ALT TV was a New Zealand broadcast, privately owned and operated 24-hour live-to-air music TV, which aired from 2006 to 2009 and was seen on SKY Digital channel 065. In March 2009, the company was placed into liquidation and the channel is now completely off-air.
ALT TV's most recent slogan was 'Know Good Television.' Their previous slogan was 'Actual Music Television.'
Created by Thane Kirby (founder of George FM) and Ricky Newby (creator of Deep Hard 'n Funky), it was launched in Auckland on UHF channel 62 on 14 November 2005. The television station also debuted on SKY Digital Channel 36 on Friday, 1 December 2006, moving to SKY Digital Channel 65 on 1 March 2007. As of early 2009 it was under new management. On 4 March 2009 Sky TV stopped transmitting the channel over its digital satellite (DVB-S) service replacing it with an image stating that ALT TV is no longer available in Sky Digital. The last song played to air was 'The End' by The Doors. While the Sky feed ceased, the web streams were still operational at this time. On 18 March 2009, a liquidator was appointed and ALT TV placed into liquidation. Then on 27 March 2009, the liquidators first report stated: "Reason for failure: substantial and consistent trading losses sustained". Finally on 28 March 2009, ALT's website went offline along with the FLV streaming indexers.
ALT TV catered for the alternative demographic which some consider a response to the growing commercialism in other New Zealand Music channels such as C4 and MTV. ALT TV supported niche musical genres as well as alternative rock, indie, old school Rap & hip-hop, heavy metal, blues, Soul, funk, jazz, alt country, punk, hard rock, glam rock, 80s, house, drum n bass and classic rock.
ALT TV supported New Zealand music and featured a high degree of unsigned and amateur content, including interviews, music videos and features of unsigned local bands. ALT TV was known for its intentionally unprofessional and unpolished style which is a common feature amongst most of their volunteer presenters and crew members. ALT TV would play Music Videos and performances sent in by local bands, thus being a launching ground for talent which would otherwise be ignored by commercial radio.
At last count ALT TV had around 424,000 monthly viewers and around 50 live to air shows, the highest number of live content in New Zealand. In March 2008 they kicked off their search for a confident topless news anchor to host their upcoming Marquis Condoms' Naked News Flash show for 3 months. Lisa Lewis became the eventual host and completed her 3-month contract with ALT TV and Marquis deciding not to renew the show.
Former show line up
|19:00||After work drinks||After work drinks||After work drinks||After work drinks||After work drinks|
|19:30||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles|
|20:00||Petrol Therapy||The Seen||Greencore||ALT-eroa||What the Heck, America|
|20:30||Alt-n-about||Alt-n-about||Alt-n-about||BFM TV||Friday nite live|
|22:30||Disruptive TV||World Music||Fire it up||Stereo Deluxe||The 80s show|
|23:30||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles||The Uncles|
|24:00||Overnight Playlist||Overnight Playlist||Overnight Playlist||Overnight Playlist||Overnight Playlist|
|16:00||Playlist||Hangover on Sunday with Adrian Drew & Andrew Ferguson|
|17:00||Playlist||The Vinyl Monologues|
|18:00||Playlist||Sparkle on Sunday|
|19:00||Welcome to the Gun Show||Sunday News Roast|
|20:00||Rock 101||Let's be Frank|
|21:00||Rockzilla||Cheese on Toast|
|22:00||Grunge Lounge||Ashtray Heart|
Breach of Broadcasting Standards
On Monday 15 October 2007 the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority ruled that ALT TV breached broadcasting standards on 6 February 2007 during the broadcast of Groove in the Park. The BSA fined the channel the maximum of $5000 and ordered the channel off the air for 4 hours. Following this ALT changed the censorship rating of many of their evening programming to a rating of '16' even when the content was not of an adult nature.