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Jon7,674 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
See that Channel Four has bought out Bauer Media and has taken full control (albeit with licensed TM channels) of the Box Network today






I'd have thought this would have been a strange move. Are music channels not dying off in general?

They don’t have to be music channels.
Inspector Sands13,508 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Couldn't they have just bought 4music on its own, or would that have been too complicated? Or Bauer stipulating they had to buy them all?

Operationally the channels will share a lot of resources - production facilities, playout, planning, management etc, to spin one off would presumably be fairly complicated, and they'd just end up with the name and epg slots
kernow1,222 posts since 18 Jan 2006
See that Channel Four has bought out Bauer Media and has taken full control (albeit with licensed TM channels) of the Box Network today






I'd have thought this would have been a strange move. Are music channels not dying off in general?



There was another music channel sale last month, with the sale of the former CSC music channels by Sony to Trace.

The fact that there has been 2 transactions involving music channels in less than a month shows that music channels aren't over quite yet (if there was no value or future left in them they would have probably been closed down rather than sold).

There's also a new music channel due to launch this month, Vintage Music (by View TV Group, who previously ran the Vintage TV online stream).
PATV Scunthorpe630 posts since 2 Sep 2014
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Well, I guess they have a plan ahead so we'll have to see what they do with them. Do we know if they'll remain as pay channels?

I don’t think they are pay channels, they’re all FTA with 4Music being FTV (due to a recent satellite deal with Globecast, encrypting 4Music as it’s a European-wide satellite) m
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