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Media Release
Monday 11 March, 2013

At SKY we love TV and we are excited to announce the launch of JONES!, a brand new channel offering an affectionate homage to television’s finest moments with an eclectic mix of programming favourites from a time where innocent first screen crushes were made and friendships lasted a lifetime.

JONES! will launch on Monday 13 May, 2013 at 13.00 (1.00pm) on SKY Channel 013 and will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers with the basic package at no extra charge.

“For many New Zealanders this will be like catching up with some old friends, with content we have all grown up with ranging from Bonanza and The Good Life to Porridge and Twin Peaks,” said SKY CEO John Fellet.

“We are continually looking to broaden the range of programming available to our basic tier subscribers and we know the inclusion of JONES! with its schedule of favourite British and American series will have a wide appeal across our audiences,” he said.

“It was a natural progression to add a channel like JONES! to our basic tier and make it available to all customers” added SKY Television’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar.

“We definitely see the channel as an entertaining and compelling addition to our basic tier line up. I remember seeing Kojak when it was first screened in this country and for me and many others this type of classic content will bring back brilliant childhood memories,” he said.

The name is also a nod to 70’s slang for being extremely fond of something and was chosen to reflect the content.

“We wanted to avoid anything predictable in favour of an ‘everyman’ name that befits the effervescence and colour of this eclectic content. New Zealand’s own Brandspank have done a wonderful job of creating a fun, friendly and iconic identity for the channel,” said Mr Dunbar.

JONES! programming features British and American content that has stood the test of time including Cheers, Columbo, The Wonder Years, Dad’s Army, Thunderbirds, Mork & Mindy, Minder, the Star Trek franchises, Shogun, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, The Bionic Woman, Kojak, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, TJ Hooker and many more.

Relax and catch up with some old friends when JONES! launches, Monday 13 May, 2013 at 13.00 (1.00pm) on SKY Channel 013.

JONES! at a glance

• JONES! will launch on Monday 13 May at 13.00 (1.00pm)
• JONES! will be available on SKY Channel 013
• Free to all SKY domestic customers with the basic package from 13 May 2013
• The content will be broadcast in SD