MUSIC video programs have come a long way since the days when Richard
Wilkins hosted the local, diluted version of MTV.
Overseas, 24-hour MTV has developed into an intriguing blend of the inane and
the interesting where programs such as 120 Minutes, a bastion of alternative
music, sit snarling beside chart-topping lightweights on high rotation. Locally,
the ABC's Rage powers ever onward.
Also locally, Galaxy's Red is making a name for itself as perhaps the most
innovative effort of the lot. Hosted by a trio of young and charismatic
figureheads - Jabba (pictured above), Leah Purcell and Toni Pearen - the
fledgling station continually surprises.
"We're really concerned with getting a look to Red so that it's not just a
video-clip channel," Jabba says. "So things like the gossip and the interviews
are really important."
Barely six months old, Red is still creating that look. As of today, however,
when the launch of Foxtel broadcasts Red into thousands more homes, the
direction may change. Says Jabba: "The subscriber has the power, so it's all
about who rings up and what they want to see. We are trying to build rapport
with the people watching."
Today's highlights include a Tom Waits concert recorded in Texas and a
special on Australian music that includes Radio Birdman and The Celibate Rifles.