ABC3 – the new kid on the block
On Friday December 4, Australian kids will be able to access a whole new world of fun with the launch of ABC3 on digital TV and online. ABC3 is TV that speaks to kids – interactive, intelligent and entertaining – broadcasting from 6am to 9pm every day.
Best of all, ABC3 features the freshest, most exciting new talent in the country; six standout young people, selected from more than 5,000 who applied to the Me on 3 search that ABC TV ran earlier this year.
Amberley Lobo (18) from Perth and Kayne Tremills (22) from Melbourne will be the new hosts of Studio 3. Not so much a program as the home for everything that happens on the channel, Studio 3 offers a mix of fun, games, competitions, special guests and more. Studio 3 also has roving reporter Ben Crawley (22) of Adelaide, who will take ABC3 out to the streets.
Brisbane’s Scott Tweedie (21) will host the action series, Prank Patrol, in which kids get help to create, build and execute the prank of a lifetime on their chosen target…all in the name of good fun. Scott is assisted by the prank-loving Ninjas and a team of experts to help kids create a big time prank.
Hailing from Sydney is Hannah Wang, a 20-year-old with a passion for the extreme – handy for her new role as the co-host of the action sports show, Rush TV. A fast-paced blur of action sports and urban culture, Hannah and host Chris Boadle (a competition snowboarder), will be checking out the latest and greatest in snowboarding, bmx, skating, surfing and motocross.
Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen, a 24-year-old Sydneysider, will co-host Good Game SP. Offering all the latest gaming news, views and reviews, this specially created show is the younger sibling to ABC2’s highly successful Good Game program. Joining Steph in the ABC3 studio will be regular Good Game host, Steve ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell.
ABC3 is based on a premise – that Australian kids deserve better. Better quality content, that speaks with an Australian voice. A better variety of programs, that caters to different interests and tastes. Better scheduling and timing, so that when they want to watch TV, there’s something on for them. And better ways to interact and be part of ABC3 and influence what it is.
Director of Television, Kim Dalton, says the launch of ABC3 will usher in a new era of television in Australia. “Australian kids will get an innovative, new entertainment experience; one which is designed to challenge and excite them. It’s the television of the new century – accessible on many platforms, interactive and customisable. ABC3 is something we’re extremely proud of, and I’m confident it will become an important part of Australian kids’ lives.”
ABC3’s schedule offers a vibrant mix of genres and caters to different age groups and