According to Broadcast, Viva is going to removed from DTT
(but is being kept on Sky and Virgin) and is going to replaced by Spike TV on the same LCN, sometime during the first quarter of 2015, by the looks of things it'll be heavily associated with Channel 5.
Viacom is to launch its male-skewing US channel Spike TV on Freeview in the UK.
The broadcaster, which acquired Channel 5 for £450m in May, will replace entertainment channel Viva with Spike TV on Freeview slot 21 in the first quarter of 2015. Viva will continue to air on pay-TV platforms Sky and Virgin Media.
Spike TV will feature a raft of US factual formats including Eyeworks USA-produced Bar Rescue, which currently airs on 5*, as well as repeats of Channel 5 factual series such as Cowboy Builders and Police Interceptors.
In the US, the channel airs edgy reality series such as Dave Navarro-fronted Ink Master Rivals, Tattoo Nightmares: Miami, dude food format Frankenfood and building series To Catch A Contractor.
Speaking in the UK for the first time since the C5 acquisition, Viacom president and chief executive Philippe Dauman, of Viacom said that Spike TV will evolve to commission original programming.
The channel will be overseen by C5 which has kicked off a hunt for a channel manager to report to director of programmes Ben Frow.
Viacom is also hoping to secure distribution on Virgin Media and Freesat for Spike TV and plans to use the UK launch as a stepping stone to further international launches.
Dauman said that he considers the UK as a “second home” for Viacom and a hub for its international expansion.
I'm quite surprised they're removing Viva from DTT, I'd have guessed that if any channel was to be axed then it would either be 5* or 5+24.