Jun 262020
 

Reports suggest that the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will close in September 2020 on both Sky and Virgin TV services, as carriage agreements stall, and renewal looks unlikely.

The content from these three channels will be moved to Disney+, the newly launched subscription streaming service.

“From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK,” said Disney in a statement.
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May 192020
 

Sky channel reshuffle on 27th May due to two new Sky channels

 

As Sky is set to launch two new channels on the 27th May, a few of its channels will be relocated to new channel numbers

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature launch on the 27th May.

At the same time, History and History 2 become Sky History and Sky History 2.

New Sky channel numbers from 27th May 2020

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Apr 072020
 

BBC Plans Three-Hour Fund-Raising Special ‘The Big Night In’

The BBC has announced plans to host a coronavirus telethon on April 23, bringing together its two charity partners, Comic Relief and Children In Need, for the first time.

The Big Night In will be broadcast live from 7pm until 10pm on Thursday 23rd April, adhering to all of the government’s rules regarding social isolation.

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Mar 202020
 

Six Nations Rugby could go behind TV paywall from 2022???

The UK government has rejected the chance to ensure the Six Nations remains only on free-to-air TV by turning down a call to include the tournament as a category A-listed sporting event.

Current category A events, which must have live coverage made available to free-to-air channels, include the rugby union World Cup final, the football World Cup, Wimbledon, the Grand National and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

However, the Six Nations will remain a category B tournament, meaning live coverage can go behind a paywall provided highlights or a delayed broadcast are shown on terrestrial TV.
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Jan 212020
 

WWE comes to Channel 5 in new UK television deal

Earlier this month WWE launched on BT Sport in the UK, taking over the exclusive live broadcasts of Raw, SmackDown and NXT, as well as NXT UK and WWE’s monthly pay-per-view events from Sky Sports, who held those rights for the last 30 years.

Today WWE announced a new partnership with ViacomCBS’s Channel 5 to broadcast highlights of its weekly programs Raw and SmackDown on free-to-air television in the UK.

Beginning February 2, Channel 5 will air a one-hour version of Raw on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and one-hour version of SmackDown on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. In addition, NXT UK will air on Paramount Network each Wednesday from 12am.
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Jan 032020
 

A few UK TV channel closures happening in the near future…

Sewing Quarter – closed 30th December.
VH-1 UK – closes 7th January 2020.
5Spike – to be replaced by Paramount Network 7th January 2020.
Box Upfront – due to close at 6am on 9th January 2019
Universal TV – closes 27th January 2020.
Horse & Country – closes 31st January 2020

Sep 172019
 

F1 on C4 for more years as C4 and Sky extend partnership

Sky and Channel 4 have announced an extension to their live sport, advertising and on-demand content partnership

Following a successful 2019 season, highlights of Formula 1® and live coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a wider, multi-year content deal (note it does not say for how many years!)
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