“To have been a part of something that was so culturally significant for a generation of Australians is an incredible honour."
The demise of Channel [V] was a shock to many, but for host Osher Günsberg, who launched his career via the iconic Foxtel offering years ago, it wasn’t a surprise.
Appearing on a recent episode of The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast, Günsberg said “it's not like we didn't see it coming” and that its termination was “a confluence of things”.
“It was a confluence of mobile data plans getting larger and cheaper, the screen quality on a phone getting better, the internet speeds getting higher... the writing was on the wall,” Günsberg, who is currently hosting The Masked Singer, said.
“It's like, 'There's no need for a request show anymore because I can watch my new Cardi B/Megan Thee Stallion video as many times as I want on my phone. I don't have to fax a TV channel and ask them to play it 'cause I wanna see it and hopefully tape it.'”
The fact that Channel [V] acted as “the gatekeeper” for so long is something that Günsberg is “impressed with”.
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“To have been a part of something that was so culturally significant for a generation of Australians is an incredible honour and I want you to know for every one person that you may be familiar with on camera... there are people now who are moguls in this industry and they started at Channel [V],” he said.
“I'm talking people who have like big, big letters in front of their names! It's never gonna happen again and I can't be more grateful for the time that I had there and the experience of being a part of it for so long."