Rob Potts

The Federal Government has extended the Channel 31/44 licence on free to air Community TV until June 30, 2018.

Our Nu Country TV Series #34 resurrection show premiere is Saturday December 2 with Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Marty Stuart, Rick Hart, Kirsty Lee Akers and Aleyce Simmonds.

The show, hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson, airs Saturday at 9 pm with a dedication to our late long time benefactor Rob Potts who died at 65 on October 27.

Other major artists will feature in our summer series that previews the CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich from March 15-18.

The festival, celebrating its 11th anniversary after debuting in Thredbo, sold out 18,000 tickets in in record time before Potts death.

Two of the headliners - Georgian star Luke Bryan and Tennessean troubadour Dustin Lynch also play Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday March 20.

Fellow stars Darius Rucker and Luke Combs perform the Forum in Melbourne CBD on Monday March 19.

International artists Lee Brice and Kip Moore headline the Way Out West festival at the rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton , Queensland , before playing the Melbourne Forum on April 25.

We also have new video clips by former Gippsland born latter day Canadian star Gord Bamford, who returns home in March and plays the Village Green in Waverley , and other major artists. We have a diverse mix of bluegrass, western swing, honky tonk, Americana , country folk and Texas music.

Nu Country TV , filmed and edited by Laith Graham, has been a popular icon on free community TV for 16 years.

Our loyal and creative editor-camera operator and co-producer Laith took over the reins of Nu Country TV for 14 series for more than 200 episodes and ensured our survival.

Laith took a short break from filming and editing in November after suffering a serious hip injury in his professional career.

But the dynamic proud father has boomeranged for our summer and autumn series.

Singing actor Peter Hosking launched, edited and produced the earlier series that were born from the ashes of Nu Country FM .

The Federal Government belatedly granted the free TV spectrum extension after intervention by former independent Senator Nick Xenophon and massive media and community backlash about planned closure to community TV.

Channel 31/44 General Manager Matthew Field delivered resurrection news.

“The reality is that the spectrum we currently occupy is valuable and there is no doubt that in the future demand for spectrum will be driven by the data and digital economy,” Field revealed.

“But we have not been able to establish why there is such a rushed determination to kick us off air in the absence of any planned alternative use of our spectrum before 2019. In the context of the explosion of shopping and racing channels on free-to-air TV and concerns around the lack of diverse Australian voices in mainstream media, it is particularly puzzling that Community TV should be so readily kicked off free-to-air.”

Nu Country TV is broadcast live and also repeated online on the Channel 31/44 web page.

We value your loyalty and support dating back to our Nu Country FM radio debut in 1994 and appreciate your input on our future.

Meanwhile you can still access our recent shows at Channel 31.

Nu Country TV is a feature of C 31 streaming on Digital 44.

Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone -

Viewers can access Nu Country TV shows at the same link


We're indebted to editor and cameraman Laith Graham whose multi-tasking enabled us to broadcast continuously for 18 months.

Laith took the reins from teenage editor Blaize Warden for Series #19 and #20 who followed his secondary teacher Ashley Hall who edited the previous three series after a long editing stint by fellow teacher Peter Staubli.

Laith's creative editing enabled Nu Country TV , Digital 44, to reach a wide section of Melbourne , Geelong and environs and way beyond on Catch-Up TV on the C 31 web page.

If you miss one of our shows you can see it repeated on the C 31 web page for about three weeks.

Nu Country TV is a feature of the C 31 streaming list on Digital 44.

Just follow this link on your computer or mobile phone -


We thank all members, renewing members, sponsors, record companies, tour promoters, festival organisers, bands and artists for their support.

They include former Federal ALP member and veteran counter culture journalist Pete Steedman, Dead Livers drummer and magistrate Richard O'Keefe and family including Kew footballer son Johnny O'Keefe, the Bellarine peninsula Aqualina family holidaying in the Gulf Of Carpenteria and Kirby family in Deer Park.

We also thank Colin McGary and his family at Blackburn and East Box Hill Cricket Club for their loyalty and handsome donations. 

Nu Country TV is indebted to promoters Michael Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts Entertainment Edge for their generous sponsorship.

Our benefactors sponsored Series #23 and #24 of Nu Country with their Mavericks , Gary Allan and Blackjack Billy concert at the St Kilda Palais on October 1.

They sponsored Nu Country TV in Series #21 with the Toby Keith-Kellie Pickler-Eli Young Band and Gretchen Wilson tours in March and 7 th CMC Rocks The Hunter festival .

They also promoted Rascal Flatts-Band Perry St Kilda Palais concert in Series #19 and the concert by Georgian superstar Alan Jackson and Sara Evans in Series #20.

