relevant to younger people. Similar to Hack on Triple J. Skew the news/interviews towards things young adults are concerned about.

    But being Nine, this won’t happen. They have no idea what young adults discuss!

  37. Andrew B July 16, 2009 at 10:52 am -

    Great to see the date did end up being in August. Hoping that programming on GO is much more stable than the main channel and the shows are able to be run from start to end. Also hope they start shows on time.

    The launch of GO is 9′s chance to start making a comeback for 2009 and an opportunity to re-luanch themselves overall.

    I’m guessing there will be no more 9HD break aways?

  38. bindi July 16, 2009 at 10:47 am -

    @glenn petrie – i don’t think the list is complete, nip/tuck may still be on GO. i think new amsterdam will be on it but it’s not on the list. @leon – you’re not the only one to notice most of these shows were axed by 9 or the new seasons simply not brought back, but that does not mean they are not worth airing. 10HD mostly consisted of such shows, mostly axed stuff and a few new ones. much of the reason these shows failed to fire on 9 was that viewers new what treatment to expect, but if you put a show on a channel where the ratings pressure is off and the shows are treated well viewers will start to trust again.

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