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C4 NZ TV Logo.gif
Launched June 29, 1997( as TV4 October 3 2003( as C4
Owned by MediaWorks New Zealand
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Country New Zealand
Formerly called TV4
Analogue VHF band
normally tuned to 4 or 10
Freeview|HD Channel 4
SKY Network Television Channel 012
TelstraClear InHomeTV Channel 12

C4 is a television station operating in New Zealand and owned by MediaWorks New Zealand.

C4TV was originally named TV4 and launched on June 29th 1997 as time flew past on October 1st 2003 TV4 ceased and broadcasting relaunched on October 3rd 2003 as a music channel called C4. With TV Programming it included local made shows such as Select Live,The Official NZ Top 40. But by time-wise the Channel is closed-down at 12am on normal Free to Air TV. But the channel is still 24-hours broadcasting on SKY Television SKY TV (NZ) and on Freeview Freeview NZ. New Zealand on Air paid $500,000 for the first year of operation and C4 was to broadcast 58 hours a week of music television in prime-time, reaching 72% of the population, with a target of 20-25% New Zealand music content agreed with NZ on Air.

C4 has a deal with MTV Networks to air MTV programming in New Zealand, which has proven successful to date, with shows such as Pimp My Ride proving popular among C4's target demographic. Music videos are being gradually replaced by content of this kind. The MTV content on C4 remains on air although Sky TV has launched a local MTV station featuring some of the same shows. MTV content has decreased because of increasing General Entertainment programming.

On April 11th 2007 C4 went widescreen 14:9 on the SKY TV in New Zealand. MediaWorks advised this editor in an email that 16:9 widescreen transmissions begins a few weeks after April 11. C4 had completed its full switch over on May 2nd. Which in fact was the exact same day as Freeview NZ Launched. It screens 16:9 ratio on analog VHF boradcasts.

As at July 1, 2008, the channel is currently in the process of changing into a youth orientated entertainment network (as opposed to a music channel), operating under the same programming direction of its sister station TV3. As well as this, C4 moved to channel number 12 on Sky Digital and TelstraClear InHome TV platforms to reflect its new programming direction with a reduced focus on music.

The first TV4 Logo from 1997 to 2001.




TV Guide

TV Schedule - Shows - C4TV


In its relatively small time on air, C4 has caused controversy around New Zealand.

The first such instance was when it chose to air the BBC series Popetown becoming the first TV network in the world to show the series, originally made for the BBC but then pulled from their schedule. This caused much controversy with New Zealand Roman Catholics as it was seen to be demeaning of Pope John Paul II. However, all 10 episodes made were aired. This prompted bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand to call for a boycott of all CanWest radio and television stations.

The second TV4 Logo from 2001 to 2003.

Catholic leaders and other religious groups such as Family Life International called for a boycott of all CanWest stations in February 2006 when C4 chose to air the South Park episode Bloody Mary earlier than originally planned. The following day it was reported that the episode was C4's highest rated show ever, drawing 210,000 viewers, six times South Park's normal audience. Protests were held outside the C4 studios the night it aired and the episode drew the most complaints ever received by the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

The original logo for C4 used between 2003 and 2009.

Flashbacks, Amp'd , Freestyle, Intellectual Property and The Sound Lab all suffered from C4's mid-2006 revamp. C4 wanted to air new shows, along with a new on-air identity which was launched soon after, with all five shows being cancelled.


These are shows that C4 owns the right to screen throughout the year.

Local Programming

  • Jono's New Show
  • 100 New Zealand Pop Culture Stories
  • Rocked the Nation
  • Select Live
  • The Official NZ Top 40

Imported Programming

Moved shows

These shows have been moved from TV3, C4's parent channel, and are now screening on C4.

Upcoming Shows

Awards Shows

See also


External links


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