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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Blockbusters to be revived

I imagine it's a bit more than that, does Viacom have any other premises?


They had premises in Rathbone Place for Nick & Comedy Central, but they appear to have moved into Hawley Crescent.

Yep, they're all based from Camden now.

A key reason for the closure of the MTV studios and conversion to office space was so that the other Viacom channels could move in.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Blockbusters to be revived

I know that Fremantle no longer own Channel 5, Viacom do, but I wonder if Channel 5 is the location for this programme?

Doesn't work like that, it's simply a case of what facility can accommodate a programme's needs and if it's within budget. (If you're referring to studios)

If you're referring to studios, Channel 5 can't be the location because it doesn't have its own studios.


Even its owner Viacom doesn't really have any studios now, following the redevelopment of MTV Studios in Camden.

The only other studio MTV/Viacom had was in Leicester square, but not sure if that still exists.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

Now that Scuzz has closed, this means that CSC's remaining music channels (Chart Show TV, Chart Show Hits, The Vault and Starz) are purely pop/chart music-focused channels, following the previous closures of channels including NME, Bliss, Flava and the rebranding of Chart Show Dance to Chart Show Hits).

Chart/mainstream pop channels obviously get higher ratings than niche channels like Scuzz, and there's a similar situation with the Box Plus channels, where Kerrang (a similar channel to Scuzz) is the only real niche channel.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV Theme Announcement

The Emmerdale rearrangment worked. Corrie's didnt and sounded awful.


I haven't seen either yet, however piano was quite prominent in the original Emmerdale Farm theme so not surprising that worked.



It was actually the original "Emmerdale" theme that featured the piano:



The original "Emmerdale Farm" theme featured an oboe:

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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

The EPG was showing "Scuzz is Dead" from midnight last night until 6:00am tomorrow morning (after which it said "programmes no longer available")

I was expecting it to stop broadcasting at midnight last night, and then noticed it was still broadcasting this morning (with a "Scuzz is Dead" DOG), so was expecting it to continue until 6:00am tomorrow, so seems a bit odd for it to have stopped broadcasting at 9:01am.

Its EPG slot has now been taken by Christmas Hits (Chart Show Hits)
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Sony Crime Channel 2 to close

What is basically the original Sony business is what is left of Dolphin Television with the Sony Movie Channel and their Crime brand.

What I would say is that some employees who work for the CSC channels say they work for Sony Television rather than CSC.

CSC Media Group Limited still exists as an active company, but the CSC brand doesn't really seem to be used anymore.


http://www.cscmediagroup.com now redirects to the Sony Pictures Television address posted above.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Sony Crime Channel 2 to close

Don't know why, but Sony / CSC have always closed channels in November over the last few years.

Bliss closed in November 2015
Flava closed in November 2017
Scuzz and Sony Crime Channel 2 to close in November 2018

The link from that website is out of date, as it includes Flava.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

STV Main Thread:

STV has now got a countdown DOG for I'm a Celebrity, in the top right of the screen.

This is the sort of thing I'd expect to see on ITV2 or ITVBe, not on STV!

Edit: It was on-screen for the whole of part 1 of This is Me, and has been removed during part 2.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Local TV

That's odd. Neither of those are in your region (That's North Yorkshire), they're served by That's York and That's Humber respectively. Did they use the takeover of Estuary's licence as an excuse to make cutbacks in Scarborough?


It’s what That’s do, my Basingstoke service is full of stories from the Solent and Salisbury That’s, making it no more ‘local’ than the BBC or Meridian programmes. As said many times before, the whole outfit is a useless disgrace

There isn't a That's Basingstoke, it's That's Hampshire, but doesn't explain why they're showing stories from Salisbury.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Could UKTV be scrapped?

