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Sydney 2oth May 2016, Media Animal.TV, a digital Australian animal channel hosted and produced by former Channel 9 newsreader Tracey Preston, today announced a partnership with ‘The Children’s Television Network’ which will see good news animal stories broadcast to sick children in hospitals across the United States.


The hospital television network beams feel-good programming to US hospitals, with predictions the audience will grow to an estimated 15 million kids per year as the network rolls out over the next 18 months. An interactive version of the Children’s Television Network is also in the works that will allow for Media Animal TV stories to be available on demand for kids in children’s hospitals that want to see more Australian animal stories.


President of ‘The Children’s Television Network’, Donnie Vick believes Tracey’s good-news Aussie animal stories will the perfect prescription for sick children confined to their hospital beds.


“To use an Australian term, we are “stoked” to have Tracey and her amazing stories of Australian animals as part of the smile team for the Children’s Television Network.”


“MediaAnimal.TV is a wonderful example of positive and inspirational programming coming together from around the globe to help our children’s hospitals treat sick children.


 ” How can you resist baby kangaroos and koalas? Tracey is ray of sunshine from down under delivering just what the doctor ordered for our kids,  said Vick.


Tracey Preston is just thrilled that her colourful stories will not only be seen by a wider audience via ‘The Children’s Television Network’, but more importantly help brighten the lives of sick children. Media Animal.TV is set to introduce US kids to our unique Aussie animals and some equally unique human personalities, from animal whisperers with amazing insights into pets, to quirky wildlife lovers who show us an unexpected side of nature.


While therapy animals have been used in hospitals for decades, not all children can access the real thing. Watching videos of cute animals can stimulate some of the same responses in our brains, however, inducing pleasure and relaxation. “It’s something that gives us pleasure, and makes us come back,” Yale psychologist Oriana Aragon has told CNN. “So seeing and caring for something cute acts in a similar manner in our brain; we see a cute baby, and instinctively reach out to cuddle it, our brain gets a dopamine boost to reward us, and boom, we’re happy.” A study at Indiana University found watching cat videos, for example, boosts viewers’ energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings.


Media Animal.TV can currently be viewed on YouTube and at www.mediaanimal.tv in Australia, and Preston expects to announce similar local distribution deals in 2016. Meanwhile Vick is hoping to bring the Children’s Television Network’s brand of hope and inspiration to Australian screens soon.


About Media Animal TV


Media Animal TV is the brainchild of Tracey Preston, an Australian television newshound with a passion for uncovering unexpected animal stories. Along with inspirational tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary work with animals, the show offers fantastic take home tips and advice from world-renowned pet and animal experts. MATV focuses on highly shareable, positive stories that educate, entertain and celebrate animals.


About Tracey Preston

Tracey is a television journalist with over fifteen years’ experience reporting and presenting Australian Television news for Channels 9,7,10 and SBS. Tracey has been covering the animal story beat for many years- a career highlight as a Channel 7 journalist was traveling to Zimbabwe with cricket legends Alan Border, Carl Rackemann and David Gower to raise awareness about the devastating effect poaching was having on the Black Rhino. As Executive Producer of MATV she has produced and covered countless stories about Australia’s own threatened species as well as unique stories about the ordinary people doing extraordinary work with animals along the way.


Tracey has also worked with big brands like Purina to positively shift Australian mindsets about adopting abandoned animals, and through her agency ‘Media Animal’ represented some of Australia’s most dedicated and talented people helping to better the lives of animals.


About The Children’s Television Network


The Children’s Television Network’s mission is to bring hope and smiles to children, parents and caregivers inside children’s hospitals. From celebrities, athletes and children’s content creators the network helps to bring everyone together to entertain and inspire the kids.

The Children’s Television is powered by The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


About Children’s Miracle Network:

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Right now there’s a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in your community.  In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that’s one child every second.



Media Contact:


Tracey Preston

Executive Producer

Media Animal. TV

Ph: 0409 228 929

email: tracey@mediaanimal.sqzstage.com