It was my favourite channel at the time, though more for the comedy than the music. It was very popular amongst those working at the BBC too, it was always in the TV sets on the desks of the offices I visited and it was often available for viewing in places in TV Centre it probably shouldn't have been.
Run on a shoestring but even so it must have been UKTVs most expensive channel. Not only was there all the original and live programming but the music slots originally were all precompiled. Unlike MTV which will have had all their music videos in their playout system and just play them as needed, UK Play had all the music sequences in blocks that fitted between the ad breaks. Not much flexibility and I'd imagine quite time consuming/expensive. The music slots tended to be themed though and repeated fairly often
Eventually they built a system that could play the music 'live' but I don't think it started long before it closed
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 5 October 2019 9:10am
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