It was also my understanding that it would be a 60:40 split, which is why the BBC was planning to pay Discovery £100m for 10% of UKTV, so that the BBC would get the 6 entertainment channels, and Discovery would get the 4 lifestyle channels.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November


I know MTV Classic usually rebrands to MTV Christmas, but I don't ever remember VH1 rebranding to VH1 Christmas in the past (I only recall VH1 Classic rebranding to VH1 Christmas before it became MTV Classic).

VH1 did rebrand last year (the reason why the branding exists), I don’t think they did before that, they just played festive shows and music.

The reason why the branding exists is that VH1 Classic used to always rebrand to VH1 Christmas (before it was rebranded to MTV Classic), so it sounds like they've resurrected the brand, which is a bit unnecessary now that they've got MTV Christmas as well.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

Any TV channel with an audience share of 0.01% is living on borrowed time.

From the BARB viewing figures, it was the worst performing of the CSC music channels.

From the weekly Top 10 programmes, the highest rating programmes typically got around 4-5,000 viewers.

As a comparison:
Chart Show TV and Chart Show Hits: typically ~20,000
The Vault: typically ~20,000, but up to ~40,000
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

Uproar from some Scuzz/MTV Rocks fans on Twitter today as MTV Rocks has been replaced by VH1 Christmas. Strange that they’d launch VH1 Christmas as usually MTV Xmas replaces MTV Classic towards the end of November, unless we’re going to have both this year.


Yeah, MTV Rocks has now become VH1 Christmas due to the main channel being fully-entertainment now, and later in the month MTV Classic will become MTV Xmas (which I would have thought would happen with MTV OMG since that’s been the rebrand channel mainly this year).

I know MTV Classic usually rebrands to MTV Christmas, but I don't ever remember VH1 rebranding to VH1 Christmas in the past (I only recall VH1 Classic rebranding to VH1 Christmas before it became MTV Classic).
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

Another of CSC's music channels bites the dust.

Flava closed this time last year (on 1st November 2017), and they removed all but one of their music channels from Freesat earlier this year (leaving just the Vault).

This will leave just 4 CSC music channels: Chart Show TV, Chart Show Hits, The Vault and Starz TV.

Wouldn't surprise me if Chart Show Hits goes soon, as it's so similar to Chart Show TV.

When Bliss and Flava closed, they closed suddenly without any notice, so it makes a change that they're actually announcing this closure.

Chart Show Hits is now Christmas Hits for November and December.


I'm aware of that, but doesn't mean it won't close at some point in the future.

Bliss used to always be the channel that rebranded at Christmas (when it became Blissmas), and that closed suddenly at the end of November 2015, right in the middle of its Blissmas branding.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Scuzz closes 15th November

Another of CSC's music channels bites the dust.

Flava closed this time last year (on 1st November 2017), and they removed all but one of their music channels from Freesat earlier this year (leaving just the Vault).

This will leave just 4 CSC music channels: Chart Show TV, Chart Show Hits, The Vault and Starz TV.

Wouldn't surprise me if Chart Show Hits goes soon, as it's so similar to Chart Show TV.

When Bliss and Flava closed, they closed suddenly without any notice, so it makes a change that they're actually announcing this closure.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV abandons the South Bank


YTV studios in Leeds is much bigger than Lenton Lane and Emmerdale sustains the whole facility.


In terms of network production though, Emmerdale is all there is there now, and the studios have downsized so there's no room for anything else.



Emmerdale doesn't quite sustain the whole facility.

There's various other things there, including Calendar, production offices (including Countdown and Shiver), the Northern Transmission Centre, and the ITV archive (which holds the archive for a large number of regions, and occupies a whole building). I believe there's also some independent companies based there as well.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Big Brother UK

Finally watched the finale on catch up - let's just say the 'final' ending on Channel 4 was much more extravagant, Channel 5's finale just looked like a wounded animal in comparison.


Channel 4 made much more of an event of Big Brother ending, with a night of special programming on the final night (including Dermot's Last Supper and Davina's Big Send Off), together with various special programmes in the months leading up to the finale (including The Big Quiz, the Big Awards Show, a Come Dine with Me Special, and a couple of documentaries).