Potts and Chugg also sponsored Nu Country TV with previous Melbourne concerts by superstars Tim McGraw and singing spouse Faith Hill, Texan Eli Young Band, Dierks Bentley and Lee Kernaghan.

Sponsorship is appreciated as we receive no government or Arts funding.

If you want to be a sponsor please email us at

We're completely reliant on sponsorship and loyalty of members - some have been with Nu Country since our radio birth in 1994.

We broadcast as part of Yarra Access television group.


Web mistress Anne Sydenham has recruited sponsors for the web page, our comprehensive gig guide, concert section and Diary.

Anne has won wide praise for her web page, now celebrating its 13th anniversary, with hits from all over the world.

She designed the page and updates it with TV show previews, feature stories and her concert reviews and photographs.

Nu Country TV relies on loyal members and sponsors to survive and keep the dingoes from the door.


We thanks our gig guide collator Annie Christophers who has been a loyal and conscientious volunteer committee member on Nu Country since its radio era at Beer Can Hill in Northcote.

Annie followed her stint at Northcote to our studios at the Paris , Texas , end of Collins St in 2001 by collating our web page gig guide and helping organise and staff showcase concerts and benefits for both the radio station and TV show.

We wish Annie the best in her grand-maternal duties and well deserved overseas travel.

We also thank Secretary Denise Kuhl, who recently enjoyed an overseas sojourn with her award winning drummer partner Rob who guested with the famed Derailers band in Austin Texas .

Denise, Annie and membership officer Wayne Goldsmith helped source our Facebook page, aided by Anne Sydenham.

Please feel free to contribute to our Facebook page and alert fellow country fans through other pages.

Former Federal MP and pioneer counter culture journalist Pete Steedman, drummer Magistrate Richard O'Keefe and many other loyal member families gave us pro-active support with multiple memberships.

We also thank other loyal professionals - Vice President Rod Browne and fellow committee member Barry Hyde.



We are pleased to once again offer CDS and DVDS and occasional concert tickets as a token of our appreciation.

Without you we would not exist and have survived so long so we again reward members who renew memberships for just $20.

We also reward members who make invaluable donations with bonus CD and DVD prizes.

Sony Music promoter Gary English has provided new Jason Aldean CDs and DVDs to help promote his March tour.

And Gary also provided CDS by fellow Georgian Alan Jackson, seven time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, Adam Harvey and singing actors Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith.

There's also CDS by Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Charley Pride and more.

We also have a Lady Antebellum DVD.

Please note our new postal address - 45 Ferndale Rd , Glen Iris - 3146.

We have electronic banking for members wishing to renew online.

Please email us at and we'll supply our bank account details.


Singing actor Peter Hosking created Nu Country TV in 2002 after a long stint as a DJ on our radio station during its seven-year era at Beer Can Hill, Northcote, and Harley House at the Paris, Texas, end of Collins St in the CBD.

The aspirant radio station began at Bundoora in 1994 with the late former Preston mayor Bill Corrie as its embryonic president.

Hosking recruited fellow Nu Country FM DJS as hosts, filmed concerts and produced-edited the first four series.

The voiceover maestro, now living in exile in Prague, handed the reigns to Sofie Blichfeldt for Series #5.

Sofie then produced her own show Alone With Everybody for C 31 before graduating to Rockwiz on SBS-TV.

ABC-TV 2 has picked up Alone With Everybody and commissioned a new series - she might find time during sleep to film celebrity hosting roles for Nu Country TV.

Her workload, including long running Ten Network soapie Neighbours, prompted her to be succeeded by Kerry Richardson who edited Series #6, #7 and #8.

Richardson filmed concerts while Kris Walker edited Series #9.

Kris's successor Sean Tierney carried a hefty workload as he took over the filming and editing of Series #10.

Sean filmed several Nu Country TV concerts including the international showcase by Nashville singing satirist Kacey Jones and Oklahoma stone country star Becky Hobbs.

The famed show at the Noise Bar in Brunswick on February 1, 2008, was a nominee in the Antennas - the national community TV awards.

Kerry Richardson returned to editing Series #11 and #12 of Nu Country before handing the role to Peter Staubli for Series #13, #14 and #15.

Ashley Hall then edited Series #16, #17 and #18 before his protégé Blaize Warden edited Series #19 and #20.


We have been inundated with creative new video clips by the cream of Australian artists - both mainstream and independent.

Growth of video - as a surrogate in the unlucky radio country - has been a boon for Pay TV country channel CMC and Nu Country TV.

But we need more videos of international and local artists to blend in with concert footage.

The show has been screened in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand.

For editing purposes we prefer video clips in digital format - Youtube is preferable.

Please send your links to

Our postal address is
: 45 Ferndale Rd, Glen Iris 3146.

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Series -34
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2 December 2017

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