Apart from Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Channel 5 didn't really do much at all to mark the end of Big Brother.
kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV abandons the South Bank

It is a crying shame that there is now a huge hole in the Midlands. But I think the plans to close Nottingham had been on the cards for a while - there's a theory that the controversial second, Yvon Grace-led reboot of Crossroads was done deliberately with the sole intention of killing off the show, and taking the whole of Lenton Lane with it. The first reboot was starting to show real promise and at that precise point it was pulled off-air, rested for 4 months, and then re-rebooted in the most ridiculous, garish way possible with the PR very deliberately engineered to alienate the existing audience. It was then very quickly junked by the network - after less than 2 months on-air I believe.

Crossroads took up a good two studios in the complex I believe, and had it been allowed to grow and develop could have kept a facility open in the Midlands. Indeed, who knows? Nottingham could have become a major "meedja" city instead of Salford.


I agree that the Yvon Grace reboot was a complete disaster for the show and should never have happened, but if ITV had really wanted to kill off Crossroads, surely they would have just axed it, rather than wasting money on a rebrand which they knew wouldn't last long.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the original set for the 2001 version cost over £1 million to create, so it seems crazy that they would deliberately waste time and money on a new set if they were intending to axe the show after a few months.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

Trouble at Vintage TV?

Kapang's Vintage TV online channel has been rebranded to "Rathergood Vintage", and the DOG now states "Vintage Music" (although there are still references to Vintage TV in the channel description).

They have also removed the links they previously had to Vintage TV programmes. Kapang did previously say that they were hoping to purchase their back catalogue, so maybe they haven't been able to do this.

From what I've seen on the Facebook page, it looks like Vintage TV Canada could end up going the same way as the UK channel, as its Facebook page hasn't posted anything since August, and it sounds like its programming is stuck on a continuous loop.

Given all this now that Vintage Entertainment Ltd is in administration, it makes you wonder what will happen to their programme archive. It would be a real shame if it ended up being dumped/wiped, but then would that sort of programming be of any use/value to other broadcasters, given that there aren't really any other similar channels around? It would be nice to think it would end up somewhere like the BFI, the National Library or one of the regional archives, rather than being lost forever.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

BBC News Channel Presentation - 21/03/16 onwards

I suspect the 11pm hour will be branded 'Newsnight' before long...


If Newsnight were ever to become a BBC Two & BBC News Channel simulcast starting at 11pm, at least that would mean it would *have* to actually start at its billed time of 23:00 exactly!

Newsnight seems to have *always*
(or at least for as long as I care to remember) started a couple of minutes or so later than the billed time of 10:30pm.

BBC Two seemingly deliberately makes timings slip as the evening progresses (e.g. by showing too many promos between each programme, or whatever), to make Newsnight start late.


The late start of Newsnight was historically based on waiting for the 10 o'clock News to finish, so that viewers could switch over without missing much.

Back in the days when the regions handed back to the 10 o'clock News when they finished, the network presenter would then say something along the lines of "Newsnight's getting underway over on BBC2" before the programme ended.

The 10 o'clock News now finishes later, but viewers can still switch over to watch the beginning of Newsnight if they don't want to watch the regional news.
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kernow928 posts since 18 Jan 2006

ITV abandons the South Bank

Crossroads took up a good two studios in the complex I believe, and had it been allowed to grow and develop could have kept a facility open in the Midlands. Indeed, who knows? Nottingham could have become a major "meedja" city instead of Salford.



If Crossroads had continued, Lenton Lane would have been kept open for longer, but I expect it would have closed or downsized at some point, as I don't think Crossroads on its own would have been enough to sustain the whole facility.

I expect it would have eventually ended up either closing completely and relocating to a new location (like Coronation Street), or downsizing to a section of the facility, with the rest being sold off.